Weary Detroit residents simply cannot escape the political corruption headlines. While Texas has seen its fair share of corruption over the years, the city of Detroit has been hammered with it. On Oct. 3, a former fundraiser for Kwame Kilpatrick, the ex-mayor of Detroit, pled guilty to tax evasion and also agreed to testify against the mayor.
As much as the IRS adheres to stringent guidelines for the average American taxpayer, it also desires to protect taxpayers from those who may seek to take advantage of them. As such, the IRS issues a list every year called the "Dirty Dozen Tax Scams."
A Big Sandy, Texas, husband and wife were given lengthy prison sentences recently after being found guilty of illegally claiming exemptions from federal income taxes. Sentencing for the husband and wife took place on Sept. 30. They were charged with numerous tax crimes, including conspiracy to attempt to evade federal income tax and five counts of attempting to evade federal income tax.
IRS agents are visiting Fort Stockton, Texas, and not to take in the scenery. Caught in the crosshairs are city officials, who argue they were left hung out to dry by former officials. It was recently reported that $1 million in city money had been misappropriated. The discovery was made only a few weeks ago, but the IRS is already getting involved.
Wildfires ripped through parts of Texas in late August, indiscriminately destroying homes and businesses. Those who were affected by the disaster likely have much to do to recover. The Internal Revenue Service recognizes this and is enacting tax relief for those who live in certain Texas counties -- Bastrop, Colorado, Leon, Travis, Williamson and Houston -- designated as federal disaster areas.