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February 2015 Archives

Online Filers Should be Wary of Identity Theft

A surge in fraudulent state tax filings in 19 states appears to involve personal information stolen from TurboTax. The FBI is working to determine who used stolen data to obtain bogus refunds from various state agencies and whether federal returns are also involved.

Indicted Swiss Banker Arrested in Germany

A former Swiss banker who was indicted in the United States three years ago has been arrested in Germany and is expected to be extradited to the United States. Roger Keller, a former client advisor at Wegelin & Co, was indicted in 2012 for helping Americans hide more than $1.2 billion.

IRS 2015 Priorities Include Uncovering Offshore Accounts

The IRS has announced its annual "Dirty Dozen" list of tax scams, which are areas of enforcement that the agency will focus on in 2015. Once again, the list includes undisclosed offshore accounts, which has been a top priority since 2009.

Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program to Remain Open Indefinitely

The IRS announced that its popular Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP) will remain open on an indefinite basis, while warning taxpayers that identifying individuals with undeclared offshore accounts remains one of the agency's top priorities.

Tax avoidance vs. tax evasion, part 2: the role of legal counsel

In part one of this post, we discussed the important distinction between tax avoidance and tax evasion. Tax avoidance, we explained, involves using legal means to get around or minimize tax liability. Tax evasion, by contrast, involves actions such as not reporting income that, when done willfully, can lead to criminal charges.

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