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August 2015 Archives

Two U.S. Return Preparers Sentenced for Enabling Offshore Tax Evasion

The Department of Justice announced that a father and son team of tax return preparers have been sentenced for conspiring with clients to prepare false tax returns omitting the clients' foreign financial accounts or foreign income. David Kalai has been sentenced to serve 36 months, while his son, Nadav Kalai, was sentenced to 50 months.

Worker classification update, part 2: the 1099-driven economy

In the first part of this post, we took note of the latest interpretation from the U.S. Department of Labor on distinguishing independent contractors from employees. The Labor Department is likely to continue to raise questions about whether employers are making classification decisions that comply with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

District Court Upholds FBAR Penalties but Scolds IRS for Misleading Taxpayer

The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington has upheld FBAR penalties of $10,000 for tax years 2005 through 2008, but admonished the IRS for what it said was "arbitrary" and "capricious" conduct. As a result, the court ordered that any additional interest or late payment penalties are void.

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