Tax preparation professionals must keep their clients happy while staying within the bounds of the law. This is not always an easy balance. However, a failure to manage this balance can result in allegations of criminal wrongdoing. Two specific allegations a tax preparer must avoid are those of enabling the commission of a tax evasion crime and failing to prevent such a crime.
The Department of Justice recently charged a tax preparer of 30 counts of tax fraud. Of these allegations, 21 survived the initial stages of the process and made it to court.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) accused an owner and operator of a tax return preparation business of filing fraudulent tax returns.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently announced the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP) will come to an end in September of 2018. The OVDP was essentially a set of rules that outlined how United States taxpayers could voluntarily come into compliance with tax obligations for foreign assets. In exchange for voluntarily bringing these obligations into compliance, the taxpayer would face minimal penalties. This often-included freedom from criminal persecution.