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August 2019 Archives

IRS encourages tax professionals to review their client security

Cybercrime is problem tax professionals must face on a daily basis. Tens of thousands of taxpayers are at risk of identity theft due to information stolen by cyber criminals from tax professionals. In an effort to reduce this risk, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently reminded tax professionals to promptly report data theft to the agency. The agency states if it receives notification in a timely manner it can help to stop fraudulent tax returns and better protect the client’s information.

Texas Governor extends state tax benefits for solar panels

Solar power is one form of energy that can help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Local and federal taxing agencies offer tax abatement programs to help offset the high initial cost that comes with converting to solar power. Lawmakers use these programs to reduce or eliminate property taxes for those who partake in the program.

What happens to foreign banks that help with tax evasion?

Use of foreign banks to hide assets is a well-known tactic for avoiding tax obligations. We know that individuals who attempt to avoid their taxes can face criminal charges that lead to high financial penalties and potential imprisonment, but what happens to a bank if it is complicit in the crime?

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