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Texas family faces prison time for tax evasion

The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently accused a Texas family of running an elaborate and illegal gambling business. They claim the family would funnel the money used for to run the gambling business through two legitimate businesses: the family car dealership and a holding company for the family car dealership. The prosecution claimed the family used this process to launder the allegedly ill-gotten gains.

Court slams Wells Fargo with tax penalties: 3 lessons

The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals recently hit Wells Fargo with penalties for negligence related to tax matters. In the case, the government claims the bank wrongly claimed foreign tax credits. As a result, the court fined the bank a negligence penalty for claiming the credits.

Can debt collectors get your stimulus check?

President Donald Trump recently signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act into law. This law allows for a federal stimulus check to go to qualifying taxpayers in an effort by lawmakers to help taxpayers find their financial footing while navigating this pandemic. The exact amount varies, depending on the particulars of each taxpayer, but generally allows for a $1,200 payment.

Taxpayer frustration: Owing an unexpected tax bill.

Taxpayers throughout the country have voiced new frustrations about taxes the last few years. One common example: taxpayers who never owed a tax bill before found themselves owing the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for the first-time last year and again this year. What went wrong?

U.S. government takes new steps to address cryptocurrency

Digital currency, also referred to as cryptocurrency with examples like Bitcoin, continue to present hurdles for governments throughout the world. As discussed in a previous post, available here, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has made efforts to account for this asset. A recent report shows this government agency is not the only one responding to the continued presence of cryptocurrency.

TCJA continues to pose problems for tax preparation professionals

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) is in full effect during this tax season. Although we may have learned a lot after going through last year’s tax filings, many tax preparation professionals are still struggling to correctly apply the nuances of this complicated piece of tax reform.

Want to be a tax preparer? 3 tips for success.

Tax preparation professionals will likely find themselves in a relatively stable career. After all, we can claim nothing to be certain, except death and taxes. As long as the United States government continues to collect taxes, people will continue to need help navigating their tax filings.

Will IRS start reviewing real estate ownership for tax fraud?

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) may expand its focus when looking for tax fraud. The shift may come as a result of a recent whistleblower case. The case involves a former chief tax executive who reached out to the agency to call out his employer for alleged tax fraud crimes.

Texas lawmakers take aggressive approach to online sales tax

Not located in Texas? Then your business does not need to pay a state sales tax if a Texas resident buys your product, right? In the past, this was true. The application of a state sales tax to online transactions was essentially limited to those businesses that had a physical presence within the state. No physical presence, no sales tax.

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