European Union regulators are expected to make their case as early as Monday as to why tax deals granted to Apple Inc. and Fiat SpA violated EU law. The announcement marks the next formal step in the regulator's push against alleged tax avoidance by multinationals.
Russia's Vladamir Putin has presented a bill that will restore the right of investigators to open tax fraud cases without a request from tax authorities. Skeptics fear that businesses will face renewed persecution. Should Putin's attempt be successful, the amendments to the criminal code would reverse a 2011 reform by then-President Dmitry Medvedev who hoped to prevent extortion and arbitrary arrests of businessmen by corrupt law enforcement officials.
In yet another story that seems like something straight out of a James Bond movie, a Vatican accountant, a former Italian spy, and a financial broker have been arrested and charged with tax evasion and possibly money laundering. A complex scheme involved the former Italian spy moving over $26 million from Switzerland to Italy by airplane and then having it transported via armored car to the home of the Vatican accountant. Scratch the reference to James Bond, this may be something more out of Fast & Furious.
Not exactly, but under certain circumstances you might! Online role playing games, made famous by games such as World of Warcraft (WoW), are a great example of the growing trend of virtual economies and virtual currencies. The relationship between the virtual economies and the actual economy and what is taxable is becoming a growing area of concern for the IRS, Congress, and taxation law in general.
IRS agents working in Fort Worth and throughout our country become involved in many different types of investigations. The underpinning, however, is usually a suspected violation of the Internal Revenue Code. It's what got Al Capone in trouble in the 1930's. They couldn't nail the mobster for bootlegging and other nefarious acts, but IRS agents finally got him for income tax evasion. People resorting to criminal behavior normally do not spend a lot of time worrying about their tax deductions.