The United States Attorney’s Office recently accused a former special agent with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Criminal Investigation Division with various tax crimes. According to the government, the former agent thwarted tax obligations by using a number of different illegal methods to reduce her tax bill.
The government has accused Paul Manafort, former campaign chairman for President Donald Trump, of various tax crimes. The accusations include 18 counts of tax evasion, bank fraud and failure to report foreign assets. The case has garnered media attention due to its connection to Robert Mueller’s investigation of allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. If convicted, Mr. Manafort faces a prison sentence of up to 305 years.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently concluded an investigation of a tax preparation professional. The investigation resulted in various allegations, including violation of the professional rules of conduct.
It is not every day a taxpayer can claim a major victory in a fight against the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). A man from Texas can make such a claim. The man took on the government in a battle over foreign accounts. The government has come down hard on those who fail to comply with complex reporting requirement for foreign accounts. In this case, they demanded the man pay a fine of 50 percent of the account total on each account for every year the account was in violation of reporting requirements.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) accused an owner and operator of a tax return preparation business of filing fraudulent tax returns.
It is the busy season for those who offer tax preparation services. Tax season is starting to finish up and clients are often pushing for the biggest return possible. Providing the service your clients want while meeting the demands and regulations expected by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) can be difficult. A failure to satisfy the client can mean lost business while a failure to satisfy the IRS can mean jail time if the accused does not have a strong defense to the allegations.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) keeps a close watch over tax preparers. IRS-Criminal Investigation agents are on watching for professionals who fraudulently inflate deductions or attempt to take unallowable credits. IRS agents work to gather evidence to build a case against those who are accused of committing fraud within this profession.
SCOTUS recently heard oral arguments on a case involving a New York businessman convicted of several counts of tax evasion for failing to pay personal or company taxes for a number of years. The government presented evidence that Carlo Marinello II purposely destroyed business records (including bank statements, receipts, employee time sheets and bills), paid his employees in cash to avoid tax issues, never issued tax documents like W-2 forms, and didn't fail tax returns for nearly 20 years.
Cleaning out paperwork is an important part of keeping records. It is unrealistic to keep all records, but when is it okay to start purging important documents? The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) will provide some clarification in an upcoming case.
The Paradise Papers, like the Panama Papers before them, were released in an effort to bring attention to the use of offshore accounts. As noted in previous posts, these accounts are not illegal. Issues arise if the account holder is making use of the account in an attempt to hide assets from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).