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Underreporting business income can lead to prison time

Fraudulent business tax returns can come with prison time. That is the message the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is trying to send with two recent cases. The federal agency recently sentenced three different individuals to imprisonment for errors on their corporate tax returns.

Lawmakers move forward proposal to rein in IRS seizures

The United States House of Representatives recently voted to approve a proposal that would make it more difficult for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to seize assets in structuring cases. The law is designed to revise the authority of the IRS to seize property “that has been structured to avoid Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) reporting requirements.”

Subtle but important differences between avoidance and evasion

Accusations of tax evasion are very serious. Not only do they come with the social stigma associated with the word "evasion," wherein others may think you were attempting to game the system to get out of paying your fair share, but they also could result in serious criminal penalties like:

Payroll tax noncompliance: Is more criminal enforcement coming?

Falling behind or running into other trouble with keeping track of employment taxes and paying them over to the government is a problem for many employers. A new report from the watchdog agency for the IRS contains detailed information about the scope of the problem. In this post, we will use a Q & A format to update you on that report.

Giving when it hurts: fake charities and tax fraud

"It is better to give than to receive," the old saying goes. Philosophers such as Peter Singer are exploring the deeper aspects of this statement, probing the sense in which giving is a key act of moral agency.There are, however, also plenty of fraudsters and scammers who take advantage of people's desire to give by inducing gifts to bogus charities. It's such a common problem that last month the IRS included fake charities on its annual "Dirty Dozen" list of tax scams.

IRS Criminal Investigation report shows aggressive prosecution

We regularly represent taxpayers, businesses and tax preparers in Texas and beyond facing potential tax-related criminal investigation or charges by the IRS Criminal Investigation division. This week, the IRS announced in a news release that it had released its fiscal year 2016 annual report of Criminal Investigation activities.

Texas banks help IRS fight money laundering and tax evasion

A conviction for criminal tax evasion carries serious penalties, including a stint in federal prison, hefty fines and the costs of government prosecution. Then there is the negative impact on business or individual reputation and the limitations that a criminal record can impose on future opportunity.

Election angst leads many to consider moving abroad

According to some sources, Google searches for "emigrating to Canada," "moving abroad" and "leaving the U.S." (among others) spiked the night of the first election debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Say what you will about either candidate, the truth remains that this election cycle has been a tumultuous one that has inspired deep feelings in supporters on both sides. These feelings have even inspired many to consider a radical solution if their candidate doesn't come out on top: moving out of the country.

Any taxpayer can face tax problems with the IRS, even a tax judge

This past week, news hit the airwaves about a former U.S. Tax Court judge who pleaded guilty to violation of federal tax law. This dramatic story speaks to every taxpayer with the message that anyone of any stature or with any level of education can potentially face criminal tax charges.

San Antonio doctor facing prison for payroll tax nonpayment

A San Antonio physician and surgeon is facing 41 months in federal prison after conviction on a complicated scheme to defraud the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) of quarterly payroll tax payments. The financial maneuvers employed by Dr. Anthony Sertich spanned several years, and involved, among other things, numerous personal and business bankruptcy filings (on behalf of his two offices, Advanced Artistic Facial Plastic Surgery of Texas and South Texas Otorhinolaryngology) to take advantage of automatic stays to prevent tax collection.

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