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).
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.
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.”
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:
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.