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Can’t impersonate guilt; Breakthrough busted; married lawyers plead; and other highlights of recent tax cases. Tampa, Fla.: Brenda Dozier, 54, has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering. From July through at least November 2015, Dozier laundered money that had been extorted from U.S. residents by conspirators residing in the States and overseas. India-based
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The year’s worst ideas; cyber-currency phrase book; the shutdown and taxes; and other highlights from our favorite tax bloggers. The winners are… Tax Vox (http://www.taxpolicycenter.org/taxvox): The top Lump of Coal Awards for the Worst Tax Idea of 2018, including New Hampshire’s fighting collecting sales taxes; Seattle’s “head tax” on large employers and Sen. Bernie Sanders’s
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Stat scam; shopping center switcheroo; what a pain; and other highlights of recent tax cases. Houston: Jonathan Adam Van Pelt, former owner of a local staffing company, has admitted he willfully failed to account for and pay federal employment taxes. Van Pelt withheld federal income taxes and Social Security and Medicare taxes from the wages
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Pre-season checklist; whether carbon taxes; best Twitter bets; and other highlights from our favorite tax bloggers. In with the new Tax Foundation (https://taxfoundation.org/blog): Our favorite opening of the week: “Champagne will flow, ‘Auld Lang Syne’ will be sung, resolutions will be made (and soon forgot, and never brought to mind), and, in a handful of
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Refuge of a scoundrel; elder care and hockey tickets; on the flyer; and other highlights of recent tax cases. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Preparer Faheem Olugbodi, a.k.a. Faheem Abdul Nichols and James Moore, 48, was sentenced to 42 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to preparing fraudulent returns from 2011 through 2013. Olugbodi admitted collecting
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Phishing and the season’s latest scams; FBAR whistleblowing returns; best sales-tax questions; and other highlights from our favorite tax bloggers. The fun’s back in ‘refund’ Don’t Mess with Taxes (http://dontmesswithtaxes.typepad.com/): The good word on processing returns — and the even better news about refunds — from the Office of Management and Budget, leaked first by
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Condo bunco; life goes on; heavy metals; and other highlights of recent tax cases. Honolulu: Businessman Wagdy Guirguis and CPA Michael Higa have been convicted of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government. Guirguis was also convicted of three counts of filing false corporate income tax returns, one count of failure to file a corporate income
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Pluses of filing early; shutdown fallout; CAF problems; and other highlights from our favorite tax bloggers. Sense of security? Liberty Tax (http://www.libertytax.com/tax-lounge): What to tell them about the pluses of filing early, from possibly avoiding fraud or ID theft to knowing exactly what you do or don’t owe. The Income Tax School (http://www.theincometaxschool.com/blog/): And remember,
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While festivities may be somewhat dampened this year due to the coronavirus, the holiday season seems to foster a spirit of giving. This year might be a good time to indulge the spirit, according to wealth planners. “It’s always a good idea to make gifts,” said Lawrence Mandelker, counsel in the tax and wealth planning
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The Internal Revenue Service estimates that an additional 6.5 million individual tax returns were filed for 2020, a major increase it attributes to large numbers of taxpayers filing returns to be able to claim coronavirus-related stimulus payments. The projections were recently released in Publications 6186 and 6187, which also predict that four-fifths of all tax
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Scams of the season; the size of the IRC; how to market next year; and other highlights from our favorite tax bloggers. Warm and fuzzy Tax Vox (https://www.taxpolicycenter.org/taxvox): Supreme Court verbal arguments begin in CIC Services v. IRS, a little-known case that threatens to gut the ability of the IRS to limit abusive tax shelters,
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Island girls; five-year mission; nurse malpractitioner; and other highlights of recent tax cases. St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands: Patricia Henry has been found guilty of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. Patricia Henry, her daughter Phiona Henry, and others participated in a scheme to steal federal income tax refunds from 2010 to 2013. The scheme involved
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The general disruption in life caused by COVID-19 has accelerated the pace of the mobilization of the workforce, creating tax policy considerations that have been slowly surfacing over the past decade. “The fact that states, employers and workers were all suddenly forced into remote work settings has provided an unexpected opportunity for a discussion about
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New York authorities investigating whether President Donald Trump’s company inflated the value of its assets for loans and tax breaks are seeking more records of the company’s communication with an engineer who helped appraise its property. New York Attorney General Letitia James on Thursday asked a state-court judge in Manhattan to reconsider October rulings that
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France is hoping for a quick end to the simmering transatlantic trade battle over its tax on technology giants such as Facebook Inc. as soon as President-elect Joe Biden takes office. French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire will speak with members of Biden’s team on Monday with the aim to end the bilateral conflict by