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If Brains Were Taxed, He Might Get A Refund…(Tax Evasion Post)

In March of this year we wrote about Timothy Jackson, a Mississippi surgeon indicted for tax evasion. The feds claimed Dr. Jackson had not paid taxes since 2004 after he took a vow of poverty. They say, however, that his vow of poverty was nonsense. Apparently the jury agreed; Jackson was convicted of all charges [...]

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FATCA … Ruining Lives Around The World?

Russian news source RIA Novasti reports that the lives of many American expats are “ruined’ because of FATCA. “Ruined?” According to RIA Novasti, “family relationships have been destroyed.” They claims that two percent of American expats who responded to a survey even claim FATCA caused them to divorce or split up with their partner.  “My German [...]

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Brazil, US FATCA Pacts Have Slow Start After Spy Scandal

Many nations around the world have signed tax exchange agreements with the United States. Similar to the new FATCA law, the agreements are intended to promote tax transparency and reduce tax evasion. Under the agreement, both nations will cooperate with one another and exchange tax information. These tax exchange pacts are necessary to avoid double [...]

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Indie Broker Dealer Resource Horizons Group Survival in Jeopardy

Yesterday we posted a story about WFG Investments, a Texas based independent broker dealer that is struggling after it reported to the SEC that it faces a $650,000 penalty. We expressed our concern, then, about many indie brokerage firms and their ability to survive if faced with a large claim. Less than 24 hours, our [...]

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Appeals Court Allows Contingent Fee Arrangement for Tax Refunds

Circular 230. It has become the Bible for the IRS. And like the Bible, it has its own list of commandments. One of the big commandments is the prohibition on contingency fees. Section 10.27 says: Contingent fees on amended returns and tax refunds: (1) Except as provided in paragraphs (b)(2), (3), and (4) of this [...]

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WFG Investments Faces $650,000 Fine

WFG Investments, an independent broker dealer based in Dallas, is facing a $650,000 fine from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). Just last year the firm paid a $200,000 fine in connection with a stock fraud scheme. Since that time, the firm also paid two smaller penalties this year. In none of these cases did [...]

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Feds Indict 6 in $500 Million Offshore FATCA Fraud Case

Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn indicted 6 men and 6 businesses in a far reaching international case alleging a $500 million fraud. Charges included conspiracy to commit securities fraud, tax fraud, and money laundering. According to a statement from the Justice Department, the tax fraud charges stem from the recently enacted Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act [...]

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Barclays Capital Sanctioned $15 Million (Stockbroker Fraud Post)

Barclays Capital Inc was for many years a stock brokerage firm. After the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers in 2008, Barclays decided to enter the investment advisory business by purchasing Lehman’s advisory unit. Virtually overnight, Barclays found itself running an entirely new line of business. Unfortunately, the company wasn’t ready and immediately suffered many large compliance [...]

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NY Man Arrested for Tax Fraud and TARP Fraud

A Westchester, New York man was arrested and charged with tax fraud and other crimes in connection with a sophisticated mortgage scam that allowed him to obtain $146 million from 3 banks. Published reports say that Selim Zherka was charged with tax fraud, wire fraud, witness tampering and bank fraud. Because one of the banks [...]

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New FHFA Watchdog Reports Offers Whistleblower Opportunities

A scathing report from the Inspector General of the Federal Housing Finance Agency claims the agency isn’t properly equipped to monitor loan buybacks from banks and mortgage companies. While the Inspector General criticizes the agency, we worry that some banks will take advantage of the lack of the agency’s readiness. That means plenty of opportunities [...]

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