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Injustice Anywhere Is a Threat to Justice Everywhere

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Those were spoken by Dr. Martin Luther King and are the theme for today’s Thankgiving message. We try to blog everyday. Holidays are no exception. A few minutes ago I was poised to write a story on a new Ponzi scheme in Florida. Unfortunately, by tomorrow several [...]

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Tax Court Hears Interesting IRS Whistleblower Case

The IRS whistleblower program has been around for almost as long as the federal income tax. In 2007, Congress put real teeth in the law and provided whistleblowers more rights in big cases. Recently the U.S. Tax Court had the opportunity to address the ability of whistleblowers to challenge the amount of the their award [...]

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Breaking News – Credit Suisse Sentenced in Tax Evasion Probe

Credit Suisse AG, a huge Swiss banking company with $872 billion in assets, was sentenced yesterday for its role in assisting U.S. taxpayers commit tax evasion.  Convicted on May 19th of conspiracy to defraud the IRS, sentencing was postponed until November 21st. Yesterday, the bank was penalized $2.6 billion in fines and restitution. The case [...]

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Tax Evasion, Dead Kids and Dishonest Lawyers

Over the years we have posted many tax evasion stories. Most involve taxpayers who get in over their heads and soon find themselves in deep trouble. They aren’t necessarily bad people, just people who made a mistake or got a bit greedy. Then there is 71-year-old Lloyd Irving Taylor, now headed to prison for the [...]

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Hong Kong Signs FATCA Pact

The U.S. Treasury Department has confirmed that Hong Kong has signed an agreement to report certain financial account information directly to the IRS. Under the 2010 FATCA law (Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act), foreign banks must review their accounts and report any accounts with ties to the United States. Banks that fail to comply are [...]

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County Clerk Says Tax Evasion Charges Racially Motivated

Wayne County, Michigan is the home of Detroit, the state’s largest city. In recent years, the city and county have suffered greatly. There is Detroit’s historic 15 month bankruptcy, the erosion of its tax base, declining population and the highest murder rate in the country. What the community doesn’t need is its elected county clerk [...]

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Another Swiss Banker Indicted! – FBAR Post

Raoul Weil, former number 3 banker at UBS – Not Guilty! Shokrollah Baravarian, retired Senior Vice President at Mizrahi Tefahot Bank Ltd – Not Guilty! Have these two back-to-back acquittals slowed down the IRS and U.S. Department of Justice? Apparently not. An indictment was just unsealed in Manhattan against Martin Dunki, a former Senior Vice President [...]

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IRS – OPR: Should Convicted Felons Prepare Tax Returns?

The IRS’ Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) has lost several key court cases recently. OPR, for those who have never heard of the agency, is charged with ensuring that tax preparers and tax practitioners adhere to high professional standards and follow the law. OPR’s clout has been seriously reduced by a recent series of court cases. [...]

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Criminal Charges and Whistleblowers

Recently we received a call from a potential whistleblower wondering if she could file a false claims act case even though her employer managed to convince a local prosecutor to bring criminal charges against her. Unfortunately, we periodically hear stories like this. In almost every case, a “dirty” employer uses the criminal courts as a [...]

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Pizza with a Slice of Tax Evasion

Charles and Mary Bangle own several successful pizza businesses on the boardwalk in Ocean City, New Jersey. Not content with earning a good living and making great Jersey shore pizza, the government says they were pocketing cash from the business and committing tax evasion. The government says that the Bangles pocketed at least $981,000 in [...]

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