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Fraud Penalty Assessed Against Former IRS Revenue Agent and his Wife

In a recent case before the United States Tax Court, the Petitioner, an Internal Revenue Service Revenue Agent for over 29 years, and his wife were found liable for the fraud penalty for the taxable years 2011, 2012 and 2013….

May 13, 2019

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IRS Claims 91.5% Conviction Rate on Tax Prosecutions

The IRS’ Criminal Investigation Division prosecutes tax crimes, including failure to file tax returns, tax and fraud evasion, identity theft, refund fraud, cybercrimes and money laundering.  In the fiscal year 2017, the IRS Criminal Investigation Division initiated 3,019 criminal cases. …

December 06, 2018

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IRS Scammers Up Their Online Game

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’re well aware of the many ways unscrupulous people can scam innocent taxpayers by pretending to be the IRS. Scams can take many forms. A common variation is when scammers randomly call…

May 22, 2018

Tax Return Preparer Sentenced to Prison for Claiming Slave Reparations on Fraudulent Returns

Tax return preparer Damyon Shuler of Florida pled guilty in April to filing a fraudulent tax return on his own behalf for 2009 by claiming a refund in excess of $46,000 and for filing a fraudulent return on behalf of…

October 19, 2017

Former IRS Employee Pleads Guilty to Filing False Tax Returns

Carla Lachelle Mitchell worked as an IRS representative in the IRS Service Center in Kansas City, Missouri. While she was an employee of the IRS, she prepared tax returns for herself, her friends and family that included fraudulent wages or…

October 18, 2017

Grand Jury Indicts Two Business Owners Related to Employment Taxes

Two business owners were recently indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly conspiring to defraud the government, for failing to pay over employment taxes and for obstructing the internal revenue laws related to their operation of a temporary employment…

April 04, 2017

Tax Return Preparer Headed to Prison For Tax Evasion

Semere Tsehaye owned and operated at least 20 Instant Tax Service franchise locations from 2005 through 2011, some of which were located in Illinois.  Instant Tax Service was a tax preparation business. For the taxable years 2010 and 2011, Tsehaye prepared…

February 14, 2017

IRS Whistleblower Report Lists More Awards Paid than Ever

The IRS Whistleblower Program pays awards to people who provide specific credible information to the IRS regarding taxpayers that have not fully paid their taxes or who have committed fraud or evasion on their tax returns. There are two prongs…

January 25, 2017

‘Tax Zapper’ Software Salesman Pleads Guilty to Tax Crime

The “Tax Zapper” software program allows a business to underreport their sales to illegally lower their tax bills.  The Tax Zapper program is sold by Profitek, a Canadian company selling point of sale systems for hospitality and retail industries. The…

January 03, 2017

Husband of Former United States Tax Court Judge Pleads Guilty to Tax Obstruction

In April of 2016, United States Tax Court Judge Diane L. Kroupa and her husband Robert Fackler were indicted on six tax counts, including conspiracy to defraud the United States, two counts of tax evasion and filing false tax returns,…

November 28, 2016

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