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Ex-Attorney Held Liable for the Fraud Penalty

In a recent Tax Court case, a convicted and disbarred attorney was held liable for the fraud penalty.  Further, his ex-wife’s Request for Innocent Spouse Relief was also denied. In the case of Jack R. Durland, Jr., et al. v….

August 02, 2016

Five IRS Impersonators Arrested

Five individuals were recently arrested on allegations that they impersonated Internal Revenue Service agents and used the threat of arrest to extort money from victims.  The five suspects were arrested in Miami, Florida on May 23, 2016, and were charged…

July 08, 2016

IRS Initiating Some Audits by Telephone Despite ‘No Call’ Promise

The IRS has begun initiating some audits by telephone depending on the state in which you live.  The Internal Revenue Manual was recently updated to instruct Revenue Agents that the preferred method for initiated taxpayer contact for an audit is…

May 23, 2016

Illinois Delaying 2015 Tax Returns to Curb Fraud and Identity Theft

Illinois’ nearly year-long state budget standoff might appear to be the likely culprit with the recent news that the Illinois Department of Revenue will not issue state refunds to Illinois taxpayers until at least March 1.  State Revenue Director Connie…

January 21, 2016

What To Do If Someone Files a Fraudulent Tax Return in Your Name

              As we prepare for yet another tax season, we also must prepare for telephone calls from taxpayers who have discovered that tax returns already have been filed in their names under their Social…

December 16, 2015

Did Your Bank Assist You In Hiding Offshore Assets and Filing False Tax Returns?

Bank Leumi recently agreed to pay $270 million to the IRS for knowingly and willfully aiding and assisting in the preparation of false income tax returns for its clients and by hiding income and assets in offshore bank accounts. It…

March 19, 2015

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