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IRS Halts Substitute for Return Program for Non-Filers

If you do not file a tax return, and if you are required to file a tax return, the IRS typically sends a series of letters asking you to file a tax return for the year in issue. If you…

November 06, 2017

Frivolous Tax Return Penalties against Protester Sustained by U.S. Tax Court

Mary Anne Valentine-Whitaker and her husband filed a tax return with the IRS for 2012 claiming a refund in the amount of $3,094.00 stemming from a distribution from her retirement plan in the amount of $15,469. Attached to the tax…

November 06, 2017

New IRS Commissioner to Begin in November

Regular readers of our blog will know that Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen has not had an easy run as the head of the government’s tax enforcement and collection agency. For the past two years, members of the U.S….

October 30, 2017

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Fill a Heart 4 Kids Latest Recipient of Hops for Humanity Donation

Fill a Heart 4 Kids is truly an amazing organization! Started in 2007 by the McAveeney family of Lake Forest, this nonprofit delivers care packages to Chicagoland youth homes to help the young and often forgotten residents feel special and loved on…

October 26, 2017

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

Private Tax Debt Collection Initiative Questioned

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you are aware that, by law, the IRS is required to give some taxpayer delinquent accounts to private tax debt collectors.  According to National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson, the IRS has…

October 18, 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

Former CEO Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion

Peter Nordberg was the CEO of Max International located in Salt Lake City.  Max International makes and sells nutritional supplements. Nordberg was paid by Max International with a salary and commissions related to sales.  Bonuses were also paid to Nordberg,…

October 18, 2017

Department of Justice Declines to Reopen Criminal Investigation of Lois Lerner

Lois Lerner was the IRS Exempt Organizations Division Director prior to her resignation.  She resigned because it came to light that the IRS used inappropriate criteria to select applications filed by certain organizations seeking 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) tax exempt status…

October 18, 2017

Federal Government Continues to Spend More Than It Takes In

For the first 11 months of fiscal 2017, the Congressional Budget Office estimates that the federal budget deficit was $675 billion, $56 billion more than the shortfall recorded for the same period last year. Although receipts were higher than last…

October 18, 2017

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