Archive for the ‘IRS Tax Cases’ Category

After Shutdown, Tax Collections Still Are a Priority

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

For 16 days, the government shut down effectively halted tax enforcement and collections. Now that the IRS is running at full steam again, should you be concerned?
The government shutdown from October 1 to October 16 closed not only the most critical U.S. government offices; it also furloughed the most essential federal employees. For 16 days, the business of tax collections: analyzing returns, auditing taxpayers, and filing tax liens, effectively
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Tax Evasion by Man Who Won Cash Reward from Employer

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

After winning a monetary award from his former employer, Jimmie Duane Ross of Lehi, Utah, and formerly of Sevierville, Tennessee, never paid taxes on the money.
Now he’s going to pay handsomely.
Ross was convicted of five counts of tax evasion following a jury trial.
According to court records, Ross won a monetary award of approximately $840,000 in 1999 after arbitration of an employment dispute with a former employer.
Ross failed to pay the
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Willie Nelson and IRS Tax Liens Over Twenty Years Ago

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Today, I was reminded that it’s been over twenty years since Willie Nelson lost nearly all his possessions to IRS tax liens. Country music news website, The Boot featured an article titled: “23 Years Ago: IRS Places Liens on Willie Nelson’s Property for Back Taxes” that highlights the entertainer’s challenges with the IRS beginning on Sept. 21, 1990, when IRS placed $16.7 million in tax liens on his property. Here
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False Tax Returns Filed by Guilty Las Vegas Mechanic

Monday, September 16th, 2013

A Las Vegas man faces up to three years in prison after pleading guilty to filing a false personal tax return for 2008.
According to court records, Arthur Risser Jr. earned more than $100,000 each year from 2006 through 2008 while employed as a large-engine mechanic.
Risser intentionally understated his wages and listed inflated amounts for withheld taxes to increase his refund on his individual income tax returns for 2006, 2007 and
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Tax Refund Fraud by Florida Man Caught at Traffic Stop

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

A Florida man was sentenced to five years and one month in federal prison for committing stolen identity refund fraud.
James Earl Smiley, 41, of Tampa, Florida, pleaded guilty to one count of theft of government property and one count of aggravated identity theft.
He also agreed to forfeit $98,719.65, which represented the proceeds of his refund fraud offense.
According to court records, in October 2012, the Tampa Police Department stopped Smiley, who
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IRS is Going After Your Friends and Neighbors Too

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

It’s not just celebrities, industry titans and scam artists who are going to prison on tax charges. It’s everyday people — your friends and neighbors, and maybe you too.
When most people think of tax cases that send defendants to prison or result in large fines, they think of the big cases — the celebrities convicted of tax evasion charges for not paying their bills to Uncle Sam.
Actors Nicolas Cage and Wesley
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Tax Problems-Michael Jackson Estate Gets Assessed by IRS

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

There are ways to value the worth of tangible items like real estate or cars for estate tax purposes. However, placing a dollar amount on the image of a celebrity is a more complicated and disparaging process as the estate of the late Michael Jackson is finding out. An NBC News Business article titled: “What’s Michael Jackson’s image worth? A $434 million question for the IRS“ reports on the giant
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Tax Evasion and Bank Fraud Charged to Colorado Contractor

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

A Colorado contractor was arrested on charges of tax evasion, structuring, bank fraud and interfering with IRS laws.
Michael Destry Williams, 49, of Pueblo, Colorado, was a self-employed general contractor who fixed up and resold real estate in the Pueblo, Colorado, area.
From April 2005 through January 2008, according to the indictment, Williams willfully attempted to evade a substantial amount of income tax and self-employment tax due for calendar years 2005, 2006
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Tax Evasion by Ohio Land Developer

Monday, August 26th, 2013

An Ohio man was convicted at trial of filing false federal income tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service.
Evidence showed that William David Taylor Sr., 50, of Canal Winchester, Ohio, filed false federal income tax returns with the IRS for 2006 and 2007.
The 2006 income tax return showed total income in the amount of $51,967, and the 2007 income tax return showed total income in the amount of $33,272.  Evidence
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Back Taxes Owed by Reality TV Housewife

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

One of America’s most famous housewives owes money to the Internal Revenue Service.
The IRS filed a tax lien against Lynne Curtin, of Capistrano Beach, California, who formerly appeared on the reality TV show Real Housewives of Orange County.
According to the tax lien, first reported by TMZ, Curtin owes $32,006.24 in back taxes to the U.S. government.
Curtin was a cast member on Real Housewives of Orange County for two years from
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Three Californians Indicted for False Tax Liens and Fraud

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

The Imperial Valley News (IVN) recently published an article titled: “California Residents Indicted for Filing False Tax Liens Against IRS Employees and Tax Fraud” highlighting an incredible story of three brazen and foolish people who thought they could outsmart the IRS. According to IVN, the Justice Department announced the unsealing of a superseding indictment that charged three Placerville, California residents: Teresa Marie Marty, Charles Tingler and Victoria Tingler, with conspiracy
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Trustee Faces Five Years for Tax Evasion

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

The administrator of a Texas trust that owned valuable mineral deposits pleaded guilty to tax evasion.
According to court records, Randy Lynn White, of Lubbock, Texas, was the sole trustee of the Frank F. McMordie Jr. Family Trust, whose assets consisted primarily of a large ranch in the Texas Panhandle that produced mineral interests.
White received substantial benefits and income from the trust — a combination of fees paid to him for
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Tax Evasion by Kentucky Doctor Gets Him 18 Months in Prison

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

A Kentucky physician was sentenced to 18 months in prison to be followed by six months of home incarceration for evading federal income taxes.
Werner Grentz, 64, of London, Kentucky, was also ordered to pay the IRS approximately $900,000 for taxes he owes for the years 1999 to 2010. According to the plea agreement, in 2009, Grentz made $356,073 in taxable income while working as an independent physician contractor for a
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Even Real Housewives Get Tax Bills

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

The IRS files 1 million tax liens every year. Is yours on its way?
Unless you’re a fan of bad TV, you’ve likely never heard of her.
She’s Lynne Curtin, a Capistrano Beach, California, woman who’s best known for having spent two seasons on the cast of the reality show Real Housewives of Orange County.
She’s not a huge celebrity. In fact, with so many people on reality TV shows these days, you
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Federal Tax Crime by Louisiana Man

Monday, July 29th, 2013

A Louisiana financial officer received a five-year prison sentence for failing to pay corporate payroll taxes.
According to court records, Larry Wayne Bruce, 61, of Leesville, Louisiana, admitted to being responsible for not paying payroll taxes owed while working as the financial officer for Express Marketing Inc. in Leesville from 2003 to 2007.  Bruce admitted that the owners relied on him to pay the payroll taxes withheld from employee paychecks and
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