Archive for the ‘Tax Evasion Advice’ 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?
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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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U.S. Investigates Swiss Bank Rahn Bodner for Secret Accounts

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

Another Swiss bank is experiencing the wrath of the U.S. Government’s focus on offshore tax cheats and revenue collection. A Reuters article titled: Another historic Swiss bank under U.S. tax spotlight reports that Swiss private bank Rahn & Bodmer is under investigation by U.S. authorities as part of a lengthy U.S. Swiss dispute over tax evasion.
The article provides a brief history of Rahn & Bodmer:

It is an old line Swiss
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Offshore Tax Evasion-US and Swiss Make A Deal

Friday, August 30th, 2013

After just reporting two days ago about the Cayman Islands reaching an agreement with U.S. taxing authorities, the U.S. and Swiss have finally reached a compromise deal for how Swiss banks will report account data on their American clients to the IRS. An ABC News article titled “US, Swiss Reach Deal on American Tax Evaders” reported that this agreement between the two countries will no doubt expose those American taxpayers
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Cayman Island Tax Haven No Longer Secret Due to FATCA

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

First it was banks, now it is the offshore tax havens like the Cayman Islands who will no longer secretly shelter the assets of wealthy Americans. A Tax Connections article titled: “Caymans Makes it Tougher for Wealthy to Hide Money!” states that the Cayman Islands, a major financial center and home to operations for dozens of banks, funds and wealth-management entities, has made an agreement with the U.S. that it
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Americans Living Abroad Renouncing US Citizenship

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

A Wall Street Journal article titled: “U.S. Expats Balk at Tax Law” reports that the government’s quest to find tax evaders is prompting some Americans living in Asia and around the world to rethink their citizenship. Their biggest complaint: the increasing burden of paperwork required by Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, or FATCA.
As per FATCA regulations foreign institutions are required to disclose the overseas assets of U.S. citizens and green-card
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Tax Defense Partners Weekly Tax News Round Up

Friday, August 9th, 2013

Happy Friday!
The tax relief news that sparked our interest this week was quite varied. The stories ranged from tax delinquent New Yorkers losing their driving privileges to another “Real Housewife” star in trouble with Uncle Sam, to avoiding tax relief scams and schemes to Twitter tax news about IRS agency challenges including struggles with efforts to curb identity theft and tax refund fraud.

New York State-Getting Tough on Tax Cheats
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Real Housewife Teresa Giudice Indicted on Fraud Charges

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Seemingly overnight, Teresa Giudice made a name for herself on the Bravo reality show, Real Housewives of New Jersey. However, it appears her ongoing tax problems may take away the glamor of her celebrity lifestyle and place her behind bars. TMZ reports in an article titled: “Real Housewives’ Stars Facing 50+ Years in Prison for Money Fraud” that Giudice and her husband Joe, have just been slapped with a “laundry
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Tax Problems-What to Do if You Inherit Them

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

After recently writing a post about the estate of James Gandolfini, I ran across a follow-up article for Reuters by Amy Feldman titled: “What to Do When You Inherit a Tax Mess.” This article focuses on the types of tax mistakes people make when planning their estate that can inadvertently cause future tax chaos for beneficiaries.
Here are some key points about estate tax issues the article highlights:

Every one in 10
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Businessman Pleads Guilty to Hiding Offshore Accounts

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

In a previous blog post, I noted that since 2009, the IRS has collected $5.5 billion in unpaid taxes and IRS penalties through the amnesty programs it offered. With offshore tax collection a major government focus, it’s hard to imagine anyone attempting to conceal offshore assets. Yet a recent article by Accounting Today titled: “Businessman Pleads Guilty to Not Declaring Israeli Bank Account on Tax Return” reports on a man
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Swiss Adopt Plan to Cooperate with U.S. and Avoid Charges

Monday, July 15th, 2013

For anyone who still thinks that hiding money offshore in a Swiss bank account is a good idea, this next bit of news might have you reconsidering that notion. An article by USA Today titled: “Swiss seek to avert U.S. charges against banks” reports that Switzerland has finally adopted a plan that allows banks to hand over financial data to U.S. authorities seeking information about wealthy Americans suspected of offshore
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Tax Relief News Round-Up Top Stories

Friday, July 12th, 2013

The top tax relief news this week ranged from tax evasion, to prison time for a false tax claim, troubles at the IRS, to a giant tax bill for the estate of actor James Gandolfini. Here is a recap of the tax stories we found interesting:
Tax Evasion by Guilty Texas Pharmacist– This post highlighted the story of Grapevine, Texas pharmacist Joseph Moss who was sentenced to one year and a
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Fashion Moguls Dolce & Gabbana Convicted of Tax Evasion

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Long gone are the days of hiding money in offshore tax havens – the global recession has forced some European countries to clamor for tax revenue any way they can. A Reuters article titled: “Italian Designers Dolce and Gabbana Convicted of Tax Evasion” demonstrates just how vigorous the Italian government is going after fashion’s dynamic duo to collect unpaid taxes.
According to Reuters, just last week both Domenico Dolce and Stefano
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IRS Scrutiny of Bitcoin and Virtual Currencies

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Virtual currencies such as Bitcoin have created a whole new way to pay for things. However, the tax rules governing how to report virtual currency use are not as defined as they should be – possibly causing tax problems down the line. A recent Forbes article titled, “Bitcoin in IRS Crosshairs, Says Government Report” explains a new Government Accountability Office report (GAO) that suggests the IRS should watch Bitcoin and
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IRS Tax Tips for Small Business Recordkeeping

Monday, June 10th, 2013

As a business owner, you are responsible for everything including recordkeeping – a task that small businesses sometimes don’t do very well. The IRS has released a very helpful recordkeeping FAQ webpage for small business and the self-employees that emphasizes the benefits of and reasons for good recordkeeping. Here are six practical FAQ’s the webpage highlights:
· Why should I keep records?
· What type of records should I keep?
· How long
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Offshore Bank Account Filing Deadline June 17

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

A recent IRS Press Release aims to remind taxpayers with foreign bank accounts and assets that their filing deadline to report them to the IRS is June 17, 2013. This applies to U.S. citizens and resident aliens, including those with dual citizenship who have lived or worked abroad during all or part of 2012 and military personnel outside the country. Also, some U.S. citizens abroad may be required to submit
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