Archive for the ‘Tax Scams’ Category

IRS Warns of New Phone Tax Scam

Friday, November 8th, 2013

According to a recent press release, the IRS is sounding a warning about a sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants, throughout the country. We initially reported on this scam in a previous post during the government shutdown. It was clear that these brazen thieves were taking advantage of the fact they could continue their crimes essentially without getting caught.

Victims are told they owe money to the IRS and
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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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Responding to Forbes Article Calling for Tax Resolution Regulation

Monday, August 12th, 2013

It’s no secret that the tax resolution industry has come under fire for egregious actions taken by some tax resolution firms. Their bad business practices have damaged the reputation of the entire tax problem representation industry and set the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), now the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) out to regulate it.  I recently read a Forbes article by Stephen J. Dunn titled: When Will Congress Act Against
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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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Tax Help Tips-How to Avoid Tax Relief Scams

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

For fifteen years, I have been helping people resolve their tax problems. During that time, I have seen my share of tax scams and schemes. Some of the worst ones have been from so called “tax resolution experts” who, with no previous experience in tax problem resolution, prey on struggling and vulnerable taxpayers seeking IRS tax relief. But not all tax resolution firms or experts are created equal.
After reading a
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Beware of Recent IRS Email Scams

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

Tax scam emails that appear to be from the IRS run the gamut from almost believable to incredibly bad. Thanks to a Forbes article by Tax Girl Kelly Phillips Erb titled: “Phony Emails Purporting To Be From IRS Popping Up Again,” we have two fine examples of email scams that run the good and bad spectrum.
Email scam example #1 – really bad.

A few points mentioned in the article demonstrate how
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IRS Releases 2013 Dirty Dozen Tax Scam-Scheme List

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

The IRS just released its Dirty Dozen Tax Scam List for 2013 and introduced a video to remind taxpayers they need to protect themselves from the worst tax scams and schemes out there. While the “usual suspect” scams and schemes have not changed that much from last year, the notification explains how the IRS has stepped up their efforts to handle them, specifically identity theft related tax issues. Below the
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Tax Resolution Services-The Week in Tax Relief News

Friday, March 15th, 2013

Let’s recap the tax relief news we covered this week. Featured topics were: eliminating joint filing to help innocent spouses, Florida brothers sentenced for tax evasion, ways to pay your back taxes, IRS tax scams and schemes to avoid, and the Southland Better Business Bureau (BBB) LA Chapter gets expelled for “pay to play” practices.
Joint Tax Filing Thought to Help Innocent Spouses
I wrote a post titled Eliminating Joint Tax Filing
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Top Five Tax Scams and Schemes to Watch Out For

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

For some reason the IRS did not release an updated “Dirty Dozen Tax Scam List” for 2013. This annual list of tax scams and “phishing” expeditions warns taxpayers about scams that range from tax identity theft to tax evasion. As tax day draws near, scams and schemes tend to peak as people get their tax returns ready for the April 15th deadline. I updated information from the Tax Resolution University
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Tax Attorney Sentenced to 8 Years for Tax Fraud Scheme

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

Donna Guerin, 52, former CPA and tax attorney for Jenkens and Gilchrist, received an 8 year prison sentence and will be required to pay $190 million in restitution for her participation in what the Treasury Department calls “the largest criminal tax fraud in history.” An Accounting Today article titled: “Tax Attorney CPA Sentenced to 8 Years for Massive Tax Fraud Scheme“ provides some details of this landmark case:

Guerin ran a massive
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Tax Resolution News Round Up

Friday, February 1st, 2013

This week was a busy one for tax relief news topics. Here are highlights of the ones we covered on the Tax Resolution University Blog:
Tax Fraud/Tax Schemes and Identity Theft
The tax season officially began on January 30. Therefore, it’s no coincidence there is already an increase in stories about tax schemes including tax fraud and identity theft. Here’s one we covered this week:

Reno, Nevada resident, Edward David Simon, 52 was
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Tax Protesters Still Lose to IRS

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

I wrote a post on the Tax Matters blog about tax protesters and how their frivolous tax defense against the IRS is a losing battle. Evidence of that is celebrity tax protester, Wesley Snipes who is currently serving a three year prison sentence for willfully refusing to file and pay millions in taxes for years 1999 through 2001. A recent Forbes article titled: “Are Tax Protesters Actually Winning?” examined just
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Tax Fraud Potential High for Refund Splitting

Monday, November 26th, 2012

As I have stated in previous blog posts, some of the largest challenges facing the IRS are identity theft and tax fraud. Currently, the IRS has been audited and is under pressure from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) to tighten the reigns regarding refund splitting. An article in Accounting Today titled Splitting Refunds May Lead to Fraud discusses a recent TIGTA report that scrutinizes refund splitting as
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Tax Relief Weekly News Round-Up

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

Happy Friday! Here are some of the tax relief news headlines we reported on this short holiday week:
IRS Audits-Back Taxes
It appears that comedian and actress Janeane Garofalo never thought she was married believing her 20 year “sham wedding” in Las Vegas to writer and producer Rob Cohen decades ago was not real. However, the IRS may not see it that way. They couple could face an IRS audit and IRS
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Identity Fraud Victim Gets Expert Advice from Tax Team

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

In September, I wrote a blog post about how identity theft issues were adversely affecting the financial lives of everyday people we know. I used the case of Robert “Sully” Sullivan, Big Biz Show radio and TV personality and friend of Tax Resolution Services, who had just discovered he was a victim of IRS identity theft and was inquiring what to do next. Since that last meeting, I met with
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