Tax Policy Study Shows More Americans Paying Taxes

September 9th, 2013

About this time last year one of the biggest tax news stories centered around a 2009 Tax Policy Center (TPC) report that showed 47 percent of citizens were not paying taxes. According to a Don’t Mess with Taxes, Kay Bell in an article titled: “More Americans are paying federal income,” recent analysis by TPC (a joint venture of the Urban Institute and Brookings Institution), and shows that the 47% group
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Tax Relief News in Review-Celebrity Tax Stories

September 6th, 2013

Happy Friday!
On this short holiday week, the tax news we featured mainly centered on celebrity tax stories. Here is a recap of what we featured:
Tax Problems-Michael Jackson Estate Gets Assessed by IRS – It appears that the estate of the late Michael Jackson and the IRS are engaged in a dispute over how much the estate of the “King of Pop” is really worth. An NBC News Business article
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IRS is Going After Your Friends and Neighbors Too

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.
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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

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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Offshore Tax Evasion-US and Swiss Make A Deal

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

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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Tax Evasion and Bank Fraud Charged to Colorado Contractor

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 Defense Partners Ranked Highest in Top Ten Reviews

August 26th, 2013

It was great to receive the news that Tax Defense Partners (TDP) was ranked the highest of all Tax Debt Relief Service providers on Top Ten Reviews. This first place review sighted the following reasons why TDP is the best option for representing taxpayers before the IRS:

The age of the company
The number of clients it has served
The fact that Tax Defense Partners can help with and negotiate any tax situation

It’s rewarding
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Tax Evasion by Ohio Land Developer

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

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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Tax Relief Weekly News Round Up

August 23rd, 2013

Happy Friday!
This week we featured tax relief stories about the following subjects: how tax resolution can help struggling taxpayers, turning financial failures into success, ways to pay off a large tax debt. We also covered stories about tax evasion, filing false tax liens and tax fraud.
Here’s the tax news recap:
The post How Tax Resolution Services Helps People Find Tax Relief was inspired by a video interview I had in February
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Three Californians Indicted for False Tax Liens and Fraud

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

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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IRS Question Corner: How Can I Pay Off Tax Debt?

August 21st, 2013

Question: I owe a lot in tax debt, and there’s no way I can repay what I owe. I’ve read about the Offer in Compromise and the Installment Agreement. But how do I determine which is right for me?

Answer: Those are great questions — not only because you need to know the answers as you confront your tax debt head on, but also because they are questions many indebted
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Tax Relief Tips-Turning Financial Failures into Tax Success

August 20th, 2013

Did you know August 15th was National Failures Day? Well, I didn’t either and it was only after reading an informative article from Don’t Mess with Taxes, Kay Bell titled: “Turning financial failures into tax-saving successes” that I thought there should be any reason to celebrate.
In the article, Kay Bell highlights the following financial “failures” that if deducted on your tax return may actually provide some benefit and possibly take
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