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  • “First Lady” of Tax Fraud Gets Busted!!

    Thursday 18th of July 2013 4:36:47 PM

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    Self proclaimed “First Lady” of tax fraud Rashia Wilson, 27 years old, of Tampa Florida taunted the IRS for years about openly stealing close to $3 Million when in fact its actually about $20 million.  Rashia used social media to show off the piles of money that she was proud to say she took from the IRS.

    She taunted the the IRS and “dared” them to get her.  Well, her luck came to an end because the IRS did catch up with her.  Now Rashia Wilson has been sentenced 21 years in prison for wire fraud and aggravated identity theft, both crimes rooted from tax fraud.

    To read the full story see The Tampa Bay Times.

     

  • Payroll Companies Busted!

    Wednesday 17th of July 2013 11:48:28 AM

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    Most US employers subcontract payroll and associated tax responsibilities to intermediary payers such as payroll service suppliers.  If the company that is being outsourced is trustworthy they can help employers tremendously by collecting and consigning payroll taxes (on behalf of the employer) in a judicious manner.

    Most of these third-party payroll companies generally provide good and on time service however, lately there has been a number of these payroll companies that have been prosecuted for pilfering the funds planned to pay payroll taxes.

    If you are concerned about protecting you and your business against crimes like this you may visit the IRS website for more information. You can also see a list of successfully prosecuted payroll companies here.

  • Energy Efficient Appliances Equal Tax Credit

    Monday 15th of July 2013 10:52:15 AM

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    Did you know that you can receive a tax credit directly from the IRS for having energy efficient appliances?  The tax credit applies to energy efficient dishwashers, clothes washers, and refrigerators manufactured after December 31, 2010.  You may claim a credit for each individual appliance.

    Tax credits range from $25 to $225 but there are certain stipulations and limits.

    You can read more about this and other IRS issues here.

  • IRA Withdrawal; Taxed or Not Taxed?

    Friday 12th of July 2013 2:23:09 PM

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    Generally withdrawals from IRAs (individual retirement accounts) as well as other tax deffered retirement plans are in fact taxable by the federal government. You should also expect to pay state income taxes on these withdrawals. The only exceptions would be if you reside in one of the seven states that do not impose state income taxes. The following would be those seven states: Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Washington state and Wyoming.

    Luckily that is not always the case.  As reported by Market Watch of the Wall Street Journal “Some states don’t tax retirement-account withdrawals at all, and others exempt a portion from taxation, sometimes only for retirees above a certain age or with income below certain thresholds. It generally depends on the state you live in when you take the distributions, but it can get confusing.” Read the full story here.

  • IRS Issues Reminder To Victims of Boston Marathon Explosions

    Thursday 11th of July 2013 4:31:11 PM

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    To those US tax payers that were affected by the Boston Marathon Explosions a reminder is issued from the IRS that you have until Monday, July 15, to file and pay your US income taxes.

    If you should need additional time you may file for an extension with Form 4868 and you must pay your taxes by October 15, 2013 with .

    Keep in mind that regardless of the reason for the extension that penalties may accrue on your tax liability.  To read more about this story you may visit the IRS website.

  • IRS Closes, Again

    Wednesday 03rd of July 2013 5:07:07 PM

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    Due to the current budget issues the IRS has, all IRS offices will be closed July 5, 2013.  That includes all help lines and IRS offices.

    IRS employees will be furloughed with no pay to maintain budget cuts!

    In the event any tax payer should have a deadline that falls on any of the current furloughed days then it will be treated as if that day fell on a national holiday and be postponed until the following business day.

    You can read the full story here….

  • IRS Releases a 3-Part Report to Fix Tax Exempt Applications

    Tuesday 25th of June 2013 11:13:52 AM

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    In Washington on June 24, 2013-Danny Werfel, Internal Revenue Service Principal Deputy Commissioner, releases a 3-part report describing the actions to fix issues that were discovered throughout the IRS’ review of tax exempt applications.  The report also describes how the applications will be improved and how it will smooth the processes at the IRS.

    Werfel said “It is critical that the IRS takes steps to ensure accountability, address the problems uncovered in recent weeks and improve the operations of the IRS to continue to carry out our critical mission on behalf of the public,” and “We have made a number of changes already, more are in the works and even more will develop as we move forward.”

    To read the full story, please visit the IRS website.

     

  • I’m Not a Player, I Just Don’t Pay My Taxes A Lot!

    Monday 24th of June 2013 11:25:02 AM

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    Rapper “Fat Joe” is facing two years in prison in addition to a hefty $100K fine for not paying federal taxes on unfiled income.  He plead guilty in a federal court in Newark last Thursday.  “Fat Joe” failed to file his income taxes on more than $3 million of earnings.  In 2007 he failed to file a reported $1.3 million in income and royalties then again in 2008 with $1.4 million, and also in 2009 and 2010 there is about $1 million of unfiled income taxes.

    According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Mack the tax loss to the US government was just over $700,000. “Fat Joe’s” attorney, Jeffrey Lichtman of New York, insisted that there was no intent to mislead the IRS. Lichtman said “This is a guy who had been paying his taxes for years when he was making a significant amount of money… He changed accountants and errors were made. We were in the process of addressing this when we received notice that there was a criminal investigation.”  Lichtman also insisted that this is not a tax evasion crime instead simply failure to file tax returns.

  • Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee Delivers Annual Report

    Thursday 20th of June 2013 2:54:08 PM

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    In a meeting today The Electronic Tax Administration Advisory Committee (ETAAC) has made public its 2013 Annual Report to Congress.  According to the IRS the report highlights 5 groups of recommendations on issues regarding the electronic tax administration.

    Highlights of the report include suggestions on the following key results:

    • Support standards for safety measures, privacy and fraud deterrence
    • Provide incentives for e-filing employment tax returns
    • Expand access to data and online tools
    • Leverage relationships in the electronic filing community
    • Fund CADE 2 and the 1040 Modernized e-file (MeF) programs

    See the full report here.

  • Gifts Can Be Taxed, Too!

    Wednesday 19th of June 2013 9:40:30 AM

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    Planning on giving someone a gift? Expect the IRS to impose a gift tax.

    The gift tax is a tax on the reassignment of assets from one person to another, granted the giver does not receive anything in return for the gift. The gift tax applies regardless of the donor intending the reassignment to be a gift or not.

    Gift tax can also be imposed for the transfer of property.  A property gift would also include money or the income generated from the property in question.  Again, this only applies if the giver does not receive anything in return for the gift of the property.

    Keep in mind that if you sell something at below its entire value or if you a loaning out money at a reduced or no interest loan, this may also qualify as a gift.

    In any and all gift tax occurrences the donor is who pays the gift tax. For more information on the gift tax please visit the IRS website.

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