Return Preparer Liable for Returns She Didn’t Prepare

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The IRS has been increasing its focus on tax return preparers who file false or fraudulent tax returns. Congress recently beefed up the due diligence requirements preparers have to comply with and the penalty amounts have also been increased. But these laws only apply to tax returns the preparer actually prepared. In Tolentino v. United […]

Use of Accounting Board Order in Criminal Tax Case

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If an accountant is disciplined by the accounting board, can the discipline be used to increase his criminal sentence for tax fraud when the accounting board’s discipline did not prohibit or address fraud? The court addressed this in United States v. Iley, No. 17-1269 (10th Cir. 2019). Facts & Procedural History The defendant was a […]

Statements Made to IRS Special Agents

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If you are contacted by an IRS special agent for an informal meeting, can statements made during the meeting be used against you in court? The answer is “maybe.” The court addresses this in United States v. Henry, No. 2017-0001 (D. VI 2018). Facts & Procedural History The IRS criminal investigation unit received a tip […]

Do Criminal Convictions Deter Employment Tax Crimes?

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Failing to pay taxes to the government is a crime. This includes failing to pay employment taxes withheld by employers from employee wages. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (“TIGTA”) just released a report suggesting that the government has failed to enforce employment tax crimes. The report argues that the IRS’s lax enforcement results […]

Tax Refund Fraud Committed by Prisoners

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The government has limited resources available to detect and prosecute tax fraud. Fraudulent tax refund schemes by prisoners continue to present a compliance burden for the IRS. The United States v. Turturro, 06-12033 (11th Cir. 2007) case provides a good example of this type of fraudulent scheme. Facts & Procedural History Turturro was in prison […]

Tax Attorney Gets Taxpayer Favorable Sentence, Court Says Not So Fast

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Tax fraud often results in harsh criminal tax penalties; however, you really never know what a particular tax crime sentence will be until you have your day in court, then the appeals for that sentence, and then possibly the appeals for those appeals. Take for example the case of United States v. Trupin. According to […]