Criminal Tax

11
Sep

Our View on Cryptocurrency Taxes & the IRS

By: Randall P. Andreozzi, Esq. Cryptocurrency investors be warned.  The IRS is coming for you.  Over the course of several years, the IRS has methodically ramped up its efforts to tackle the burgeoning cryptocurrency market.  As taxpayers enter this market, it’s important that they understand that virtual currency transactions are taxable events involving actual assets and that the IRS treats

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13
Jun

IRS Completes Unprecedented Campaign Targeting Employment Tax Crimes

By: Kevin Murphy, Esq. In our most recent blog post, we discussed the importance of timely payment of payroll taxes and how serious the IRS is taking the issue of criminalizing the Trust Fund Recovery Penalty. As a follow up, we wanted to pass along a recent news release from the IRS that highlights the conclusion of an unprecedented two

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31
May

WHY YOU SHOULD ALWAYS PAY YOUR PAYROLL TAXES: A PRIMER ON TRUST FUND RECOVERY PENALTIES (PART 2)-CRIMINAL EXPOSURE

By: Kevin Murphy, Esq. In Part 1, of this blog, we explained and discussed the civil aspects of IRC 6672- the Trust Fund Recovery Penalty (TFRP). At the end of Part 1, we mentioned that the civil statute is virtually identical to the criminal statute. The two statutes are highlighted below: Section – IRC 6672 (Civil) Any person required to collect,

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30
Jan

Voluntary Disclosure options for taxpayers after the closing of the OVDP

By: Tiffany D. Bell When the IRS closed the 2014 OVDP last fall, which had provided an avenue for taxpayers to come into compliance with any past offshore tax and information reporting, it left many taxpayers and tax practitioners wondering, what do we do now? Since 2009, the IRS has offered taxpayers a variety of voluntary disclosure programs within which

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4
Jan

Client Privilege – When you have it & when you don’t may surprise you.

By: Gary P. Bluestein Many accountants incorrectly assume that their communications with their tax clients are always privileged and confidential. Unfortunately, sometimes tax cases can cross over into potential criminal exposure for a client, and not knowing the scope and limitations of privilege can be devastating, both to the practitioner and to the client.  Although there is limited privilege provided

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19
Mar

IRS Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program Will End on September 28, 2018

By: Randall P. Andreozzi, Esq. The IRS announced on Wednesday that it will officially end the 2014 Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (affectionately known to practitioners as the “OVDP”) on September 28, 2018. The Agency urged taxpayers who still have not come forward to do so before the program ends. The 2014 OVDP is the last evolution of the program IRS

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3
Sep

The Threat of Parallel Investigations: When Civil Isn’t Civil

By: Justin J. Andreozzi, J.D.; Randall P. Andreozzi, J.D.; and Arlene Hibschweiler, MBA, J.D. While at one time, the IRS would discontinue a civil examination when it began a criminal investigation of a taxpayer, it is now the IRS’s policy in certain situations to conduct simultaneous civil and criminal investigations in what are called parallel investigations. While, technically, the civil

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17
Mar

Tax Anxiety – Good News & Bad News

With the upcoming hype surrounding taxes as April 15th approaches, anxiety increases for those in tax trouble. A significant number of people have been contacted by the taxing authorities about missing tax returns, or are nervously anticipating such contact. Others already have an assessed liability and are facing enforced collection action. What many individuals who have not filed do not realize

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21
Feb

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals Reverses Tax Court Ruling on Intervention in USVI Cases

On February 20, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit released an opinion allowing the Government of the United States Virgin Islands (“USVI”) to intervene in three cases consolidated for appeal.  The Eleventh Circuit reversed the U.S. Tax Court’s denial of the USVI’s motions to intervene in the three cases. In each case, the taxpayers, each of

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25
May

Government Plans to Subpoena Accountants Engaged in Kovel Arrangements

Attorneys are not always fluent in accounting.  Thus, accountants are often retained by a client’s attorney to assist them in rendering advice to the client.  In the seminal case United States v. Kovel, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals held that communications made by a client to an accountant retained by his attorney will be shielded under the attorney-client privilege. The

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