Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Tax Filing Tips from the New York State Tax Department + Free Resources to Promptly Receive Refunds Owed




The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance today encouraged taxpayers to prepare for income tax filing season by reviewing some important tips that can ease the process and ensure accurate returns and promptly issued refunds.

“We are committed to fair and efficient tax administration, which means all returns are analyzed by our advanced processing system to detect errors and fraud,” said Acting Commissioner Nonie Manion. “To ensure your return sails through this process and any refund owed is issued promptly, review these tips and all the resources on our website at www.tax.ny.gov.”

E-file for free. A large percentage of New Yorkers qualify to electronically prepare and file both their federal and state income tax returns for free. Last year, more than 155,000 taxpayers took advantage of the free-filing options available on the Tax Department website, and close to 92% e-filed their returns—speeding refunds.

File early. Don’t put it off until the last minute. Filing in a rush can lead to errors that will delay any refund you may be owed.

Save a tree. E-filing is safer and more efficient than sending paper returns through the mail. Nearly 92% of all New York State personal income tax returns are electronically prepared and filed. All returns, whether filed electronically or on paper, undergo the same systematic review.
File for free. Taxpayers with adjusted gross household incomes of $66,000 or less in 2018 may access free, user-friendly software from their computer, smartphone, or tablet at www.tax.ny.gov (search: Free File). The tax preparation software helps prevent filing errors and processing delays. It may also help you find potentially valuable credits you may have missed.

Access your Account Summary. This page provides a central location for viewing details of your tax account. You can view prepayments to accurately report on your tax return when filing. This includes estimated tax payments made throughout the year as well as payments made with your extension of time to file.

File on time. To avoid penalties and interest, file on time. The penalties are much higher for late filing than for late payment.

Use direct deposit. Receive any refund due up to a week faster by having it directly deposited into your bank account. Be sure to double check the routing and account numbers for your account.

Check your refund online. If you’re eager to find out the status of your claim for an income tax refund, use the Check your Refund  app on our website: www.tax.ny.gov. It’s the fastest and most convenient way to know when to expect your refund. You’ll need to enter the refund amount you're claiming, your Social Security number, and which form you filed.


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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Woman Sentenced to 5 Years in Federal Prison for Participating in IRS Impersonation Scam



John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that NANCY J. FRYE, 51, of Bristol, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Vanessa L. Bryant in Hartford to 60 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release, for her involvement in an IRS impersonation scam that defrauded hundreds of victims in the United States and Canada.

An IRS impersonation scam is operated by individuals who falsely represent themselves as employees of the IRS to obtain money from victims.  Typically, those executing the fraudulent scheme make unsolicited telephone calls to people and tell them that they are IRS agents or officers calling on behalf of the IRS.  During the calls, the impersonator tells the call recipient that the recipient has an outstanding debt with the IRS that must be paid immediately.  The impersonator then threatens persons with either arrest or a lawsuit if they do not immediately settle the bogus IRS debt.  Victims are instructed to wire money to individuals they believe are employees of the IRS in order to avoid the threatened action.

According to court documents and statements made in court, in October 2015, FRYE received phone calls and text messages from individuals who successfully recruited her to pick up money that was wired through MoneyGram and Western Union and to deposit the money into specific bank accounts.  FRYE, in turn, recruited Douglas Martin and others to assist her in picking up wired funds from locations in central Connecticut.  FRYE then deposited the money that she collected into the bank accounts.

Between October 2015 and June 2016, FRYE, and others working at her direction, received approximately $588,000 in wired funds from approximately 574 victims.Judge Bryant ordered FRYE to pay restitution in the amount of $585,321.

FRYE and Martin were arrested on September 15, 2016.

On June 12, 2017, FRYE pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

Martin pleaded guilty to the same charge and, on November 2, 2017, was sentenced to 41 months of imprisonment.

Judge Bryant ordered FRYE, who is released on bond, to report to prison on January 8, 2018.

Since October 2013, TIGTA has received reports of more than 2.1 million impersonation related calls with more than 12,400 victims reporting losses of approximately $62 million.

This matter is being investigated by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury and U.S. Postal Inspection Service.  The U.S. Attorney gratefully acknowledges the assistance provided by the Rocky Hill Police Department, Bristol Police Department, and New York State Department of Taxation and Finance.

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Monday, January 7, 2019

EDIBLE ARRANGEMENTS FRANCHISE OWNER PLEADS GUILTY TO BILKING CITY AND STATE OUT OF MORE THAN $185,000 IN TAXES Defendant To Make Full Restitution Including Penalties And Interest



Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown, joined by New York State Department of Taxation and Finance Commissioner Thomas H. Mattox, announced that on THURSDAY, JANUARY 8, 2015 a Queens man who owns an Edible Arrangements franchise in Springfield Gardens, Queens, has pleaded guilty to violations of the New York State Tax Code for failing to pay more than $185,000 in taxes due to both New York City and New York State. 
District Attorney Brown said, “Sales taxes are meant for the public treasury - not to line the pockets of businessmen. The defendant showed a callous disregard for the tax laws. He stole from his customers as well as from the State of New York and the City by under reporting his business’ earnings. The defendant has now admitted his guilt and will be sentenced accordingly.” 
Commissioner Mattox said, “The defendant admitted to willfully stealing tax dollars paid by customers, a crime that can’t be tolerated. We will continue to work with District Attorney Brown and other law enforcement partners to prosecute those who attempt to evade paying their fair share of taxes.” 
District Attorney Brown identified the defendant as Maurice Letman, 42, of Springfield Gardens, Queens. The defendant is the owner of MSM Arrangements that operates as an Edible Arrangements franchise at 133-23 Springfield Boulevard in Queens. The business sells fruit baskets and fruit bouquets. Letman pleaded guilty to violations of sections 1804 and 1802 of the New York State Tax Code and corporate defendant MSM Arrangements pleaded guilty to a violation of section 1804 of the Tax Code and criminal tax fraud in the third degree before Acting Queens Supreme Court Justice Suzanne Melendez. The business will receive a conditional discharge. Defendant Letman will be sentenced on March 2, 2015. 
District Attorney Brown said that the defendant’s business collected in excess of $2 million between 2007 and 2011, but failed to pay more than $100,000 in taxes owed. Between 2011 and 2013, the defendant’s business collected just over $1.2 million yet the defendant claimed in required filings to have only taken in about $26,000 - cheating the city and state coffers of another $50,000. 
The District Attorney said that the defendant has repaid over $90,000 and must still pay another $97,537. The total restitution is $188,448. As a condition of the plea agreement, the defendant signed an agreement with the New York State Department of Taxation to pay penalties and interest in excess of $200,000. 
The investigation was conducted by Forensic Tax Auditor Harry Marc-Charles of the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance under the supervision of Chunyip Tsui, the section head of Criminal Investigations Division. 

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

New York State is Cracking Down on Tax Evaders and Welfare Cheats




District Attorneys in 29 Counties Awarded Grant Funding Through the State's "Crimes Against Revenue Program"
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced more than $13.5 million in grants has been awarded to 29 district attorneys' offices statewide to continue the enhancement of their investigation of state tax evasion and welfare fraud cases. The grants are made available through the state's Crimes Against Revenue Program, which is supported by proceeds from investigations and subsequent prosecutions that result in tax revenues, fines and restitution being paid to the state.
"New York State has zero tolerance for theft of any kind from hardworking men and women and we will continue to do everything in our power to crack down on those who cheat the system," Governor Cuomo said. "This funding will assist prosecutors across the state protect New Yorkers and hold responsible individuals accountable."
CARP, a joint initiative of the State Department of Taxation and Finance and the Division of Criminal Justice Services, targets individuals who deliberately fail to pay tax obligations, as well as those who commit Medicaid, welfare, unemployment and workers' compensation fraud. The Department of Tax and Finance serves as the program expert by providing technical assistance and helping to identify cases for investigation while the Division of Criminal Justice Services administers the grant funding.
The grants fund personnel, including forensic accountants, investigators and assistant district attorneys, who work to build cases for prosecution. CARP investigations focus on the failure to pay any type of taxes, such as excise, sales, and income, by individuals, corporations or industries which can include complex financial fraud and tax evasion schemes orchestrated by major criminal enterprises.
Division of Criminal Justice Services Executive Deputy Commissioner Michael C. Green said, "Since it was established in 2004, CARP has continued to provide district attorneys across the state with the funding necessary to help them investigate and prosecute these often complex and specialized cases. We are proud to be a part of these collaborative efforts to identify and prosecute these individuals who are looking to cheat the system and honest taxpayers of New York State."
Department of Taxation and Finance Acting Commissioner Nonie Manion said, "CARP puts more muscle into our criminal investigations, helping us strengthen the productive partnerships we've built with local law enforcement organizations. It's an important element in the agency's vigilant and continuous effort to bring tax cheats to justice."
The 29 county district attorneys' offices receiving grants announced today have been funded through the Crimes Against Revenue Program since 2016. While only those offices were eligible to apply for funding, they were not guaranteed the same amount they had previously received. The grants align with the calendar year ending in December 2019 with optional renewals for up to two additional years.
New York City 
·      Bronx: $692,300
·      Kings (Brooklyn): $802,600
·      New York (Manhattan): $5,000,000
·      Queens: $1,491,400
·      Richmond (Staten Island): $256,210
Long Island
·      Nassau County: $633,399
·      Suffolk: $1,605,500
Mid-Hudson
·      Orange: $112,810
·      Rockland: $357,600
·      Ulster: $143,600
·      Westchester: $278,100
Capital Region
·      Albany: $299,710
·      Rensselaer: $102,800
·      Saratoga $118,900
·      Schenectady: $130,000
·      Warren: $59,600
·      Washington: $36,200
Mohawk Valley
·      Montgomery: $28,600
·      Oneida: $160,878
Central New York
·      Cayuga: $80,000
·      Madison: $67,000
·      Onondaga: $111,110
Southern Tier
·      Chemung: $64,170
·      Steuben: $40,400
Finger Lakes
·      Ontario: $92,100
·      Monroe: $208,000
Western New York
·      Chautauqua: $65,000
·      Erie: $414,100
·      Niagara: $68,810
The New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (www.criminaljustice.ny.gov) has a variety of responsibilities, including law enforcement training; collection and analysis of statewide crime data; maintenance of criminal history information and fingerprint files; administrative oversight of the state's DNA databank, in partnership with the New York State Police; funding and oversight of probation and community correction programs; administration of federal and state criminal justice funds; support of criminal justice-related agencies across the state; and administration of the state's Sex Offender Registry.
The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance (www.tax.ny.gov) annually processes 25 million tax returns and collects more than $90 billion in annual state and local revenue.



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Tax Filing Tips from the New York State Tax Department + Free Resources to Promptly Receive Refunds Owed

The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance today encouraged taxpayers to prepare for income tax filing season by reviewing...