Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Guilty as Sin - Chiropractor Sentenced For Tax Evasion


Donald Gibson was sentenced to 33 months in prison for tax evasion and for presenting a fake financial instrument to the U.S. Department of Treasury. Gibson failed to file his 2004 through 2014 individual income tax returns and attempted to evade his income tax liabilities for these years by diverting money to a warehouse bank called MYICIS, cashing over $800,000 in business checks at a check-cashing facility and submitting fake money orders and bogus financial instruments to the IRS. Gibson  also formed Sovereign Christian Mission (SCM), a purported religious organization, as a way to further hide his chiropractic income and pay for his personal expenses. Gibson used SCM to pay for his groceries, entertainment, dinners, and car repairs. While the IRS was auditing his tax returns and later during the criminal investigation, Gibson presented a fake financial instrument purporting to be worth $300 million to the IRS and claimed that it paid off his income tax liabilities.

We take a practical approach to problem solving and strive to obtain the best possible outcome for our clients

We successfully solve IRS and New York State Tax problems, including suspended Drivers Licenses and Passports. Specializing in large dollar Payroll, Sales and Income Tax Representation for Individuals, Professional Practices and Businesses. 

We negotiate excellent Payment Plans, Audits, Offers in Compromise, Payroll & Trust Fund Recovery Penalties, and most other tax issues. Do you have Unfiled Tax Returns? We can have them prepared and filed for you within 48 hours, guaranteed. Same day and emergency appointments are available Monday through Friday in our New York City office. 

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Tax Return Preparer Pleads Guilty to Preparing False Tax Return (if your tax returns aren’t Kosher, you’d better call Selig & Associates)


A tax return preparer pleaded guilty to one count of aiding and assisting in the preparation of a false tax return, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney Halsey B. Frank. According to plea documents and statements made in court, Ashraf Eldeknawey operated a tax return preparation business during the years 2015 through 2018. Eldeknawey admitted to willfully preparing a false 2015 tax return for two clients that intentionally included overstated self-employment income in order to claim the Earned Income Tax Credit and a fraudulently increased refund from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).  Eldeknawey admitted that his preparation of false tax returns caused a loss to the government between $40,000 and $100,000. Eldeknawey faces up to three years in prison, as well as monetary penalties.  As part of the plea, Eldeknawey also agreed to pay restitution to the IRS in the amount of the loss caused by his conduct. 
We take a practical approach to problem solving and strive to obtain the best possible outcome for our clients

We successfully solve IRS and New York State Tax problems, including suspended Drivers Licenses and Passports. Specializing in large dollar Payroll, Sales and Income Tax Representation for Individuals, Professional Practices and Businesses. 

We negotiate excellent Payment Plans, Audits, Offers in Compromise, Payroll & Trust Fund Recovery Penalties, and most other tax issues. Do you have Unfiled Tax Returns? We can have them prepared and filed for you within 48 hours, guaranteed. Same day and emergency appointments are available Monday through Friday in our New York City office. 

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Monday, August 19, 2019

Liquor Smuggler Forfeits Booze & Vehicle After Guilty Plea (Tax Problems? Better call SELIG & Associates)




The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance and the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office announced Juncheng Chen of 136-18 64th Road, Flushing, Queens, pleaded guilty to attempting to smuggle untaxed liquor into New York State for resale. As part of his plea, Chen agreed to forfeit his vehicle, a Chevrolet Suburban SUV, and the alcohol seized when he was arrested. “Those who smuggle untaxed liquor are profiting at the expense of their neighbors and depriving local communities of critical funding for public programs and services,” said New York State Commissioner of Taxation and Finance Michael Schmidt. “We’ll continue to work with all levels of law enforcement to ensure those responsible are held accountable.” Chen will pay nearly $1,300 in tax as restitution as well. He faces additional monetary fines for penalty and interest when he’s sentenced on September 3 in Rye City Court. The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Nicole Gamble of the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office Economic Crimes Bureau. “We are committed to stopping any criminal who attempts to defraud the system and therefore steal from the people of New York State,” said Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. “We will continue to work closely with Commissioner Schmidt and his investigators at the NY State Department of Taxation and Finance to prosecute crimes that affect all of us.” Chen was arrested by investigators with the Tax Department’s Criminal Investigations Division in December 2017 after his vehicle was stopped by New York State Police in Rye, NY. The vehicle was packed with more than 700 liters of liquor, which he purchased at multiple liquor outlets in New Hampshire.



We take a practical approach to problem solving and strive to obtain the best possible outcome for our clients


We successfully solve IRS and New York State Tax problems, including suspended Drivers Licenses and Passports. Specializing in large dollar Payroll, Sales and Income Tax Representation for Individuals, Professional Practices and Businesses. 

We negotiate excellent Payment Plans, Audits, Offers in Compromise, Payroll & Trust Fund Recovery Penalties, and most other tax issues. Do you have Unfiled Tax Returns? We can have them prepared and filed for you within 48 hours, guaranteed. Same day and emergency appointments are available Monday through Friday in our New York City office. 

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IRS Automatically Waiving Estimated Tax Penalties (for eligible 2018 tax filers only)




The Internal Revenue Service is automatically waiving the estimated tax penalty for the more than 400,000 eligible taxpayers who already filed their 2018 federal income tax returns but did not claim the waiver. The IRS will apply this waiver to tax accounts of all eligible taxpayers, so there is no need to contact the IRS to apply for or request the waiver. Earlier this year, the IRS lowered the usual 90% penalty threshold to 80% to help taxpayers whose withholding and estimated tax payments fell short of their total 2018 tax liability. The agency also removed the requirement that estimated tax payments be made in four equal installments, as long as they were all made by January 15, 2019. The 90% threshold was initially lowered to 85% on January 16  and further lowered to 80% on March 22. The automatic waiver applies to any individual taxpayer who paid at least 80% of their total tax liability through federal income tax withholding or quarterly estimated tax payments but did not claim the special waiver available to them when they filed their 2018 return earlier this year. "The IRS is taking this step to help affected taxpayers," said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. "This waiver is designed to provide relief to any person who filed too early to take advantage of the waiver or was unaware of it when they filed."

Refunds planned for eligible taxpayers who paid penalty

Over the next few months, the IRS will mail copies of notices CP 21 granting this relief to affected taxpayers. Any eligible taxpayer who already paid the penalty will also receive a refund check about three weeks after their CP21 notice regardless if they requested penalty relief. The agency emphasized that eligible taxpayers who have already filed a 2018 return do not need to request penalty relief, contact the IRS or take any other action to receive this relief. For those yet to file, the IRS urges every eligible taxpayer to claim the waiver on their return. This includes those with tax-filing extensions due to run out on Oct. 15, 2019. The quickest and easiest way is to file electronically and take advantage of the waiver computation built into their tax software package. Those who choose to file on paper can fill out Form 2210 and attach it to their 2018 return. See the instructions to Form 2210 for details. Because the U.S. tax system is pay-as-you-go, taxpayers are required by law to pay most of their tax obligation during the year, rather than at the end of the year. This can be done by having tax withheld from paychecks, pension payments or Social Security benefits, making estimated tax payments or a combination of these methods. Like last year, the IRS urges everyone to do a "Paycheck Checkup" and review their withholding for 2019. This is especially important for anyone who faced an unexpected tax bill or a penalty when they filed this year. It's also an important step for those who made withholding adjustments in 2018 or had a major life change. Those most at risk of having too little tax withheld include those who itemized in the past but now take the increased standard deduction, as well as two wage earner households, employees with nonwage sources of income and those with complex tax situations. To get started, check out the IRS’s new Tax Withholding Estimator, available on IRS.gov. More information about tax withholding and estimated tax can be found on the agency's Pay As You Go webpage, as well as in Publication 505.

We take a practical approach to problem solving and strive to obtain the best possible outcome for our clients


We successfully solve IRS and New York State Tax problems, including suspended Drivers Licenses and Passports. Specializing in large dollar Payroll, Sales and Income Tax Representation for Individuals, Professional Practices and Businesses. 

We negotiate excellent Payment Plans, Audits, Offers in Compromise, Payroll & Trust Fund Recovery Penalties, and most other tax issues. Do you have Unfiled Tax Returns? We can have them prepared and filed for you within 48 hours, guaranteed. Same day and emergency appointments are available Monday through Friday in our New York City office. 

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Company owner charged with falsifying federal records, tax evasion and a whole lot more (better call SELIG & Associates)



The owner of an automobile transport company has been charged with falsifying federal records, fraud, identity theft and tax evasion. U.S. Attorney Aaron Weisman says 39-year-old Michael Chaves, was arraigned in federal court on Friday. His bond was set at $100,000. Weisman says Chaves is accused of attempting to influence and impede inspections of his business by falsifying U.S. Department of Transportation records, and of using someone else’s personal identifying information to continue operating after being ordered to shut down for safety violations. 

We take a practical approach to problem solving and strive to obtain the best possible outcome for our clients

We successfully solve IRS and New York State Tax problems, including suspended Drivers Licenses and Passports. Specializing in large dollar Payroll, Sales and Income Tax Representation for Individuals, Professional Practices and Businesses. 

We negotiate excellent Payment Plans, Audits, Offers in Compromise, Payroll & Trust Fund Recovery Penalties, and most other tax issues. Do you have Unfiled Tax Returns? We can have them prepared and filed for you within 48 hours, guaranteed. Same day and emergency appointments are available Monday through Friday in our New York City office. 

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

NY Business Owner Accused of Forging Invoices & Pocketing Sales Taxes



Facing Multiply Felonies Including Criminal Tax Fraud


On August 8th 2019 the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance announced felony charges against Virginia Reed, owner of PC Innovations, Inc. She’s accused of failing to pay more than $96,000 in sales tax collected from her customers and falsifying business records.

“Businesses that disregard their tax obligations deprive the communities where they operate of revenue for vital services and put similar businesses at a competitive disadvantage,” said New York State Commissioner of Taxation and Finance Michael Schmidt. “Profiting at the expense of your community isn’t just unfair, it’s criminal, and those responsible must be held accountable.”

Tax Department investigators allege Reed, 61, failed to pay to the state at least $96,311 in sales tax collected from customers between February 2013 and September 2016. She’s also accused of filing multiple sales tax returns during the same period that significantly understated the amount of sales tax collected from customers. Investigators uncovered many invoices that were allegedly altered to hide the true amount of sales tax collected. Reed  is charged with multiple felonies, including criminal tax fraud, grand larceny, and offering a false instrument for filing. Reed was arraigned on Wednesday, July 31, and is scheduled to reappear on August 26.

A criminal complaint is only an accusation; the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.


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We take a practical approach to problem solving and strive to obtain the best possible outcome for our clients

We successfully solve IRS and New York State Tax problems, including suspended Drivers Licenses and Passports. Specializing in large dollar Payroll, Sales and Income Tax Representation for Individuals, Professional Practices and Businesses. 

We negotiate excellent Payment Plans, Audits, Offers in Compromise, Payroll & Trust Fund Recovery Penalties, and most other tax issues. Do you have Unfiled Tax Returns? We can have them prepared and filed for you within 48 hours, guaranteed. Same day and emergency appointments are available Monday through Friday in our New York City office. 

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Monday, August 12, 2019

Do it Yourself Tax Help



Don’t need an Accountant and Attorney to solve your Tax Problem? 

Introducing the $99.99 Self Help Solution 

for Do it Yourselfers


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STEP 1
We will contact the IRS and find out exactly how much you owe. 

STEP 2
We will find out if all of your federal Tax Returns have been filed. If you’re not in compliance, we’ll obtain Wage and Income transcripts from the IRS and with this information, your missing tax returns can be prepared by the tax return preparer of your choice. 

STEP 3
We will tell you in writing how to best address your tax problem and we’ll provide you with the specific forms needed to get things done (the right tools for the right job).  

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New York. NY 10001
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We take a practical approach to problem solving and strive to obtain the best possible outcome for our clients
We successfully solve IRS and New York State Tax problems, including suspended Drivers Licenses and Passports. Specializing in large dollar Payroll, Sales and Income Tax Representation for Individuals, Professional Practices and Businesses. 

We negotiate excellent Payment Plans, Audits, Offers in Compromise, Payroll & Trust Fund Recovery Penalties, and most other tax issues. 

Do you have Unfiled Tax Returns? We can have them prepared and filed for you within 48 hours, guaranteed.

Same day and emergency appointments are available Monday through Friday in our New York City office. 

Call (212) 974-3435



Guilty as Sin - Chiropractor Sentenced For Tax Evasion

Donald Gibson  was sentenced to 33 months in prison for tax evasion and for presenting a fake financial instrument to the U.S. Departmen...