Monday, December 31, 2018

Couple Indicted for Conspiracy to Defraud the IRS and Filing False Tax Returns



A federal grand jury returned an indictment charging a husband and wife with conspiring to defraud the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and multiple counts of filing false tax returns, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and United States Attorney David C. Joseph.
According to the indictment, Robert and Donna Poimboeuf owned and operated D&G Holdings LLC (D&G), a company providing laboratory and mobile phlebotomy services.  For the 2011 through 2015 tax years, the Poimboeufs allegedly underreported their income and gross receipts from D&G on their joint personal federal income tax returns by submitting false information to two separate tax return preparers that omitted bank accounts and Forms 1099 that the accountants needed to accurately report their taxable income.  The indictment charges that the Poimboeufs also improperly classified business receipts as non-taxable loan proceeds in an effort to reduce their income. 
If convicted, Robert and Donna Poimboeuf each face a maximum sentence of five years in prison on the conspiracy counts and three years in prison on each false return count.  The Poimboeufs also face a period of supervised release and monetary penalties.  An indictment is an accusation.  A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
IRS-Criminal Investigation investigated the case. First Assistant U.S. Attorney Alexander Van Hook and Trial Attorney Kevin Schneider of the Tax Division are prosecuting the case.

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Monday, December 24, 2018

Atty. Gen & Tax Commissioner Manion Announce Record $330 Million Settlement With Sprint In Groundbreaking False Claims Act Litigation Involving Unpaid Sales Tax



Despite Knowing What the Tax Law Required, Sprint Decided Not to Comply
Largest-Ever Recovery in a Single-State False Claims Act Lawsuit
NEW YORK – Attorney General Barbara D. Underwood and Acting Tax Commissioner Nonie Manion today announced a record-breaking $330 million settlement of a False Claims Act lawsuit filed by the Attorney General against Sprint, the cell phone carrier, and some of its subsidiaries. The lawsuit – People v. Sprint Communications, Inc. et al., Index No. 103917/2011 (New York County Supreme Court) – alleged that for nearly a decade Sprint knowingly failed to collect and remit more than $100 million in state and local sales taxes owed on its flat-rate wireless calling plans sold to New Yorkers. The $330 million recovery is not only the largest-ever recovery by the New York Attorney General resulting from an action filed under the New York False Claims Act, but it is the largest-ever recovery by a single state in an action brought under a state false claims act. 
“Sprint knew exactly how New York sales tax law applied to its plans – yet for years the company flagrantly broke the law, cheating the state and its localities out of tax dollars that should have been invested in our communities,” said Attorney General Underwood. “Now, Sprint will pay the price with this record-setting settlement. This should serve as a clear reminder that the New York False Claims Act protects New Yorkers from companies that attempt to flout their obligations under New York tax law.”
The $330 million settlement announced today resolves this tax enforcement action under the New York False Claims Act brought by the Attorney General. At least twenty-nine states, the District of Columbia, and the federal government have passed False Claims Acts, laws which allow whistleblowers and the government to recover treble damages from companies or individuals that defraud the government. However, only the New York False Claims Act broadly covers all types of tax fraud. 
Sprint’s decision not to comply with New York sales tax law for nearly a decade harmed not just the State of New York, but also every county, city, town, village, and school district in New York that imposes a sales tax. Indeed, for many counties, sales tax revenue is the largest portion of county revenue. A substantial portion of today’s $330 million settlement has already been distributed to the localities who were directly harmed by Sprint’s conduct.
“By blatantly understating the amount of sales tax owed to the tune of $100 million, Sprint violated the trust of its customers and deprived communities across New York State of revenue needed for vital services,” said Acting Commissioner of Taxation and Finance Nonie Manion. “We applaud the whistleblower who brought this injustice to light, and our colleagues at the Attorney General’s Office who worked closely with us on the investigation that led to this record-setting settlement of $330 million.”
The investigation leading to this settlement began with a whistleblower lawsuit filed under the New York False Claims Act. The Attorney General appreciates the whistleblower’s provision of information and assistance in this investigation. The whistleblower will receive $62.7 million, as the New York False Claims Act entitles whistleblowers who report fraud against the government to a specific share of the recovery.
After the whistleblower filed its lawsuit in March 2011, the Attorney General’s office, working closely with the New York State Department of Taxation & Finance, conducted an extensive investigation into Sprint’s conduct and in April 2012 filed a civil enforcement action against Sprint and certain of its subsidiaries. Since then, the New York Supreme Court, the New York Supreme Court Appellate Division, First Department, and the New York Court of Appeals have all issued opinions rejecting Sprint’s attempts to dismiss this lawsuit.
Since August 2002, the tax provision at issue in this lawsuit, New York Tax Law § 1105(b)(2), has imposed a sales tax on all wireless voice services that are sold for a fixed periodic charge, without differentiating between intrastate or interstate and international voice calls. The New York Court of Appeals has explicitly held that this provision is unambiguous.
Sprint and its subsidiaries sold wireless calling plans to New York customers. Some of those wireless calling plans permitted a customer to use up to a specified number of minutes of voice-only calling for a flat-rate monthly charge (for example, 500 minutes of calling for $50), and those plans did not distinguish between intrastate and interstate calls.
The Attorney General’s investigation found that in early 2002, Sprint and the other major cell phone carriers lobbied the Tax Department in connection with the enactment of Tax Law § 1105(b)(2), which ultimately took effect in August 2002. The Attorney General’s investigation found that Sprint’s Regional Director for State and Local Government Affairs played a lead role in those lobbying efforts on the industry’s behalf. The Attorney General’s investigation also found that as part of those lobbying efforts, in spring 2002 that same in-house Sprint lobbyist agreed in writing that the soon-to-be-enacted Tax Law § 1105(b)(2) would maintain existing sales tax revenue payments for “bucket” plans (i.e., wireless calling plans which provided a fixed amount of voice calls for a fixed price) by imposing sales tax on those plans without regard to whether the calls were interstate or intrastate. That is exactly what Tax Law § 1105(b)(2) unambiguously did.
In addition, the Tax Department issued a guidance in 2002 that correctly explained the newly enacted Tax Law § 1105(b)(2) and provided the following example: “Example #1: Mr. Smith buys a cellular calling plan from a home service provider which includes up to 2,500 minutes of use for a flat-rate charge of $49.95 per month. The contract provides that additional charges will apply for calling minutes that exceed the minutes allowed under the plan. In November 2002, Mr. Smith does not exceed the calling minutes allowed under the plan, and is charged $49.95 for the month. Such charge is subject to sales tax under section 1105(b)(2) of the Tax Law, regardless of whether the calls made under the plan were intrastate, interstate, or international calls.”
The Attorney General’s investigation found that Sprint’s in-house tax lawyers knew of the lobbying efforts by Sprint’s in-house and external lobbyists regarding Tax Law § 1105(b)(2), that they reviewed both the unambiguous language of Tax Law § 1105(b)(2) and the clear Tax Department guidance in 2002, and that they were aware that the entire portion of a flat-rate charge attributable to wireless voice calls is subject to sales tax under Tax Law § 1105(b)(2), regardless of whether the wireless calls made under the plan were intrastate, interstate, or international calls.
However, even though Sprint’s in-house tax lawyers and lobbyists knew what Tax Law § 1105(b)(2) required, the Attorney General’s investigation found that in 2005, Sprint decided to violate New York law by failing to collect and remit state and local sales tax on the portion of a flat-rate charge for a wireless calling plan that Sprint arbitrarily deemed to be for interstate calls. Sprint continued to violate the law even after the Attorney General’s investigation began and even after the Attorney General filed this lawsuit. It was not until May 2014 that Sprint finally agreed to comply with the law.
Attorney General Underwood expresses her deep gratitude to the auditors, attorneys, and other staff at the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance for their critical contributions to this case.
The Attorney General’s lawsuit was led by Senior Counsel Bryan Kessler, with the assistance of Assistant Attorney General David Farber and Legal Support Analysts Justin Meshulam and Bianca LaVeglia, together with the other attorneys and staff of the Taxpayer Protection Bureau. The Taxpayer Protection Bureau is led by Bureau Chief Thomas Teige Carroll and Deputy Bureau Chief Scott Spiegelman, and it is part of the Division of Economic Justice, which is led by Executive Deputy Attorney General Manisha M. Sheth.


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Friday, December 21, 2018

Suffolk County Resident Pleads Guilty to Employment Tax Fraud – he should have hired Selig & Associates



A Suffolk County, New York, resident pleaded guilty today to failing to account for and pay over employment taxes to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division. 
According to court documents, Scott Warner owned and operated a temporary employment agency in Suffolk County, New York, that did business under multiple names, including Around the Clock Staffing Inc., Your Staffing Service Inc., Your Staffing Services Inc., Revlis Consulting Corp., and City Consulting Corp.  Warner was responsible for withholding federal income tax, Social Security and Medicare taxes from his employees’ wages, paying the taxes over to the IRS, and filing employment tax returns.  Despite this obligation, Warner failed to pay over to the IRS approximately $687,480 withheld from employee wages from Oct. 2012 through Dec. 2016. 
Warner faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison.  He also faces a period of supervised release, restitution, and monetary penalties.
Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Zuckerman thanked special agents of IRS Criminal Investigation, who conducted the investigation, and Tax Division Trial Attorneys Mark Kotila and Ann M. Cherry, who are prosecuting this case. 

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Thursday, December 20, 2018

You my Friend are the undeserving beneficiary of a temporary reprieve. And come January 2019, they are going to come after you faster than Grant through Richmond




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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Couple Indicted for Conspiracy to Defraud the IRS and Filing False Tax Returns



A federal grand jury returned an indictment yesterday charging a husband and wife with conspiring to defraud the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and multiple counts of filing false tax returns, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and United States Attorney. 
According to the indictment, Robert and Donna Poimboeuf owned and operated D&G Holdings LLC (D&G), a company providing laboratory and mobile phlebotomy services.  For the 2011 through 2015 tax years, the Poimboeufs allegedly underreported their income and gross receipts from D&G on their joint personal federal income tax returns by submitting false information to two separate tax return preparers that omitted bank accounts and Forms 1099 that the accountants needed to accurately report their taxable income.  The indictment charges that the Poimboeufs also improperly classified business receipts as non-taxable loan proceeds in an effort to reduce their income. 
If convicted, Robert and Donna Poimboeuf each face a maximum sentence of five years in prison on the conspiracy counts and three years in prison on each false return count.  The Poimboeufs also face a period of supervised release and monetary penalties.  An indictment is an accusation.  A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
IRS-Criminal Investigation investigated the case. First Assistant U.S. Attorney Alexander Van Hook and Trial Attorney Kevin Schneider of the Tax Division are prosecuting the case.


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✔ Missing tax returns prepared and filed within 48 hours, guaranteed. 

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Another Amazing Article by Jessica Karmasek: Boston financing company accuses debt elimination companies of swindling merchants



BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - A fast-growing small business financing company in Boston has filed a federal lawsuit against two debt elimination companies, alleging they are scamming merchants and commercial businesses and, in turn, have damaged the plaintiff company.
Forward Financing LLC filed its lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts Nov. 28.
The named defendants are Mark D. Guidubaldi & Associates LLC d/b/a Protection Legal Group LLC and Corporate Bailout LLC. Protection Legal Group is based in Schaumburg, Illinois, while Corporate Bailout is based in Somerville, New Jersey.
“In recent years, fraudulent debt elimination and debt settlement schemes have flourished throughout the United States. Promoters of these schemes generally claim that, for an up-front fee, they will eliminate or substantially reduce a party’s debts or other obligations to creditors,” Forward Financing explained in its 13-page complaint. “However, these schemes have no valid basis in law or in fact, and they fail to provide any of the promised relief to consumers or other entities unwittingly enlisted into such schemes.”
The Treasury Department’s Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation have warned consumers about such schemes, and several state attorneys general have brought civil actions.
As Forward Financing points out, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office is among those that have published warnings about such debt elimination schemes.
“Defendants PLG and Corporate Bailout have carried out their own version of this scheme, aimed not at consumers but at merchants and other commercial businesses,” the company alleges.
According to Forward Financing’s complaint, the defendants scour public records, among other methods, to identify and solicit merchants and other commercial entities to enroll in their debt restructuring programs, promising to reduce the merchants’ debts or other financial obligations.
“In fact, the Defendants’ ‘programs’ are shams, empty promises with no basis in law or fact designed not to assist these merchants but to exploit the merchants’ vulnerabilities and take their money for the Defendants’ own benefit -- at the expense of the merchants’ creditors and business associates,” Forward Financing alleges.
The plaintiff alleges it has fallen victim to the two companies’ fraudulent scheme.
According to its complaint, Forward Financing is a company that provides working capital to merchant businesses in exchange for an interest in a designated portion of the merchants’ future accounts and receivables.
A transaction arising from a Future Receipts Sales Agreement -- in which a merchant agrees to sell a certain amount of its future receipts to a company, like the plaintiff, for an immediate cash payment -- is not considered a loan.
Because of this, many merchants entering into such an agreement agree not to enter into any agreement with a third party that offers debt restructuring services, debt settlement services, debt management services, debt balance reduction services, creditor reduction services, creditor negotiation services, financial mitigation services or similar services, Forward Financing noted.
In addition, the company said it must be notified when a merchant receives such a solicitation.
Forward Financing alleges that “several” merchants have recently stopped making payments to it from the future receipts pursuant to their contracts at the direction of the defendant companies.
Among those contracts PLG and Corporate Bailout have allegedly interfered with: Port City Logistics Inc., of Oswego, New York; BW CPA Group Inc., of Los Angeles; J&J Pool and Beach Services Inc., of Pembroke Pines, Florida; Troupe Eyecare LLC, of Fort Worth, Texas; Scarpinato’s Cucina & Catering, of Blackwood, New Jersey; and Courageous Journeys Counseling Services PC, of Yuma, Arizona.
“Each of these merchants received cash advances from Plaintiff in amounts ranging from $10,000 to $100,000, and subsequently ceased making payments to Plaintiff within 90 days of receiving the cash advances -- and after being solicited to enroll in a Defendant’s ‘Debt Restructure Program,’” Forward Financing alleges.
The company continued, “The Defendants promised these merchants that they could erase their debts and otherwise alleviate their financial problems by convincing creditors -- or, in the case of Plaintiff, purchasers of receivables -- to accept a significantly reduced amount as payment in full for their clients’ debts or financial obligations, irrespective of the fact that the Defendants’ actions and the merchants they purportedly advise have no legal basis.”
For their services, the defendant companies receive fees of 25 percent or more of the debts or other obligations placed in their programs, plus a monthly retainer fee and administration fees, according to the Forward Financing complaint.
“As a result of the Defendants’ misconduct, the merchants have received nothing of value -- and Plaintiff has been injured,” the company wrote.
Forward Financing is seeking permanent injunctive relief against the defendants; damages against the companies in excess of $75,000; double or treble damages; attorneys’ fees and costs; and interest award.
Boston law firm Combies Hanson and Miami firm Coffey Burlington PL are representing the plaintiff company.
According to the docket, District Judge Leo T. Sorokin has been assigned to the case.
Protection Legal Group, according to its website, was founded “with the singular goal of helping businesses survive complex financial situations intact.”
Corporate Bailout, on its website, states it works “tirelessly to help companies resolve their fiscal obligations without resorting to extreme measures.”
“Instead of leaving the potential business leaders of tomorrow resigned to options like bankruptcy, we give them hope by identifying clearer paths to effective resolution. By dealing with creditors, suppliers and stakeholders on your behalf, we make it easier to lower your monthly payments and come out of debt stronger than you were when you entered it,” its website states.
Neither Protection Legal Group nor Corporate Bailout could be immediately reached for comment on the lawsuit.
From Legal Newsline: Reach Jessica Karmasek by email at jessica@legalnewsline.com.

Can’t Re-Pay Your MCA? – Then Call Me Today (212) 974-3435



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 We negotiate excellent re-payment plans with the IRS and State. Offers in compromise, audits, bank levies and wage garnishments. Suspended passports, suspended drivers licenses and most other tax matters. Debt settlement, including business financing, merchant funding, lines of credit and factoring.  


Tuesday, December 18, 2018

CPA Sentenced to 8 Months in Prison



Marc Howard Berger was sentenced today to 8 months in prison for aiding and assisting in the filing of false tax returns, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division, United States Attorney Alex G. Tse, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Special Agent in Charge John F. Bennett, and Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI) Special Agent in Charge Tara Sullivan.
On July 18, after a three-week jury trial, Berger was found guilty of willfully assisting in the preparation of three false Forms 1040 for codefendant G. Steven Burrill for the 2011, 2012, and 2013 tax years.  Evidence at trial showed that Berger, 68, of Walnut Creek, California, was a Certified Public Accountant and partner with a regional tax preparation firm, Burr Pilger Mayer.  Berger’s client, Burrill, was the owner and CEO of Burrill & Company, Burrill Capital, and a number of related entities.  Through those entities, Burrill managed venture capital funds, including Burrill Life Sciences Capital Fund III L.P. (the Fund), a $283 million investment fund focused on the life sciences industry.  Between Dec. 2007 and Sept. 2013, Burrill transferred more than $18 million from the Fund to his management companies, a sum in excess of the management fees that were due and allowable under the agreements that governed the Fund.  Berger intentionally prepared and filed false income tax returns for Burrill that failed to report more than $18 million in income, resulting in unpaid taxes of more than $4.7 million.  With Berger’s assistance, Burrill did not pay individual income taxes for the years 2009 through 2013. 
Berger was indicted by a federal grand jury on Sept. 14, 2017.  Berger was charged with three counts of willfully aiding and assisting in the preparation of three false Forms 1040 for Burrill for 2011, 2012, and 2013.
The sentence was handed down by The Honorable Richard Seeborg, U.S. District Court Judge.  Judge Seeborg also sentenced the defendant to one year of supervised release and a $20,000 fine. The defendant will begin serving the sentence on July 8, 2019.
Burrill pleaded guilty on Dec. 7, 2017, to one count of investment-adviser fraud, in violation of 15 U.S.C. §§ 80b-6 & 80b-17, 18 U.S.C. § 2, and 17 C.F.R. § 275.206(4)-8, and one count of filing a false income tax return, in violation of 26 U.S.C. § 7206(1). He was sentenced to 30 months in prison on December 4, 2018.


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Monday, December 17, 2018

Business Debt Settlement including Financing, Merchant Funding, Lines of Credit and Factoring. Selig and Associates. True Tax Help.




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Specializing in civil and criminal tax representation, including unpaid income, sales and payroll taxes. 

Missing tax returns prepared and filed within 48 hours, guaranteed. 

We negotiate excellent re-payment plans with the IRS and State. 

For a free legally privileged consultation in our conveniently located office call (212) 974-3435 or contact us online. 

We can help you with Offers in Compromise, tax audits, liens, levies, wage garnishments, criminal tax investigations, tax crimes, suspended passports, suspended drivers licenses and most other tax matters.  

Do you owe payroll and sales taxes? Ask us about debt settlement options, including business financing, merchant funding, lines of credit and factoring.  

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Store Owner Charged with Possessing More than 8,000 Untaxed Cigars + Money, Money, Money



Defendant Faces up to $20,000 in Penalties after Arrest by NYS Tax Department


The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance today announced the arrest of a Peekskill store owner for allegedly possessing 8,303 untaxed cigars. Abduljabar Aidhah, 35, operates Abuhamzah Deli, Inc., at 501 Highland Avenue. Investigators with the Tax Department’s Criminal Investigations Division found the contraband cigars at the business location and charged Aidhah with one misdemeanor for violating tobacco-related tax laws. He faces up to $20,000 in penalties. “Merchants who evade taxes deprive their communities and all New Yorkers of vital revenue, and put honest businesses at a competitive disadvantage,” said Acting Commissioner Nonie Manion. “We’ll continue to work with all our law enforcement partners to bring tax criminals to justice.” All cigars (and cigarettes) for retail sale in New York State must be purchased by a licensed distributor, and retail dealers must be in possession of purchase invoices showing that the taxes on these tobacco products have been paid. A criminal complaint is only an accusation; the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty. The case will be prosecuted by the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office. Seriously Abduljabar, you’d better call Selig & Associates

Selig & Associates:  Specializing in civil and criminal tax representation, including unpaid income, sales and payroll taxes. Missing tax returns prepared and filed within 48 hours, guaranteed. We negotiate excellent re-payment plans with the IRS and State. For a free legally privileged consultation in our conveniently located office, call (212) 974-3435 or contact us online. We can help you with Offers in Compromise, tax audits, liens, levies, wage garnishments, criminal tax investigations, tax crimes, suspended passports, suspended drivers licenses and most other tax matters. 


What Exactly is a Merchant Cash Advance? (MCA) A MCA allows business-owners to obtain funding by leveraging their future credit card sales. Typically, only businesses that accept credit and debit cards may obtain a MCA because a small, fixed percentage of the merchant’s future debit or credit card sales are used to repay the funds. 
How does an MCA work? When you apply for a MCA the company reviews your recent debit and credit card processing to determine how much money you’re entitled to. It usually takes between 24 and 72 hours to receive the capitol and you can use the money for any business expense, e.g. pay sales taxes, expand, buy more inventory, buy out a partner, etc. And as mentioned above, you’ll repay these funds through a small, fixed percentage of your future debit or credit card sales. Since the repayment is a fixed percentage, the amount you repay is manageable. Meaning, if you have a big day, you’ll pay back more. If the store is slow, you’ll pay less. This method means you’ll always have enough money to cover your expenses. For more information, call David Selig at (212) 974-3435

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Truck Driver Sentenced to Prison for Failing to File Tax Returns


He should have hired Selig & Associates


The owner of a trucking business was sentenced in federal court to 33 months in prison for wire fraud and willfully failing to file a tax return, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division, and Matthew J. Schneider, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District.
According to court documents, Arshawn Kenard Hall, operated a truck hauling business called RAMA Enterprise Inc. (RAMA). An automobile company hired Hall to transport plastic crates filled with automobile parts.  After transporting the parts, Hall was required to return the empty crates to a facility in Detroit. Instead, Hall took the plastic crates and sold them to a plastic recycling company for approximately $460,000.  The value of the stolen plastic crates to their owner was approximately $2,921,000.
Hall also willfully failed to file a 2012 federal income tax return on behalf of RAMA and failed to pay the taxes due.  The tax loss associated with Hall’s conduct is $142,069.
In addition to the term of imprisonment, U.S. Court Judge Terrence G. Berg ordered Hall to serve three years of supervised release, to pay restitution of $2,919,265 to the automobile company and $142,069 to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).  Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Zuckerman and U.S. Attorney Schneider commended special agents of IRS Criminal Investigation, who conducted the investigation, and Tax Division Trial Attorneys Abigail Burger Chingos and Kenneth C. Vert and Assistant U.S. Attorney Adriana Dydell, who prosecuted the case. 
Aggressive New York City Tax Advocates We Solve IRS and New York State Tax Problems, Guaranteed. Specializing in Income, Payroll and Sales Tax Issues. IRS Audits, Sales Tax Audits, Unpaid Payroll Taxes, Trust Fund Penalties, Criminal Tax Investigations and Tax Crimes, Installment Agreements and Payment Plans, Offers in Compromise and most other Tax Matters. For a Legally Privileged Consultation with a Federal Tax Practitioner and Licensed Attorney Call (212) 974-3435 or Contact Us Online. 
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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Money Money Money



In a nutshell, a Merchant Cash Advance is financing based upon your businesses future credit card receivables. Merchant financing is repaid on a daily basis as a percentage of your credit card sales. Accordingly, if your credit card sales are high, your advance is repaid quickly. Conversely, if your credit card sales are low, your repayment is low. Use the money to:

  • Buy Inventory 
  • Pay Sales Taxes
  • Buy Equipment 
  • Advertising 
  • Short-term capital
  • And much, much more. 

Easy Financing
Borrow up to 250% of your monthly credit card sales volume in one lump sum. Use the money to pay your taxes or buy inventory. 
Fast Approval
Apply online or over the phone in minutes, get approved in 24 hours and receive funds one day later.
Flexible Re-Payment Schedule
Payments are based on a percentage of daily credit card sales. Easy-peasy.  

Getting Started

To get started, you’ll need to provide us with four things:

  1. A copy of your Government-issued photo ID
  2. A voided check from your business checking account
  3. The last four statements from your business bank account
  4. The last four credit card-processing statements

For more information, call David Selig at (212) 974-3435

Man Sentenced to Prison for Filing False Retaliatory Lien & Making a False Tax Refund Claim (torn from the pages of the Tax Protestor’s Playbook)



Falsely Claimed Federal Judge, Prosecutor, IRS Employees and Others Owed Him Millions 

A man was sentenced to 30 months in prison for filing a fraudulent multi-million dollar lien against a government employee and filing a false claim for a tax refund, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division. 
According to court documents, Brian Leo Snow failed to pay his federal tax liabilities for the years 2000 - 2008 and then became the subject of collection activity by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). After being held in contempt of court for failing to provide documents and records to the IRS, Snow filed false retaliatory liens claiming that various government officials, including an IRS revenue officer, an Assistant United States Attorney, a United States District Court Judge, and the Clerk of Court for the Eastern District, owed him millions of dollars. Each of these government officials had been involved in attempts to collect Snow’s back taxes.  Snow also filed three false claims with the IRS claiming over $144 million in tax refunds to which he was not entitled.  Snow owes the IRS over $150,000 in taxes for tax years 2000-2008 and 2014-2015.
In addition to the term of imprisonment imposed, Snow was ordered to serve three years of supervised release and pay $154,025 in restitution to the IRS. 
Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Zuckerman commended special agents of the offices of the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration and IRS Criminal Investigation, who conducted the investigation, and Tax Division Senior Litigation Counsel Jen E. Ihlo, who prosecuted the case.

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Nutritional Supplement Marketer Pleads Guilty to Tax Crime (he should have hired Selig & Associates)



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A man pled guilty to one count of attempting to evade the payment of income taxes announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney Jason R. Dunn.
According to the plea agreement and other court documents, Craig Walcott operated a multi-level nutritional supplement marketing business and owned and leased residential real estate, while residing in Monument, Colorado.  In April 2010, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) notified Walcott of an assessment of taxes and penalties for the 2005, 2006 and 2007 tax years of more than $450,000.  After receiving this notice, Walcott took a series of steps to evade the payment of his tax liability.  These steps included transferring properties to nominee entities, encumbering other properties with fictitious mortgages to conceal their equity, and filing false tax returns understating his income.  Walcott also did not file income tax returns for the years 2012, 2013 and 2014. As a result of his conduct, Walcott owes $628,733.00, which he has agreed to pay the IRS in restitution.
Sentencing is scheduled for February 25, 2019.  Walcott faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison.  He also faces a term of supervised release, restitution, and monetary penalties.
Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Zuckerman and U.S. Attorney Dunn commended special agents of IRS Criminal Investigation, who conducted the investigation, and Tax Division Assistant Chief Andrew Kameros and Trial Attorney Lee Langston, who are prosecuting the case.

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IRS Liens, Levies and Wage Garnishments. 
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Tax Preparer Sentenced To 2 Years In Prison For Fraudulent Scheme To Steal Over $1 Million From His Clients

Selig & Associates Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that TOM SHIN wa...