Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Doctor Sentenced to Prison for Tax Evasion and Disability Fraud (NOT SMART)



He Evaded Paying Taxes on Over $1.6 Million in Income While Claiming to be DisabledA South Florida doctor residing in Hobe Sound, Florida, was sentenced to 51 months in prison yesterday for tax evasion, wire fraud, and Social Security disability fraud, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney Ariana Fajardo Orshan for the Southern District of Florida.According to court documents and information provided to the court, Arthur John Kranz was a doctor specializing in psychiatry. Beginning in 2002, Kranz made a claim on his private disability policy that he was unable to work, and began receiving disability payments from his insurance company. In December 2003, Kranz submitted an application to the Social Security Administration (SSA) for disability benefits The SSA approved his application. Kranz then began receiving SSA disability payments, in addition to the private disability insurance payments. Because of the disability payments, Kranz was required to notify his insurance company and the SSA if he returned to work. From January 2006 to March 2013, Kranz worked as a psychiatrist at a hospital in Pennsylvania and earned over $1.6 million in income. Kranz did not report his employment to either the SSA or his insurance company. Rather, in order to continue collecting disability benefits, Kranz took steps to conceal his income from the insurance company, the SSA, and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). He directed that his income be paid to nominee individuals and sham corporations he had created to receive his payments. Kranz also filed false personal tax returns that did not report the income from his work as a psychiatrist, and provided fraudulent documentation to his insurance company that falsely stated that he was not working. In addition to the term of imprisonment imposed, Kranz was order to serve three years of supervised release and pay restitution of $1,013,284.

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Sunday, April 28, 2019

The Smartest Guys in the Room – TRUE TAX HELP is just a telephone call away





Tax Tip of the Day IRC Section 6707(a) imposes a penalty for failing to include on any return or statement any information about a reportable transaction that is required to be included with the return or statement. Reportable transactions are ones that the IRS has determined have a potential for tax avoidance or evasion. Sec. 6707(a) also prescribes a heightened penalty for listed transactions, which are reportable transactions that are the same as, or substantially similar to, certain transactions the IRS has identified as tax avoidance transactions. Moreover, Sec. 6707A(e) imposes a penalty for failure to disclose in required periodic reports to the SEC any penalty under Sec. 6707(a) a person is required to pay for a listed transaction; any penalty a person is required to pay under Sec. 6662(a) viz. accuracy-related penalty on understatement of tax  for a reportable transaction; and any penalty under Sec. 6662(h) (increase in accuracy-related penalty in case of gross-valuation misstatements) for a reportable transaction.

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Friday, April 26, 2019

Are You Unhappy With Your Tax Attorney & Accountant? (Get a 2nd Opinion Today)



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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Keeping it REAL - IRS Notices and Bills, Penalties & Interest Charges - Visit our WEBSITE


Generally, April 15 is the deadline for most people to file their individual income tax returns and pay any tax owed. During its processing, the IRS checks your tax return for mathematical accuracy. When processing is complete, if you owe any tax, penalty, or interest, you will receive a bill.
  • Generally, interest accrues on any unpaid tax from the due date of the return until the date of payment in full. The interest rate is determined quarterly and is the federal short-term rate plus 3 percent. Interest compounds daily. Visit Newsroom Search for the current quarterly interest rate on underpayments.
  • In addition, if you file a return but don't pay all tax owed on time, you'll generally have to pay a late payment penalty. The failure-to-pay penalty is one-half of one percent for each month, or part of a month, up to a maximum of 25%, of the amount of tax that remains unpaid from the due date of the return until the tax is paid in full. The one-half of one percent rate increases to one percent if the tax remains unpaid 10 days after the IRS issues a notice of intent to levy property. If you file your return by its due date and request an installment agreement, the one-half of one percent rate decreases to one-quarter of one percent for any month in which an installment agreement is in effect. Be aware that the IRS applies payments to the tax first, then any penalty, then to interest. Any penalty amount that appears on your bill is generally the total amount of the penalty up to the date of the notice, not the penalty amount charged each month. See Topic No. 202 for information about payment options.
  • If you owe tax and don't file on time, there's also a penalty for not filing on time. The failure-to-file penalty is usually five percent of the tax owed for each month, or part of a month that your return is late, up to a maximum of 25%. If your return is over 60 days late, there's also a minimum penalty for late filing; it's the lesser of $210 (for tax returns required to be filed in 2019) or 100 percent of the tax owed. See Topic No. 304 for information about extensions to file, if you can't file on time.
You must file your return and pay your tax by the due date to avoid interest and penalty charges. Often, you can borrow the funds necessary to pay your tax at a lower effective rate than the combined IRS interest and penalty rate.
Electronic payment options, available on the Payments page, are the most convenient ways for you to pay your federal taxes. However, if you decide to pay by mail, be sure to return the tear-off stub on your bill and use our return envelope, if provided. To make sure your payment credits properly to your account, please:
  • Make your check or money order payable to the United States Treasury
  • Enter the primary social security number or employer identification number
  • Enter the tax year and form number
  • Ensure your name, address, and telephone number are on the payment
  • Don't send cash
For more information about ensuring proper credit of payments, see Topic No. 158.
The IRS may abate your penalties for filing and paying late if you can show reasonable cause and that the failure wasn't due to willful neglect. Making a good faith payment as soon as you can may help to establish that your initial failure to pay timely was due to reasonable cause and not willful neglect. If you're billed for penalty charges and you have reasonable cause for abatement of the penalty, send your explanation along with the bill to your service center, or call us at 800-829-1040 for assistance. The IRS doesn't generally abate interest charges and they continue to accrue until all assessed tax, penalties, and interest are fully paid.
There are some exceptions to the general deadlines for filing a return and paying tax, such as:
  • If you're a member of the Armed Forces and are serving in a combat zone or contingency operation. Refer to Publication 3Armed Forces' Tax Guide for additional information and qualifications.
  • If you're a citizen or resident alien working abroad. Refer to Publication 54Tax Guide for U.S. Citizens and Resident Aliens Abroad for details.
  • If you were a victim in certain disaster situations. In those situations, the IRS has the authority to extend filing and payment deadlines. Search keyword "disaster" on IRS.gov for more information.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

District Attorney Hoovler Announces Felony Charges Against Tax Preparer



Bronx Tax Preparer Created False Tax Returns for Orange County ResidentsWithout their Knowledge  Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler announced today that on Thursday, April 11, 2019, Michael G. Magnaldi, 54, of Pelham, a paid tax preparer, and the owner of MGM Tax Solutions, located at 1978 Williamsburg Road, Bronx, New York, was arrested and charged with multiple felonies related to the filing of eight sets false tax returns for Orange County residents. Magnaldi was arraigned before Town of New Windsor Justice Noreen Calderin on felony charges of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, Criminal Tax Fraud in the Fourth Degree, and eight counts of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree.  Felony complaints filed in the action allege that in 2016, and 2017, Magnaldi created New York State Personal Income Tax Returns containing false information for a number of Orange County residents who were clients of his tax preparation business.  The false information, which is alleged to have been placed on the returns without the knowledge of the clients, made it appear that Magnaldi’s clients were entitled to greater tax refunds than they should have received.  As a result, $6,091 in refunds were improperly sent to these clients.  Under New York State law, paid tax preparers must register with the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, sign the returns they prepare and file them electronically. It is alleged that Magnaldi had his clients mail the fraudulent tax returns directly to the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance and failed to indicate on the tax returns that he prepared them as required. The charges were the result of an investigation conducted by the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance’s Criminal Investigations Unit. Magnaldi was arrested on April 11, 2019, by Criminal Investigators of the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance’s Criminal Investigations Division.  Magnaldi is next scheduled to appear in court on June 13, 2019.  

The case is being prosecuted by Chief Assistant District Attorney Christopher Borek.
District Attorney Hoovler thanked the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance for their investigation and referral of the case.
“No one likes to pay taxes, but those who go to professional tax preparers have the right to know that their tax returns are being prepared properly and without fraud,” said District Attorney Hoovler.  “My office is prepared to prosecute anyone who uses unsuspecting Orange County residents to engage in fraud, regardless of where they live or work.  This case is only one example of the close working relationship which my office has developed with the Criminal Investigations Division of the New York State Tax Department.  I am grateful that this close coordination has resulted in Orange County regularly having among the largest returns on investment of any county in New York State under the Crimes Against Revenue Program [CARP] Program.”
“We’ll continue to crackdown on criminal ‘ghost preparers’—those paid preparers who fail to sign their clients’ returns, register, e-file, or comply with other requirements intended to protect taxpayers from unethical tax preparers,” said John Harford, who leads the NYS Tax Department’s Criminal Investigations Division. “I commend our fantastic investigators and auditors and thank the Orange County District Attorney for prosecuting this case.”
A criminal charge is merely an allegation that a defendant has committed a violation of the criminal law, and it is not evidence of guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial, during which it will be the State’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.


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Court Holds Tax Return Preparer in Contempt of Court for Violating Injunction Order


Dieasha Davis ordered to pay over $24,000 in costs and disgorge all fees she earned since entry of an injunction barring her from preparing federal tax returns  ("Oh Snap!" ) On Friday, a federal court found Dieasha Davis in civil contempt of a permanent injunction barring her from operating a tax return preparation business and preparing federal tax returns for others, the Justice Department announced. 

In the contempt order, Judge Denise Page Hood found that Davis continued to prepare federal income tax returns and profited from preparing tax returns in violation of the court’s injunction, which had been entered against her and the business on September 25, 2017. Davis and the business agreed to the 2017 civil injunction order.
In February, 2019, following an investigation of Davis’ activities, the United States presented to the district court what the court on Friday found was clear and convincing evidence that Davis had violated the injunction. The court entered an order requiring Davis to file a written response to show cause why she should not be held in civil contempt. Davis did not file any response.
Based on the evidence submitted by the United States, the court also found that tax returns Davis prepared in violation of the injunction contained false and fraudulent information after entry of the injunction.
In addition, the court ordered Davis to pay to the United States $24,671 for attorney fees and costs incurred in detecting Davis’ non-compliance and bringing her violations of the injunction to the court’s attention.


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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Tax Return Preparer Pleads Guilty to Aiding in the Preparation of False Tax Returns



A tax return preparer pled guilty to aiding and assisting in the preparation of false tax returns and filing a false personal tax return, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney Thomas T. Cullen.
According to court documents, Saint Julien Pierre owned and operated a tax return preparation business, JP Tax Services LLC,. Pierre aided and assisted in the preparation of 2013 and 2014 tax returns that falsely claimed energy-related credits and illegitimate itemized deductions, in order to fraudulently increase his clients’ refunds. Pierre also filed a false 2013 tax return for himself, on which he fraudulently reported that he was entitled to the same fuel tax credit he falsely claimed on his clients’ returns.
Pierre faces a statutory maximum sentence of three years in prison for each count of preparing false tax returns and three years in prison for the false tax return count. He also faces a period of supervised release, restitution, and monetary penalties. 
Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Zuckerman and U.S. Attorney Cullen thanked special agents of IRS-Criminal Investigation, who conducted the investigation, and Tax Division Trial Attorneys Lauren A. Archer and Kevin Schneider and Assistant United States Attorney Charlene R. Day, who are prosecuting the case.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Attorney Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion – He should have hired SELIG & Associates



He Prepared Tax Returns for Clients and Omitted Over $1.5 Million in Income on His Own Tax Returns  A former attorney, who also prepared tax returns for clients, pleaded guilty to tax evasion, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman and Josh J. Minkler, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District.
Scott C. Cole, 54, pleaded guilty to one count of tax evasion for his multi-year effort to evade the payment of taxes and penalties on income he failed to report on his 2002 tax return.
According to the Superseding Indictment and court filings, Cole was an attorney and preparer of tax returns. As the result of Internal Revenue Service (IRS) audits of Cole’s 2001 and 2002 tax returns, the Tax Court and the United States Court of Appeals determined that Cole owed over $1,000,000 in taxes and penalties, stemming from Cole’s fraudulent omission of over $1.5 million of income from his individual tax returns for those years.  From 2011 through 2017, when the IRS sought to collect those taxes, Cole took various steps to evade payment of his tax debt. His efforts included opening bank accounts in the names of nominees, such as family members, directing payment for legal and tax preparation services performed by him be made payable to nominee companies he controlled, paying personal bills from bank accounts maintained in the names of nominees, and dealing extensively in cash and money orders. Cole also prepared tax returns for clients that omitted his name as the paid preparer of those tax returns, a violation of the Internal Revenue Code and related regulations.  Because of Cole’s acts of evasion, the IRS collected less than $3,000 of the total tax debt Cole owed for the 2001 and 2002 tax years.
Cole resigned from the bar following the filing of a complaint by the Disciplinary Commission in 2014, which charged Cole with the filing of fraudulent tax returns with the IRS and the State for the 2001 and 2002 tax years.
U.S. District Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson, who presided over Cole’s guilty plea yesterday, is expected to schedule Cole’s sentencing for late summer 2019.
Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Zuckerman and U.S. Attorney Minkler commended special agents of IRS-Criminal Investigation, who investigated the case, the IRS Revenue Agents, who conducted the underlying audits, and the prosecutors on the case, Assistant United States Attorney James M. Warden from the Southern District and Assistant Chief Stanley J. Okula, Jr. of the Tax Division.



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Sunday, April 7, 2019

Don’t be Victimized by Scam Tactics this Filing Season



Stay vigilant to thwart identity thieves and fraudsters

The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance today urged taxpayers to remain vigilant and guard against scams during the tax filing season. Strategies used by scammers to steal private information can be as simple as a phone call or as sophisticated as a phishing campaign to install malware on victims’ home computers.

“It’s a nonstop battle to identify and prevent fraud by identity thieves and scam artists,” said New York State Taxpayer Rights Advocate Margaret Neri. “The Tax Department is constantly updating its award-winning analytics to keep pace with these criminals, but it’s also critical for taxpayers to be alert to common scam tactics and protect themselves.” 

Telltale signs of a scam

Threatening calls: Scam artists who use this tactic try to bully or trick victims into disclosing private information, or convince them to wire money to pay a tax debt or fine. If a caller, perhaps posing as a New York State Tax Department or IRS agent, threatens arrest it’s a scam. Neither agency threatens taxpayers, and they notify taxpayers by letter first before making any calls or sending any emails.

Unusual emails: Phishing emails often contain links that activate malware or lead to phony websites that request personal information. Misspellings or unfamiliar logos in the email or subject line are obvious clues that it’s a scam attempt, but some of the bogus emails and websites are convincing. Hovering over the links may reveal an unusual webpage address (URL) that confirms the sender’s true intent. To be safe, simply delete these emails and any that are unsolicited, and never click the links within them.Remember, the Tax Department never requests personal or financial information by email.

Offers to collect a tax payment in person: If a caller claiming to be from the Tax Department or IRS offers to meet you at a specified location to collect a payment, it’s a scam. This is never an option with the IRS or Tax Department. End the call immediately.

Requests for a specific type of payment: If you’re being told to pay through a prepaid debit card or an iTunes gift card, this is an obvious sign of a scam. The Tax Department and IRS provide various payment options, but the use of gift cards isn’t one of them.

Report it If you are a victim, or believe you may be a potential victim of tax-related identity theft, alert us immediately. We will track your information to help keep it private and protected. Visit the Tax Department’s Report fraud, scams, and identity theft webpage.

For more information call SELIG & Associates (212) 974-3435

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Medical Madness.  Dr. Gregory B. Shankman (Utica office) billed for giving workers-compensation exams on fully 150 days he was travel...