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Tax Evasion Criminal Prosecution

Second Circuit Demonstrates the Difficulties in Withdrawing a Guilty Plea and Challenging a Below-Guidelines Sentence

In United States v. Rivernider, 13-4865, the Court (Livingston, J., Lynch, J. and Rakoff, D.J., sitting by designation) affirmed the judgment entered by the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut...more

Out of Compliance Taxpayers: Beware of new IRS-Programs!

by Foodman CPAs & Advisors on

The IRS-Criminal Investigation Unit (IRS-CI) is the Criminal Law Enforcement Arm of the IRS. Its conviction rate of over 90% is one of the highest in federal law enforcement. Those convicted pay taxes, penalties and...more

Will Supreme Court Narrow The Broadest Tax Crime?

by McGuireWoods LLP on

In the October 2017 term, the Supreme Court will take up its first criminal tax case in almost a decade, Marinello v. United States. At issue is a longstanding circuit split about a mainstay of the federal government’s...more

Tax Return Preparer Sentenced to 27 Months for Tax Evasion

by Moskowitz LLP on

Tax evasion carries severe penalties, even in cases in which no one else has been defrauded. The facts - From 2005 through 2011, Semere Tsehaye owned more than 20 Instant Tax Service (ITS) franchises in Illinois, Kansas...more

IRS and States Crack Down on POS Systems: Zapper Software

by Bowditch & Dewey on

A good point of sale (“POS”) system is critical for any business engaged in sales to the public and having one in place goes a long way to ensuring that revenue and profits are being reported properly to federal, state and...more

Connecticut Announces Arrest Of Restaurant Owner For Using “Zapper” Tax Suppression Software

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Connecticut’s Department of Revenue Services (DRS) has arrested and charged a New Haven restauranteur with various offenses for using sales tax suppression software. According to a press release announcing the charges, this...more

No Rest For The Weary: Offshore Tax Evasion Crackdown Continues With Flurry Of Mid-Summer Activity

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Dashing any thought that they were taking a hiatus from investigating and prosecuting taxpayers with secret offshore bank accounts and the bankers that helped them, the Justice Department and Internal Revenue Service have...more

Anti-Corruption Digest - July 2017

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Welcome to Dorsey & Whitney’s monthly Anti-Corruption Digest. The Digest puts material regarding anti-corruption enforcement from around the world at your fingertips, keeping you ahead of critical events that impact global...more

The Complete Saga of Former U.S. Tax Court Judge Diane L. Kroupa is Now Finally Concluded

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

As reported in my April 7, 2016, October 3, 2016 and October 27, 2016 blog posts, former U.S. Tax Court Judge Diane L. Kroupa and her then husband, Robert E. Fackler, were indicted on charges of tax fraud. Specifically, they...more

Jimmy Chen Seminar Attendees and Clients at Risk of Being Investigated for Tax Evasion

by Moskowitz LLP on

This past summer, Jimmy J. Chen, accountant and promoter of private charitable foundations, was charged with six felony counts of tax evasion. From 2009 through 2011, Mr. Chen apparently used his tax-exempt ChenSung Family...more

As Tax Day Approaches, Justice Department and IRS Turn Up Heat on Potential Tax Cheats

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

With less than two weeks until the April 18 deadline for filing individual federal income tax returns, the Justice Department and Internal Revenue Service are issuing stern warnings to potential tax cheats. Today the U.S....more

The Saga Ends With Ex-Tax Court Judge Pleading Guilty to Cheating on Her Taxes

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

As previously reported, former U.S. Tax Court judge Diane L. Kroupa and her now estranged husband, Robert E. Fackler, were indicted on charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States, tax evasion, making and subscribing a...more

Failure to Maintain Business Records Can Lead to Prosecution

by Sanford Millar on

A recent appellate court case out of New York (U.S. vs. Marinello) affirmed the conviction for tax evasion of a taxpayer for failing to maintain business records and timely file income tax returns. The facts of the case are...more

Sonhos Interrompidos - Como uma não conformidade tributária pode destruir o Sonho Americano de imigrantes não registrados - Parte...

by Gerald Nowotny on

Panorama - As eleições presidenciais dos EUA entraram em uma fase de disputa com os partidos Republicano e Democrata realizando suas convenções nas próximas duas semanas para escolher Donald Trump e Hillary Clinton como...more

Broken Dreams - How Tax Non-Compliance Can Destroy the American Dream of Undocumented Immigrants - Part 1

by Gerald Nowotny on

Overview - The U.S. Presidential Elections have shifted into overdrive with both the Republican and Democratic holding their conventions over the next two weeks to select Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton as their...more

Corporate Investigations and White Collar Defense - July 2016

“Official Acts”—What They Are… and Are Not - Why it matters: On June 27, 2016, the Supreme Court decided McDonnell v. U.S., holding that, for purposes of the federal public corruption statutes, an “official act”...more

Blog: A new UK corporate criminal offence: failure to prevent the facilitation of tax evasion

by Cooley LLP on

The UK’s tax authority, Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC), has just closed its consultation on a new corporate criminal offence: failure to take reasonable steps to prevent tax evasion....more

New Frontier for Bank Secrecy Act Prosecutions: Trade-Based Money Laundering

Since the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, U.S. law enforcement and financial regulatory agencies have focused on disrupting the use of the financial system by terrorist groups, criminal organizations and tax evaders to...more

¡Primera Convicción de FATCA!

by Foodman CPAs & Advisors on

El 9 de Mayo del 2016, el Departamento de Justicia (DOJ) anunció su primera convicción usando FATCA. Parece ser el principio de procesos penales por el DOJ contra violaciones aparentes o presuntas de los requisitos de...more

Today’s Panama Papers Release May Require Immediate Action to Mitigate Risk of Criminal Prosecution

by Blank Rome LLP on

Action Item: Today at 2:00 p.m. (EDT), a massive database of information from the leaked “Panama Papers” files will be made public for the first time, identifying the real owners behind over 200,000 offshore companies set up...more

California Steps Up Criminal Tax Enforcement

by Sanford Millar on

California has a multi-agency task force known as the Revenue Recovery and Enforcement Team that was established to attack criminal tax evasion. The stated goals of the team are: (a) According to the State Board of...more

With April 18 Just Days Away, DOJ’s Tax Division Warns Would-Be Tax Cheats

by Blank Rome LLP on

With “Tax Day” fast approaching, the Justice Department’s Tax Division has issued a stern warning of its own to taxpayers thinking of cheating on their taxes. In a press release entitled “Justice Department Reminds Taxpayers...more

As Tax Day Approaches, Justice Department and IRS Increase Intensity of Public Warnings

by Blank Rome LLP on

It is well-known that the Justice Department and Internal Revenue Service increase the frequency and intensity of their press releases announcing tax charges as “Tax Day” approaches (which is April 18 this year), so as to...more

Cash for Scalps: Governor Cuomo Announces New Round of Grants for Tax Prosecutions

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

Last week, Governor Cuomo announced the latest round of grants to district attorneys’ offices in 29 New York State counties under the Crimes Against Revenue Program (also known as “CARP”). The program provides substantial...more

Cross-Border Investigations Update - November 2015

This issue of Skadden’s semiannual Cross-Border Investigations Update takes a close look at recent cases and enforcement trends, including developments in U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement; the introduction of...more

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