Tax Fraud

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Trial of Art Dealer Accused of Tax Fraud and Money Laundering by French Tax Authorities Ends With Judgement of Acquittal

On 12 January, the Paris Criminal Court acquitted Guy Wildenstein, who was facing the possibility of two years in prison and a €250 million fine, and other members of his family as well as their trustees and advisors who were...more

Can a PA Employer be Liable to its Employees for a Data Breach?

It’s a nightmare scenario for any employer: you’ve been hacked. Thousands of your employees’ names, birthdates, Social Security numbers, and bank account information have been stolen. This information is used to file...more

2016 – A Bad Year For Bad Guys in Energy

Let’s look back at a cavalcade of crooks, criminals and miscreants who met up with justice in 2016. We do it to be reminded of the others who will be lurking in the 2017 shadows....more

2016 was the Year of the Data Breach

Although every year we lament about the significance of data breaches in the past year, 2016 was by far the worst. Data breaches were rampant, victimizing every industry and numbing consumers in the process. It was so bad...more

The High Cost of Being Noncompliant with the Internal Revenue Code

The IRS currently offers the following five programs for noncompliant taxpayers: (i) the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP), (ii) Streamlined Domestic Offshore Procedures, (iii) Streamlined Foreign Offshore...more

"Cross-Border Investigations Update - December 2016"

This issue of Skadden’s semiannual Cross-Border Investigations Update looks at Brexit’s impact on corporate crime and investigations, the U.S. DOJ’s increased use of forfeiture actions with international implications, current...more

Privacy Tip #66 - False IRS Phone Scams Defraud Victims of More than $50 Million

We have previously warned consumers about IRS phone scams that defraud consumers. Basically, the fraudsters call unsuspecting victims over the telephone impersonating an IRS official, and intimidate the recipient of the...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

Blackstone is spinning off a new housing maintenance and rental venture in the form of Invitation Homes LP, which could see an IPO as early as January 2017. Invitation Homes is the culmination of a four-year, $10 billion...more

The Re-emergence of Art Market Tax Investigations and the Domestic Freeport as a Tax Safe Haven

On May 12, 2006, Manhattan District Attorney (DA) Robert M. Morgenthau announced that L. Dennis Kozlowski, former CEO of Tyco International, would pay US$3.2 million to settle charges of avoiding sales tax on 12 paintings he...more

IRS Data Breach Class Action Dismissed

Last week, the Internal Revenue Service successfully defeated a putative class action related to a data breach it suffered in 2015. The D.C. District Court’s decision dismissing the suit demonstrates the high bar required to...more

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

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

Transferee Liability: The [Unlikely] Situation that your Nonprofit Receives a Charitable Gift with Expensive Tax Strings Attached

The case of Salus Mundi Foundation et al v. Commissioner - On August 15, 2016, the Tax Court decided in Salus Mundi Foundation et al v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo. 2016-154, that two foundations were liable as transferees...more

Former Tax Court Judge Kroupa Is Back in the News

As reported in my April 2016 blog post, former U.S. Tax Court judge Diane Kroupa and her husband, Robert E. Fackler, were indicted on charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States, tax evasion, making and subscribing a...more

September 2016 Special Immigration Alert

I. DOS Announces 2018 Diversity Lottery - The U.S. Department of State (“DOS”) just released its instructions for the DV-2018 Diversity Visa (DV-2018) lottery. The registration period begins on Tuesday, October 4,...more

Former IRS Employee Reports to Prison for Identity Theft and Fraud

Nakeisha Hall was sentenced in federal district court in August to serve nine years and two months in prison after she plead guilty for crimes she committed while working for the IRS Taxpayer Advocate Service. Instead of...more

Privacy Tip #51 – Check Up on Your Tax Preparer’s Data Security Measures

We have written before about the ability of hackers to file false tax returns to get fraudulent refunds by using the IRS website, and how hundreds of thousands of Americans have become victims of tax fraud. The IRS...more

Tax Court Broadens the Definition of “Collected Proceeds” – Result: Seventeen Million Dollar Award for Tax Fraud Whistleblowers

The nation’s top tax court recently broadened the definition of “collected proceeds” to include payments of criminal fines and civil forfeitures, which could result in increased awards for tax fraud whistleblowers. This...more

Tennessee Legislator Convicted of Tax Fraud

On August 8, 2016, Tennessee State Rep. Joseph Armstrong (D-Tenn.) was convicted by a federal district court jury of filing a false federal income tax return, and acquitted of tax evasion and conspiracy. Armstrong’s...more

IRS shuts down electronic filing PIN program

Last week, the IRS announced that the electronic filing personal identification number tool (e-file PIN), used by taxpayers to verify their signature on their tax filings, “is no longer available.”...more

Court Holds Drafting Contracts Violates Sarbanes-Oxley

Section 802 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act added the following provision to 18 U.S.C. § 1519: “Sec. 1519. Destruction, alteration, or falsification of records in Federal investigations and bankruptcy - Whoever knowingly...more

Whose Fraud Extends the Statute of Limitations on Assessment?

The IRS generally has 3 years to assess additional tax after a return is filed. Code Section 6501(a).However, an important exception is Code Section 6501(c)(1). Under that provision, if there is fraud in regard to the...more

Privacy Tip #39 – Be Wary of IRS Phone Scams

Although the IRS has warned taxpayers on multiple occasions about IRS phone scams, consumers continue to be victims. A lucrative scam for years, which according to the IRS, has cost victims more than $26 million since 2013,...more

Government report critiques the IRS’ handling of 2015 data breach

According to a government report publicly released last week, the IRS failed to adequately respond to a May 2015 cyber-attack on its “Get Transcript” application that potentially compromised at least 621,000 taxpayer...more

Reversal of Countrywide Fraud Verdict a Reminder of Government’s Heavy Burden of Proof

On May 23, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reversed a jury’s finding of civil fraud against Countrywide Home Loans and other lenders, finding that the government had failed to prove fraud in...more

Milwaukee Bucks become latest victim to w-2 phishing scheme

We have been repeatedly warning our clients and readers about the massive and successful W-2 phishing schemes where hackers impersonate the CEO or CFO and send emails to payroll and/or HR folks in companies requesting W-2...more

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