Tax Fraud

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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

Sprint FCA Case Denied Certiorari by U.S. Supreme Court

On May 31, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court denied certiorari in a challenge by Sprint Nextel Corp. (“Sprint”) to a False Claims Act (“FCA”) lawsuit by New York state against it for sales taxes not collected and remitted on...more

Firm Client Found Not Guilty of Tax Fraud After Month-Long Trial

On April 12, after four weeks of trial and one week of deliberations, a federal jury in the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas returned a verdict of not guilty for a firm client accused of engaging in a conspiracy...more

The Panama Papers: Are You at Risk?

The recent document breach of unprecedented size (2.6 terabytes) from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca—known as “The Panama Papers”—poses various significant risks to corporations, private organizations, individual...more

Panama Papers: Prosecutors Launch Investigations

When a scandal hits the media like the Panama Papers leak of 11.5 million confidential legal records, we all know what to expect. Criminal investigations, regulatory responses, and of course, congressional hearings of some...more

Georgia couple prosecuted for filing fraudulent tax records

The filing of fraudulent tax returns continues to be a serious problem in this country. Last year alone, the IRS has admitted that up to 720,000 taxpayers were victims. Last week, a Georgia couple pled guilty to filing...more

Sprint Communications Inc. Asks the U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Bundling Issue

On February 18, 2016, Sprint Communications Inc. filed a petition for a writ of certiorari asking the United States Supreme Court to review the New York Court of Appeals’ denial of Sprint’s attempt to dismiss the...more

Tax Day Brings Barrage of Criminal Tax Charges and Warnings

With “Tax Day” upon us, the Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney’s Offices around the country have unleashed an avalanche of press releases warning would-be tax cheats of the severe criminal and civil...more

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

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

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

Phishing Season Opens for 2016 Tax Filings – Beware of “W-2 Phishing Scams”

Tax season brings many headaches, but none as miserable as sophisticated scammer efforts to steal employee W-2 information. Using social engineering and modest technological tools, a “spear phishing” attack seeks to trick...more

Tidewater Community College hit with phishing scam exposing data of 3,193 employees

Tidewater Community College (Tidewater) has announced that the personal information, including names and Social Security numbers of 3,193 current and former faculty and staff members was compromised in a phishing scheme and...more

Privacy Tip #28 – What do you do if you are a victim of IRS tax fraud?

It’s tax season. The dreaded April 15 federal tax filing deadline is looming. You try to be diligent, and you file your tax return early, hoping to get an early refund. But when you try to e-file your return, it gets rejected...more

No April Fool's Joke: New Scam Targeting HR And Payroll

An unfortunate number of employers have recently fallen victim to a phishing scam that tricks them into disclosing highly sensitive employee information to unknown third parties. Make sure to warn your Human Resources and...more

How Employers Can Help Prevent W-2's From Being Breached and Their Employees From Becoming Victims of ID Theft

The Internal Revenue Service issued an alert about an emerging phishing email scheme that purports to be from company executives and requests personal information on employees. The IRS has learned this scheme – part of...more

Spear Phishing E-mail Scheme Surges For W-2 Forms

In the midst of this tax season, a number of companies have fallen victim to the latest spear phishing e-mail scheme, resulting in the unauthorized disclosure of their employees’ W-2 information and learning the hard lesson...more

"IRS Issues Alert on Phishing Scheme to Obtain Payroll Data"

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued an alert regarding a phishing email scheme in which cybercriminals pose as governmental officials or company executives and request employee payroll and tax data, including...more

Gavel to Gavel: Tax-refund fraud – a growing problem

As tax season is now upon us, taxpayers should know that tax-refund fraud is increasingly occurring. This kind of fraud happens when someone uses a stolen Social Security number to file a fraudulent tax return and obtain...more

Fraud Alert: Computer Hackers Target HR and Payroll Departments – Guard Your W-2s!

Have you by chance recently received an email from your company’s CEO requesting copies of employee W-2 forms? If so, don’t respond without first verbally confirming that the request is legitimate. Several of our clients in...more

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