Tax Fraud

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February 2017: Client Alert

Tax Calendar - February 28 - Payers must file informational returns with the IRS. (Except certain Forms 1099-MISC with non-employee compensation payments in box 7, which are due before February 1. Excluding...more

“W-2 Phishing Attacks Targeting Businesses to Cash in on Busy Tax Season: 10 Tips to Protect Your Business”

Cyber criminals are taking advantage of tax season to lure valuable W-2 information from vulnerable businesses. An example of a common phishing scheme starts with a scammer posing as a legitimate employee of a company,...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

We now know what all of that law-enforcement activity around Caterpillar HQ in past weeks. A government report out this week reveals that investigators are targeting CAT for tax and accounting fraud, though no charges have...more

It's W-2 Phishing Season: How to Stop, and Respond to, Tax-Related Identity Fraud Aimed at Your Organization's Employees

HR and payroll professionals nationwide have been, and will continue to be, targeted with e-mails apparently sent by a senior executive but actually sent by scammers who ask for a prompt reply with the 2016 W-2s for all of...more

American Senior Communities Suffers W-2 Scam

W-2 phishing schemes continue to be a problem for companies in every industry. Last week, American Senior Communities based in Indiana announced that one of its employees was scammed through a phishing email and thereafter...more

Let's Go Phishing!

Emails, lots and lots of emails, filling our inboxes. Even with the best security and filters, it seems that hackers are simply building better mousetraps. The bigger problem, however, is the trusting nature of individuals...more

W2 Phishing Scam Hits Citizens Memorial Hospital

We continue to see all industries hit with W2 phishing scams, including the health care industry. Citizens Memorial Hospital, located in Bolivar, Missouri, was hit with the scam when one of its employees believed that an...more

Luxembourg CSSF Circular 17/650 - Primary tax offences - In the fight against money laundering, what are your professional...

On 17 February 2017, Luxembourg’s financial regulator (Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier – CSSF) issued a circular drawn up with the Financial Intelligence Unit in order to provide...more

The Construction Industry Scheme: Change in the air?

What does real estate investment have to do with the problem of tax evasion made possible by cash-in-hand payments in the building industry? Very little, one might suspect, but that has not prevented real estate investors...more

IRS Issues Warning of “Dangerous W2 Phishing Scam”

We always see a surge in W2 email phishing schemes this time of year, as it is tax time, and many individuals are filing their tax returns in order to get a quick refund. So are criminals and cyber-hackers. ...more

Do You Know What an IRS Criminal Investigation is?

The US taxes its citizens and permanent residents on their worldwide income regardless of where they live or how long they’ve lived outside of the US. There is only one other country in the world that operates like the US –...more

Safeguarding Your Company from Cyber Tax Crimes - Take Action Now!

As if tax season was not bad enough, the U.S. Internal Revenue Services ("IRS") recently issued an urgent alert warning that cybercriminal phishing scams are utilizing a new, more dangerously effective method for large-scale...more

IRS and Others Renew Warnings About Fraudulent Emails Targeting Employee Tax Information

With tax season in full swing, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), state tax agencies, and tax industry groups recently renewed a warning about Form W-2 email spear-phishing scams. ...more

Privacy Tip #71 – It’s Tax Time and the Thieves are Out in Droves

Just when I thought everyone knew about the continued W2 schemes, where phishing emails are used to get company employees’ W2 forms so the thief can file a false tax return and get a refund, several additional clients have...more

Second Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Mortgage-Backed Securities New York State False Claims Act Case Against Wells Fargo

In New York ex rel. Jacobson v. Wells Fargo National Bank, N.A., 824 F.3d 308 (2d Cir. 2016), the Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a relator’s tax fraud-based claim against Wells Fargo under the New York False Claims...more

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

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