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November 2010 Archives

Concrete Company Said to Owe $230,000 in Payroll Taxes

A California concrete company owes hundreds of thousands of dollars in payroll taxes, according to state authorities. T.B. Concrete Inc.'s chief executive, Thomas Bernhardt, and his wife Rachel Bernhardt, the company's office manager, are accused of 15 felony counts of payroll tax evasion and workers' compensation insurance fraud. Both are free on bail.

Payroll Withholding Rates In Limbo Until Congress Acts

Taxpayers everywhere would like to know what Congress will do about the Bush-era tax cuts. With the tax cuts due to expire, tax rates could change dramatically - or not at all. No one is more concerned than payroll managers, who do not know at what rate taxes should be withheld from employees' wages.

Indictments for Tax Evasion Via UBS Accounts

Twenty-five people have been charged with tax evasion in connection with their accounts held with the Swiss bank UBS. Two of them are California residents, living in or near San Diego. The Justice Department has identified Bernard Goldstein of Carlsbad and Jeffrey Chatfield of San Diego as offshore bank account holders believed to be hiding money from the IRS.

Wesley Snipes Fighting Tax Fraud Conviction

Action movie star Wesley Snipes was convicted of tax fraud in 2008 for failing to file tax returns. Now Snipes is alleging that some of the jurors at his trial were convinced of his guilt before they heard or saw any of the evidence.

IRS Drops Action Against UBS; IRS Considering 2nd Amnesty

The IRS has decided not to pursue its legal action against Swiss banking giant UBS, in which it hoped to force the bank to give it the names of Americans suspected of holding offshore bank accounts for purposes of tax evasion.

Congress Returns With Urgent Tax Issues On Its Agenda

Congress will return next week for a lame duck session in which they have urgent tax issues to address. One of the biggest issues is what to do with the expiring Bush-era tax cuts. Orange County tax attorneys point out that if the cuts are allowed to expire, taxes will go up for almost all taxpayers.

Swiss Bank Whistleblower Says Justice Dept. Mishandled Case

The U.S. government was able to crack down on tax evasion by Americans with offshore bank accounts - primarily with Swiss banking giant UBS - with the help of a whistleblower. Bradley Birkenfeld was a UBS banker who exposed widespread tax evasion by wealthy Americans.