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Legitimate business or just a hobby? How the IRS tells them apart

Hobbies are an important part of our lives. They offer stress relief, the opportunity to develop new skills, the ability to escape from the rigors of our everyday lives, and are an important part of allowing us to remain vital and active into our twilight years.

Students targeted in back-to-school phone scams

As the summer winds down and back-to-school season kicks into full swing, the new target for scammers is students and their parents. A caller demands that you immediately pay an unpaid tax bill. When you ask questions or refuse, the caller turns hostile and threatens that the police are on their way to arrest you.

Identity theft scheme claims victims at height of tax season

It is deceptively simple, but effective - impersonate a CEO by "spoofing" his or her email and request W-2 information from human resources. Coming at the height of tax season, busy HR staff may not stop to question the true identity of the sender.

Prison for Berkeley psychologist who failed to report income

Age and medication are no excuse when the Internal Revenue Service to a charge of tax evasion. The IRS alleged that the psychologist failed to report more than one million dollars in income from his Palo Alto practice from 2005 to 2009.

Expanded amnesty for some undisclosed offshore accounts

The recent changes to the limited-amnesty program discussed on this blog contained good and bad news. Our previous post explained how penalties are going to increase for some taxpayers in the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program.