It is common for small Orange County business to experience payroll tax debt issues. Sometimes these businesses are forced to make hard choices to stay open and the resulting tax debt burden may be overwhelming. An experienced California tax law attorney can help California business owners deal with the IRS and determine whether the IRS properly calculated a business' tax debt obligation.
It is easy for small Southern California businesses to incur payroll tax debt. Many small businesses slip into payroll tax debt issues in these hard economic times and many business owners find themselves overwhelmed by the interest and penalties associated with unpaid payroll taxes. An experienced California tax attorney can bargain with the IRS to reduce payment terms, extend payment arrangements and make arrangements so that a business can remain open while repaying its tax liability.
A panel of circuit court judges recently affirmed the conviction of a former IRS agent for charges of mail fraud and making a false claim against the government. The IRS agent's charges arise out of her involvement in a company that promoted what the government considered a tax fraud scheme.
The unpopular bank reporting requirements that are part of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, or FATCA, are going to be delayed somewhat by the Internal Revenue Service. By unpopular we mean that offshore banks in particular are opposed to the FATCA's requirements. By delayed, we mean that the IRS will not implement some of the requirements for one, two or three years.
If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know that the IRS has an amnesty program right now for American taxpayers holding undeclared offshore bank accounts. The amnesty, which is being offered through August 31st, allows people with undeclared accounts to come forward voluntarily, in exchange for which they can avoid a jail sentence.
One California woman with a house full of cats recently won a tax court battle that may have implications for taxpayers in Orange County and the rest of the country. The woman is a 59-year-old Oakland resident who lives in a modest 1,500-square-foot house that she used to provide care to about 70 feral cats as a volunteer for "Fix Our Ferals."
The Treasury Appellate Authority has overturned a reduction in the length of the professional license suspension of a Florida CPA who pled guilty in 2008 to misdemeanor tax fraud. A 36-month license suspension and had won a reduction to 24 months on appeal.
The IRS announced this week that it has begun enforcing new rules for tax preparers meant to stop those who have been convicted of tax crimes and those subject to permanent injunctions from continuing to prepare federal returns. The new rule requires federal tax preparers to register with the IRS and obtain a Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN), which must be used on all returns and claims for refunds.
Owners of the Chuy's Mesquite Broiler chain of restaurants in California and Arizona were arrested earlier this week, along with the company's accountant. Authorities have been investigating the three for some time due to tax fraud and illegal hiring practice allegations.It's a scene that reads like it could have been written for a movie: the culmination of a lengthy investigation involving U.S. immigration and Customs Enforcement officers, the Internal Revenue Service and Homeland Security led to the simultaneous raid of multiple Chuy's locations in California and Arizona by federal agents Wednesday. The purpose of this well-orchestrated event was to collect physical evidence against the two company owners and their accountant. An arraignment occurred in U.S. District Court in Tucson the day after the mass-raid, where each of the three were brought before the court on 19 separate accounts which included conspiracy to defraud the IRS, tax evasion and harboring illegal immigrants. There are nine Chuy's locations in Southern California.
This is Part 2 of our discussion of the top tax scams that taxpayers everywhere should avoid.