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IRS narrows requirement to file schedule m-3 to avoid penalties

IRS narrows requirement to file schedule m-3 to avoid penalties

Rev Proc 2016-13, 2016-4 IRB 290 IRS has issued a Revenue Procedure that contains IRS’s annual update of procedures that taxpayers must follow in order to meet the requirements for adequate disclosure that reduce the substantial understatement accuracy-related penalty and eliminate the preparer understatement penalty for unreasonable positions. The new Revenue Procedure eliminates the need […]

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Washington Alert – PTIN expiration notices sent; GAO faults IRS phone service; Return preparers and EITC warning; FINCEN and insurance companies

Washington Alert – PTIN expiration notices sent; GAO faults IRS phone service; Return preparers and EITC warning; FINCEN and insurance companies

IRS announced on Jan. 22 that the Return Preparer Office has started mailing Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN) expiration notices to tax preparers who have not renewed their PTIN for 2016. (e-News for Tax Professionals 2016-3) According to the agency, some 150,000 such notices will be sent. The notice informs recipients that their PTIN can […]

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Washington Alert – TIGTA report on FATCA; IRS pub on Safeguarding Taxpayer Data; TIGTA report on IRS failure to revoke the PTINs for unsuitable tax return preparers

Washington Alert – TIGTA report on FATCA; IRS pub on Safeguarding Taxpayer Data; TIGTA report on IRS failure to revoke the PTINs for unsuitable tax return preparers

IRS has made good progress in implementing the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) said in an audit released on Oct. 13. (Audit Report No. 2015-30-085) As described in the audit, under FATCA, individual taxpayers with specified foreign financial assets that meet a certain dollar threshold are […]

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IRS posts FAQs on refunds of test fees related to invalidated preparer program

IRS posts FAQs on refunds of test fees related to invalidated preparer program

Following up on its announcement that it will refund fees that return preparers paid for the Registered Tax Return Preparer (RTRP) test, which was part of a return preparer program that a court determined IRS didn’t have the authority to mandate, IRS has issued frequently asked questions (FAQs) on the subject. Background. In 2011, IRS […]

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Washington Alert – Federal Reserves Increase; New Identity Protection PIN in some States; Return Preparer Fraud and Identity Theft

Washington Alert – Federal Reserves Increase; New Identity Protection PIN in some States; Return Preparer Fraud and Identity Theft

Federal revenues in fiscal year 2015 will be an estimated 17.7% of gross domestic product (GDP) compared to 17.5% in FY 2014, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reported on Jan. 26. (The Budget and Economic Outlook: 2015 to 2025) In 2016, if current laws generally remain unchanged, federal revenues will hit 18.4% of GDP “because […]

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Tennessee Federal Court Bars Owners of Memphis-Area Tax Return Preparation Stores from Preparing Returns for Others

Tennessee Federal Court Bars Owners of Memphis-Area Tax Return Preparation Stores from Preparing Returns for Others

As reported in the DOJ Press Release, a federal court in Memphis, Tennessee, permanently barred three individuals from preparing tax returns for others and owning or operating a tax return preparation business, the Justice Department announced. The civil injunction order, to which the defendants Shandon Allen, Tabitha Tunstall, and Shewanda Hamilton agreed, was signed by […]

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Federal Court Permanently Bars Five Texas Tax Return Preparers from Preparing Returns for Others

Federal Court Permanently Bars Five Texas Tax Return Preparers from Preparing Returns for Others

As reported in the DOJ Press Release, a federal court in Waco, Texas has permanently barred Patricia Foley aka Sissy Foley; Amanda Smith; April Leann Morgan aka April Leann Ercanbrack; Cassandra Egbert and Joshua Stifle, individually and doing business as Accounting System Services and doing business as A Kind Bookkeeping and Tax Service from preparing […]

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Federal Court Permanently Bars San Antonio Tax Preparer from Preparing Tax Returns for Others

Federal Court Permanently Bars San Antonio Tax Preparer from Preparing Tax Returns for Others

A federal court in San Antonio has permanently barred a Texas man and his business, Cardenas Income Tax Service, from preparing federal tax returns for others, the Justice Department announced today. The civil injunction order, to which John Andrew Cardenas consented, was signed by Judge Orlando L. Garcia of the U.S. District Court for the […]

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IRS and National Tax Groups Join in Helping Choose the Right Tax Return Preparer

IRS and National Tax Groups Join in Helping Choose the Right Tax Return Preparer

IR 2014-116, Fact Sheet 2014-11, December 2014   In a press briefing, IRS has announced that it was joining with several national tax organizations to provide people with new options to get information and tips on selecting tax professionals and avoiding unscrupulous return preparers. A Fact Sheet provided additional tips to keep in mind when […]

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IRS further explains preparer voluntary education program

IRS further explains preparer voluntary education program

Fact Sheet 2014-8, June 2014 Click here for Fact Sheet: IRS Unveils Filing Season Program for Tax Return Preparers, Answers Frequently Asked Questions. In a Fact Sheet, in a frequently asked questions (FAQs) format, IRS has provided additional information on its new, voluntary Annual Filing Season Program, which is designed to encourage tax return preparers […]

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Justice Department Sues to Stop Miami Tax Return Preparers

Justice Department Sues to Stop Miami Tax Return Preparers

Justice Department Sues to Stop Miami Tax Return Preparers – Family of Miami Return Preparers Allegedly Overstated Refunds Through Fabricated and Inflated Deductions and Credits, as reported by the DOJ. The United States has asked the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida in Miami to stop Lazaro Jesus Toyos, Shirley Ester Almazan, […]

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Court Stops San Diego Man from Preparing Tax Returns

Court Stops San Diego Man from Preparing Tax Returns

Court Stops San Diego Man from Preparing Tax Returns – Tax Preparer Allegedly Claimed Bogus Deductions on Customers’ Tax Returns, as reported by the DOJ. A federal judge in California has permanently barred Michael I. Turner, of San Diego, from preparing federal tax returns for others, the Justice Department announced today. In the complaint, filed […]

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Justice Department Sues to Shut Down Texas Tax Preparer

Justice Department Sues to Shut Down Texas Tax Preparer

Justice Department Sues to Shut Down Texas Tax Preparer – McAllen, Texas-Area Woman Allegedly Prepares Tax Returns Claiming False Deductions and Credits, as reported by the DOJ. The United States has asked a federal court in McAllen, Texas, to permanently bar Melissa Alvarez and her companies, Best & Unique Income Services, Best & Unique Income […]

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Justice Department Highlights Ongoing Efforts to Protect the Public and Shut Down Fraudulent Tax Return Preparers and Promoters Nationwide

Justice Department Highlights Ongoing Efforts to Protect the Public and Shut Down Fraudulent Tax Return Preparers and Promoters Nationwide

Justice Department Highlights Ongoing Efforts to Protect the Public and Shut Down Fraudulent Tax Return Preparers and Promoters Nationwide, as reported by the DOJ. Tax Division Obtained Injunctions Against Large-Scale and Individual Preparers and Promoters, Many of Whom Preyed on Low to Moderate-Income Earners and the Elderly. The Justice Department announced the results of its […]

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Justice Department Files Lawsuit to Stop Tennessee Man from Preparing Tax Returns

Justice Department Files Lawsuit to Stop Tennessee Man from Preparing Tax Returns

Justice Department Files Lawsuit to Stop Tennessee Man from Preparing Tax Returns, as reported by the DOJ. The Department of Justice filed a civil lawsuit today in the federal court in Nashville, Tenn., to stop Gilberto Cortes and his business, Mundo Hispano Services, from preparing federal tax returns.  According to the complaint, Cortes and his […]

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Justice Department Sues to Shut Down Detroit Tax Preparer

Justice Department Sues to Shut Down Detroit Tax Preparer

Justice Department Sues to Shut Down Detroit Tax Preparer – Woman Allegedly Fabricates Business Income, Business Expenses and Education Credits on Customer Returns, as reported by the DOJ. The United States filed a lawsuit to bar Margaret Brown, a Detroit tax return preparer, from preparing federal tax returns for others, the Justice Department announced. According […]

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Georgia Husband and Wife Tax Return Preparers Plead Guilty to Tax Crimes

Georgia Husband and Wife Tax Return Preparers Plead Guilty to Tax Crimes

Georgia Husband and Wife Tax Return Preparers Plead Guilty to Tax Crimes, as reported in the news of the DOJ. Detrick and Natashia Tucker, a husband and wife who owned and operated a tax preparation business named T&T Express Tax located in Pine Mountain, Ga., pleaded guilty to crimes relating to the preparation of false […]

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Justice Department Files Lawsuit to Stop Tennessee Woman from Preparing Tax Returns

Justice Department Files Lawsuit to Stop Tennessee Woman from Preparing Tax Returns

Justice Department Files Lawsuit to Stop Tennessee Woman from Preparing Tax Returns, as announced in the press release of the DOJ. The Department of Justice filed a civil lawsuit in a federal court in Memphis today to stop Stephanie Edmond and her businesses, the Tax Factory and Tax Factory Enterprise Inc., from preparing federal income […]

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Alabama Husband and Wife Plead Guilty to Identity Theft Scheme

Alabama Husband and Wife Plead Guilty to Identity Theft Scheme

As per the DOJ Press Release, “Alabama Husband and Wife Plead Guilty to Identity Theft Scheme” Mary Young and Christian Young each pleaded guilty yesterday to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and one count of aggravated identity theft for their role in a stolen identity refund fraud (SIRF) scheme , announced […]

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Federal Court in Ohio Shuts Down Nation’s Fourth-Largest Tax-Preparation Firm and Bars CEO From Tax-Preparation Business

Federal Court in Ohio Shuts Down Nation’s Fourth-Largest Tax-Preparation Firm and Bars CEO From Tax-Preparation Business

As per the DOJ Press Release, Federal Court in Ohio Shuts Down Nation’s Fourth-Largest Tax-Preparation Firm and Bars CEO From Tax-Preparation Business – Judge Finds that Instant Tax Service Franchisor Defrauded Customers, Obstructed the IRS and Violated Court Orders on Lending Practices. WASHINGTON – A federal court has entered a permanent injunction ordering ITS Financial […]

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Meet Paul Raymond

Meet Paul Raymond

Mr. Raymond is a sought after speaker in tax controversy law by many attorney, accountant, and business groups and at the request of the Internal Revenue Service, has presented programs at the IRS Nationwide Tax Forum, attended by tax professionals throughout the United States.

Additionally, he continues to be an active member in the Section of Taxation, American Bar Association, where he was the Past Chair of the Employment Taxes Committee.

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