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February 2012 Archives

IRS Changing its Stance Toward Innocent Spouses

Innocent spouses linked to those accused of tax crimes may have an easier time proving their innocence. In a statement released last month, the Internal Revenue Service announced a change in how they will evaluate "equitable relief" cases, which are situations where spouses who signed joint tax returns (along with those convicted of tax fraud) ask to be freed of joint liability for their spouse's wrongdoing.

Delinquent Taxpayers Can Lose Property to Tax Lien Investors

In the last few weeks, this blog has discussed the criminal penalties and fines taxpayers can face if they file incorrect or fraudulent tax returns. However, it is important to recognize that taxpayers can commit misconduct that doesn't rise to the level of a criminal infraction and still face serious consequences.

U.S. Gets Help With Crackdown on Foreign Tax Evasion

The Internal Revenue Service is not alone in its effort to crack down on offshore tax evasion by American taxpayers. Last week, the federal government announced that it has enlisted the help of five European nations to enforce the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act.

Boston IRS Nabs Contractor in Tax Evasion Case

A Rhode Island general contractor pled guilty to two counts of tax evasion and eight counts of wire fraud earlier this week, following an investigation by agents from the FBI Boston Field Office and the Boston office of the IRS's criminal investigation division.

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