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Outside businesses help tax agencies fight fraud

Because of several scams that have affected people from Massachusetts and others across the nation, a number of agencies, including the IRS, are using new programs to verify the authenticity of tax refund claims. Several of the companies that are working to prevent tax evasion include SAS Institute, LexisNexis Group and International Business Machines Corp.

A proactive stance can help when short on money for taxes

Not having enough money to pay your taxes can be intimidating, but ignoring the matter should be even more so. Unfortunately, some Massachusetts residents have the mistaken notion that if they do not have the money to pay their taxes, they should not file a return. Nothing could be further from the truth. Failing to file a return along with failure to pay taxes when due can result in a myriad of consequences beyond the usual penalty fees and interest. Bank levies and asset seizure are a couple of examples of what can happen when taxes that are due and payable are not reported or paid in a timely fashion.

Questions remain regarding federal same-sex benefits

Although same-sex marriage is legal in Massachusetts and in 12 other states, many people are waiting for a final decision from the IRS regarding tax and Social Security benefits after the Supreme Court voted to end the Defense of Marriage Act in June. People in 37 other states are in limbo as they wait to see how the IRS will address tax matters, such as tax refund claims. Although DOMA has been repealed, the exact application of that ruling is still unclear.

Company owner convicted of tax evasion sentenced to jail

The owner and operator of a large Massachusetts company was convicted of tax evasion after failing to file tax returns between 1997 and 1999. He was sentenced to three years in prison and has been ordered to pay more than $716,000 in restitution. When he completes his jail sentence, he will also face two years of supervised release.

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