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Couple charged with tax fraud

A married couple has been charged with tax fraud, and, if convicted, may face prison time. The husband and wife were tax preparers who allegedly falsified their clients' tax returns in order to get more clients and increase their income. Massachusetts residents should take note of this case because even though the couple was conducting their business in New Jersey, such tax crimes could happen anywhere.

Immigrants and Tax Law

The residents of Massachusetts may be interested to know about a case of an immigrant who portrayed himself as a priest, opened 30 accounts and interacted on Facebook to rake up more profits. This African born immigrant has decided to take an advantage of the freedom America offers. The individual filed 17 false claims to IRS and received refunds within the range of hundreds of thousands of dollars. He used different identities to obtain the money from the IRS, but there is no trial scheduled as of yet because he has been diagnosed as mentally incompetent. Court-appointed psychiatrist has stated that the individual is unable to make sound decisions or understand the nature of his crimes.

Actor owes $300,000 in back taxes

Massachusetts residents may have heard that Stephen Baldwin has entered into a plea agreement regarding taxes that he owes New York state. In exchange for paying $300,000 within a year's time, Baldwin will avoid carrying around a record for tax evasion. Stephen Baldwin originally owed taxes, interest and penalties in the amount of $400,000, but according to New York state Supreme Court Justice Charles Apotheker, Baldwin has paid off approximately $100,000 of his tax debt. He admitted in court that he did not pay the state income tax that he owed for the years 2008, 2009 and 2010. He has one year to pay off the rest of the debt that he owes to avoid jail time and a criminal record for the offense, but if he is unable to pay off the $300,000 within that time frame, Baldwin will receive a five-year probation sentence and a five year time frame in which to pay off the remaining debt.

Carefully choose a tax preparer to avoid problems

The IRS is aware of several tactics that unethical tax preparers use, and it is trying to warn the general public this tax season. Tax preparers may file false income tax returns by claiming more personal expenses or business expenses, claiming deductions or credits that they do not qualify for and using exemptions in an excessive manner. The IRS has also seen tax preparers who may change income figures on the tax returns to try to get more credits for the client. However, Boston taxpayers are the ones who are ultimately held responsible when fraudulent income tax returns are submitted. Typically, they are required to pay any additional taxes, interest and penalties that are incurred due to a false income tax return. They may also be held criminally liable in some cases.

Somerville woman convicted of tax crimes

A Somerville woman who owned a tax preparation business for about six years was sentenced on Jan. 29 to 61 months in prison. She has been convicted of identity theft and tax fraud following a string of tax crimes. According to the District of Massachusetts United States Attorney's office, the woman prepared false tax returns on her behalf and the behalf of the clients of her Somerville business. In some instances, she used clients' identities without their consent or knowledge. She pleaded guilty to 32 counts, including charges for aggravated identity theft, filing false returns with the Internal Revenue Service and forging United States Treasury check endorsements.

Springfield tax preparer sentenced for fraud

A tax preparer received an 18-month prison sentence after pleading guilty to submitting taxes filed incorrectly on behalf of her customers. The woman is 51 years old and pleaded guilty to the offense in November of 2012. According to authorities, the woman operated a Springfield, Massachusetts tax preparation business. Between February 2007 and April 2008, she knowingly prepared numerous fraudulent tax returns so that customers would receive larger tax refunds. A United States Attorney with the Department of Justice stated that the woman made misrepresentations to IRS representatives, provided false documents for customers to give to the Massachusetts Department of the Internal Revenue Service, and advised and told her customers to lie to the IRS. Authorities have discovered that the tax preparer is from the Dominican Republic and does not have a valid visa to be in the United States. The prosecution believes that the woman used identifying information from another person who is a legal United States resident to operate her business, open bank accounts, open credit cards and acquire a driver's license.

Massachusetts man faces multiple tax crime charges

A financial adviser faces multiple charges for tax crimes and other crimes. He currently faces five charges for mail fraud, 13 charges for interstate transportation of goods gained in a fraudulent manner, 10 charges of money laundering and three charges for tax evasion. The man is accused of mismanaging funds for two family friends to benefit himself. The damages in question equal to more than $1 million. The man had previously filed bankruptcy and received federal bankruptcy protection. However, the new allegations may change the situation and leave him civilly liable to these people and to other lawsuits against him due to fraudulent information that he provided to the bankruptcy court.

Former government worker pleads to tax-related crimes

An employee who once worked at the District of Columbia's tax office has pled guilty in federal court to conspiracy to defraud the government as well as first-degree theft. These charges stem from tax crimes allegedly committed while the woman was working part-time at a Washington tax service in 2009 and 2010.The prosecutors in the case claim that the woman helped 282 people or companies file fraudulent tax returns with the District of Columbia as well as 973 fraudulent returns with the federal government. She was accused of supplying receipts for charity spending that were fraudulent so that tax filers could claim deductions. The activity took place over the 2008 and 2009 tax seasons, but some of the fraudulent refunds dated back to 2006. The total taken in the fake receipt scam has been estimated at $14.7 million.

Ex-football players being sentenced for tax fraud, wire fraud

Professional football fans in Massachusetts and around the New England region may be familiar with the name Michael Bennett. Bennett, who played for several years in the NFL, maybe most notably with the Minnesota Vikings, pleaded guilty to wire fraud earlier this year and was sentenced last week to serve 15 months in prison for his crime.

Mendon man convicted of tax crime for filing false return

A man from Mendon, Massachusetts, was recently convicted of a tax crime after the IRS claimed that he under-reported the income that he received from advertisers on his blog. He was convicted of filing a false income tax return at the federal court in Boston, Massachusetts. The U.S. Attorney and the Department of Justice representatives say that the man pleaded guilty to the charge of filing a false income tax return. According to authorities, the man operated a blog as a part-time job. The blog was about computers and other electronics. Advertisers paid the man for advertising space to contribute articles to the site that reviewed computers, computer components and other items.

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