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Owner of Professional Employer Organization Pleads Guilty to Employment Tax Charge

On Jan. 6, 2017, Janis Edwards, the owner of a professional employer organization, pleaded guilty to tax evasion arising from failing to pay over to the IRS between $3.5 million and $25 million in withholdings that her organization had collected from the paychecks of her clients’ employees. Professional employer organizations, often called “PEOs,” have presented … Continue Reading

Digital Currency Exchange Customers Targeted in IRS Information-Gathering Sweep

Coinbase, one of the largest digital currency exchange companies in the world, will likely be asked to provide the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) with transactional data and other information on all U.S. customers who used its services over a three-year period. Using what is known as a “John Doe” summons, the IRS has formally requested … Continue Reading

Heat Rises on Indicted Former Tax Court Judge Diane Kroupa as Husband-Codefendant Pleads Guilty

On September 23, 2016, Robert Fackler, the husband and now co-defendant of former Tax Court Judge Diane Kroupa, pleaded guilty to corruptly impeding the IRS, a felony that carries a maximum three-year prison sentence. It is unclear whether the plea agreement calls for Fackler to cooperate with the government’s prosecution of his wife. Considering that … Continue Reading

U.S. Tax Court Gives Strong Boost to Computer-Assisted Review

On July 13, 2016, in Dynamo Holdings Limited P’ship v. Comm’r, the U.S. Tax Court strongly defended the taxpayer’s use of computer-assisted review in a dispute with the IRS. In a 2014 decision in the same case, the Tax Court had already endorsed computer-assisted review, namely predictive coding, as a general matter. “Predictive coding is an … Continue Reading

Congress Passes Law Revoking Passports of Those with “Seriously Delinquent Tax Debt”

On December 3, 2015, Congress passed a bill requiring the IRS to notify the State Department of any taxpayer with “seriously delinquent tax debt” and requiring the State Department to revoke that taxpayer’s passport until the debt is resolved.  President Obama signed the bill into law on December 4.  The new law defines seriously delinquent … Continue Reading

IRS Publishes Proposed Regulations for Hedge Fund Reinsurance Arrangements

In April 24’s Federal Register, the IRS released proposed regulations (REG-108214-15) to restrict when a foreign insurance company’s income can be excluded as passive income by giving a more strict definition for the “active conduct of an insurance business” exemption under IRC section 1297(b)(2)(B). The U.S. Treasury and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) state that the … Continue Reading

BSI Is First Bank to Reach Resolution in DOJ’s Program for Swiss Banks

BSI of Lugano, Switzerland, became the first bank to earn a non-prosecution agreement under the U.S. DOJ’s Program for Swiss Banks, paying a penalty of $211 million. First announced on August 29, 2013, the program offered Switzerland-based banks that were not under criminal investigation the opportunity to avoid criminal investigation and prosecution in return for fully … Continue Reading

Former Head of DOJ Tax Division Warns Taxpayers to Think Twice Before Choosing New Streamlined Procedures

Former DOJ Tax Division AAG Kathy Keneally warned on June 24, 2014, that taxpayers should think carefully before signing a certification of non-willfulness and entering the IRS’s new Streamlined Filing Compliance Procedures.  The certification is under penalties of perjury.  Importantly, the streamlined procedures provide no protection from criminal prosecution if the IRS decides that a … Continue Reading
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