Long Island Business Owner Pleads Guilty to Obstructing Tax Laws

From DOJ press release. Long Island resident plead guilty to providing false business records to impede an Internal Revenue Service investigation. In Central Islip, New York, a Brentwood, New York, business owner pleaded guilty to corruptly endeavoring to obstruct and impede the due administration of the internal revenue laws, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General … Read more

Houston Attorney Convicted of Offshore Tax Evasion Scheme

Jury finds that a Houston attorney conspired to repatriate more than $18 million in untaxed money held in foreign banks. A Houston, Texas, attorney was convicted today of one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and three counts of tax evasion, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Department … Read more

Federal grand jury indicts reality show stars on tax evasion and bank fraud

A federal grand jury has indicted Todd and Julie Chrisley, the stars of the reality television show Chrisley Knows Best, on multiple counts of conspiracy, bank fraud, wire fraud, and tax evasion. The Chrisleys’ accountant, Peter Tarantino, has also been indicted on tax-related offenses. “Todd and Julie Chrisley are charged not only with defrauding a … Read more

Waco, TX Tax Preparer Pleads Guilty to Conspiring to Defraud the United States

A Waco, Texas, tax return preparer pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiracy to defraud the United States according to a DOJ Press Release. According to the indictment and information presented at the plea hearing, Janell Lightner, assisted co-defendant Stacey Anderson in the preparation and filing of false tax returns. Anderson operated her tax return preparation business, … Read more

Worker Sues Employer for Misclassifying her as an Independent Contractor

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A worker was awarded damages by a U.S. district court against an employer who classified her to the IRS as an independent contractor rather than an employee. Plaintiff Valerie Vanderbilt filed this case against Boat Bottom Express Limited Liability Company (“BBE”), a business in Ramrod Key, Florida, and Jeffrey Peer, owner of BBE, for unpaid … Read more

Suit Alleges Trump Evaded Panamanian Taxes on Hotel Project

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A former business partner of President Trump’s real estate company is suing the company in U.S. court, alleging a failure to pay Panamanian taxes and social security contributions related to a luxury hotel. Read the amended complaint here. Portions of the complaint are posted below.

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The dispute arises out of Trump’s failure to meet its obligations arising out of the Agreement, involving the former Trump International Hotel & Tower Panama, including causing intentional damage to the Hotel Amenities Units and failing to pay income taxes to the Panamanian government.

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Cigarette Business Penalty Appealed to U.S. Supreme Court

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West Virginia fined a wholesale cigarette distributor, Ashland, for selling delisted cigarette brands. The fine of $159,398 was assessed on 12,230 packs sold, which comes out to 500% of the cigarette’s value.

Ashland claims that the penalty violates the Eighth Amendment prohibition on excessive fines.

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Former IRS Employee is Convicted of Tax Evasion

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On May 14, 2019, a federal jury in Las Vegas, Nevada, convicted Craig P. Orrock, a former attorney and former Internal Revenue Service (IRS) employee, of tax evasion and obstructing the internal revenue laws.

According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, starting in the early 1990s, Orrock, evaded the payment of his federal income taxes and obstructed IRS efforts to collect those taxes. Specifically, it was alleged that Orrock claimed false theft loss deductions, filed false amended tax returns, and filed a false offer in compromise with the IRS.

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Former IRS Revenue Officer Sentenced for Tax Evasion

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Former IRS Revenue Officer Sentenced for Tax Evasion

In an ironic twist, a former IRS revenue officer was recently sentenced to prison for tax evasion and impeding the due administration of internal revenue laws.

From 1989 to 2014, Mr. Henti Lucian Baird operated a tax preparation and consulting businesses under d/b/a “HL Baird’s Tax Consultants.” Previously Baird had worked as an IRS revenue officer for 12 years. Although he filed his tax returns every year,  he failed to pay his taxes since 1998 and used his knowledge and experience as a revenue officer to evade paying taxes.

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