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Letter 6152 Passport Notice For Seriously Delinquent Tax Debt

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In a recent tax forum, the IRS stated that they are drafting a new Letter 6152 that will be sent to taxpayers who haven’t settled their tax debt. The letter will warn such taxpayers that their passport will be revoked.

The authority to revoke passports for “seriously delinquent tax debt” is provided under Internal Revenue Code § 7345.

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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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Tax Court Upholds IRS’ Collections Action of Tennessee Man’s Debt

The U.S. Tax Court in Oliveri v. Comm’r, T.C. Memo 2019-57, found that the IRS didn’t abuse its discretion by pursuing collection of a Tennessee man’s tax debt after he failed to pay subsequent tax bills timely.

Issue

Whether or to What Extent Petitioner May Deduct Expenses He Incurred in 2012 Which He Contends Were Related to Evangelization.

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Cigarette Business Penalty Appealed to U.S. Supreme Court

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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