Businessman Receives Three Year Sentence for Withholding Millions in Employment Taxes

Earlier this month, the owner of a Houston-based staffing agency was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty for failing to pay employment taxes related to his business. The prosecution had argued that, from 2008 to 2012, Richard Floyd Tatum withheld roughly $12 million in payroll taxes from some 1,000 employees, opting instead […]

Outside Collectors Contracted by IRS Accused of Illegal Practices

Late last month, a group of United States Senators submitted a letter to Pioneer Tax Recovery, one of four debt collection organizations contracted by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), accusing the organization of violating the U.S. tax code. In the letter, lawmakers objected to Pioneer’s “extraordinarily dangerous” practices that encouraged debtors to use 401(k) funds, […]

Federal Court Issues Ruling Against IRS in Class Action Lawsuit Challenging PTINs

Every year, thousands of taxpayers in the United States, both individuals and businesses, experience disputes with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) related to matters such as: Tax penalties Back taxes Employment taxes Unfiled tax returns Occasionally, these types of matters can grow increasingly complex, requiring careful litigation by a qualified tax attorney. This is especially […]

Avoiding Criminal Liability When Tax Code Has Been Violated

Although the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) estimates that a small fraction of tax crime convictions occur in a given year, the organization also estimates that 17 percent of American taxpayers fail to comply with tax code. It is mostly individual taxpayers, not corporate entities, that commit some of the most common tax-related offenses, like tax […]

Can the IRS Seize My Tax Refund?

If you are scratching your head wondering where your federal income tax refund is this year, it could be missing because the government has seized it. The United States Treasury Department has the authority to hold part or all of your tax refund to cover any debts you might owe. Six Major Kinds of Debts […]

Who to Call for Tax Litigation Questions: an Attorney or an Accountant?

If you currently find yourself faced with questions about your taxes or a possible impending tax litigation, it is important to bring these questions to the right person. You may be wondering if your tax issue would be better addressed by an accountant or by a tax attorney. If you already know that you need […]

Second Round of Form W-2 Scam Begins

Last year the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) warned tax payers of a form W-2 scam which targeted payroll and human resources departments. In late January 2017, the IRS renewed this warning after receiving new notifications that this email “spoofing” scam is making its away across the United States for a second time. The IRS also […]

How to Resolve a Dispute with the IRS

Unfortunately, it isn’t unusual to find yourself at odds with the IRS, however there are a number of ways to resolve your tax worries without ending up in court. Five procedures to avoid litigation with the IRS Fast-track settlement. Allows taxpayers the opportunity to resolve audit issues during the examination process by using the mediation […]

Concerned about Tax Litigation?

Everyone dreads the heart-pounding moment when you receive an unwanted notice from the IRS informing you that there has been an issue with your tax return, and it can become unbearable when those issues result in tax litigation. You might be surprised to learn that there is a significant amount of both criminal and civil […]

Avoid These Top 5 Tax-Filing Mistakes

Tax litigation is a term used to describe resolving tax disputes with local, state, federal, and foreign tax authorities. Litigation arises when there is a tax controversy which may involve an individual, a business (both for-profit and not-for-profit), an estate or a trust. With tax season in the United States in full swing, it is […]