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California Tar and Feathers Top Delinquent Taxpayers

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California has adopted the old school method of tarring and feathering delinquent taxpayers to bring public humiliation and shame to certain businesses and individuals who cannot afford to pay the taxes they owe.  In doing so, the California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) has recently mailed Notice of Public Disclosure of Tax Delinquency letters to the top delinquent personal income and business entity taxpayers who owe over $100,000 where the amount due is subject to a recorded notice of state tax lien. These lovely little letters give those taxpayers notice that the FTB intends to publicly disclose their names, addresses, and amounts due on its public website during the week of October 12, 2015. The list will also include occupational or professional license information, including license number and status, and the names of principal officers and their titles.  Businesses and individuals appearing on the list are subject to having their occupational, professional, and driver’s licenses …

Wilson Tax Law Group - The Newport Beach Tax Attorney Blog: IRS Committing Tax Evasion Triggers Congressional ...

Wilson Tax Law Group - The Newport Beach Tax Attorney Blog: IRS Committing Tax Evasion Triggers Congressional ...: In a prior post I commented about a report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) that reviewed cases of willful...

IRS Committing Tax Evasion Triggers Congressional Inquiry

In a prior post I commented about a report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) that reviewed cases of willful violation of tax laws by IRS employees for a 10 year period (FY 2004-2013). The review found 1,580 IRS employees who willfully understated their Federal tax liability or willfully filed their tax return late.  Of these, roughly two thirds of these tax cheats kept their jobs at the IRS (about 14% have now resigned or retired).

Former Senate Finance and current Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, is now asking the IRS Commissioner to explain how and why the Service uses discretion to avoid terminating employees for willful violations of tax law.  A copy of his letter to the IRS Commissioner can be found here.
"Willful violation of tax law is a serious offense and the presumption is an employee guilty of the offense shall be terminated," wrote Grassley in letter dated May 19 to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. Gr…

Wilson Tax Law Group - The Newport Beach Tax Attorney Blog: IRS Commits Tax Evasion with Immunity

Wilson Tax Law Group - The Newport Beach Tax Attorney Blog: IRS Commits Tax Evasion with Immunity: On May 6th the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration  ("TIGTA" or internal government watchdog over the IRS) issued a ...

IRS Commits Tax Evasion with Immunity

On May 6th the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration  ("TIGTA" or internal government watchdog over the IRS) issued a scathing report that found, from 2003 through 2013, 1,580 IRS employees committed willful tax violations.   These cases included willful overstatement of expenses, claiming the First-Time Homebuyer Tax Credit without buying a home, and repeated failure to timely file required Federal tax returns.  

It should be noted that a willful act is the voluntary intentional violation of a known legal duty (timely filing of a tax return or accurate reporting of a tax obligation).   A willful violation of tax law is a criminal act.  This means jail time to the average person, but not IRS employees according to the TIGTA report.   

Current law requires that the IRS terminate employees who are found to have willfully violated tax law.  However, the law also gives the IRS Commissioner the sole authority to mitigate cases to a lesser penalty.  The TIGTA report …

Wilson Tax Law Group - The Newport Beach Tax Attorney Blog: Tax Alert – IRS Change makes it Easier to Levy All...

Wilson Tax Law Group - The Newport Beach Tax Attorney Blog: Tax Alert – IRS Change makes it Easier to Levy All...: There was an important recent change to the format of the IRS’s “final” Notice of Intent to Levy that all tax practitioners and clients sho...

Tax Alert – IRS Change makes it Easier to Levy All Your Assets

There was an important recent change to the format of the IRS’s “final” Notice of Intent to Levy that all tax practitioners and clients should be aware of.  Most of us tax geeks are well aware of the difference between a regular IRS collection notice and a “final” Notice of Intent to Levy that includes the right to a collection hearing under IRC 6330.  This is something that typically confuses the client, but not the tax practitioner. However, the IRS very recently changed the format of the “final” Notice of Intent to Levy and the new version of the “final” notice looks very much like a regular IRS collection notice.   As a result, tax practitioners might, at first glance, be as confused as their clients. It is unclear why the IRS made this non-publicized change to the “final” Notice of Intent to Levy, but it is definitely more difficult now to tell the difference between the “final” notice and a regular collection notice.  As a result, it is recommended that tax practitioners and clie…