Monday, March 21, 2016

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Federal Court Permanently Bars Orange County Based Tax Preparer from Preparing Federal Tax Returns

Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Federal Court Permanently Bars Orange County Based Tax Preparer from Preparing Federal Tax Returns

ORANGE COUNTY,  California Monday, March 21, 2016, ---- The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California has permanently barred Stacy John Sanchez of Orange County, California, from preparing federal tax returns for others, the Justice Department announced today.

The civil injunction order prohibits Sanchez from acting as a federal tax return preparer and from owning, operating, or profiting from tax-return preparation businesses.  Sanchez agreed to the entry of the injunction but did not admit the allegations in the civil complaint against him.

According to the complaint, Sanchez owned and operated 12 Liberty Tax Service franchise locations, primarily in the Los Angeles and Las Vegas areas.  At these locations, Sanchez and his employees prepared federal income tax returns that, among other things, contained bogus Schedules C (Profit or Loss From Business), fake Form W-2 (Wage and Tax Statement) information and falsely claimed dependents, the suit alleged.  These fraudulent returns improperly generated federal income tax refunds and tax credits, such as the Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Credit, for Sanchez’s clients, according to the complaint.

In addition, the complaint alleged that Sanchez and his employees prepared fraudulent income tax returns using stolen names and social security numbers and kept the bogus refunds generated by these identity theft returns.  The estimated loss to the U.S. Treasury from Sanchez and his employees’ misconduct is at least $14 million, according to the complaint.

[Republished from United States Department of Justice, Tax Division, Office of Public Affairs]

If you are a victim and/or had a tax return prepared by Stacy John Sanchez or any of her associates, you may want to seek legal advice from an experienced tax attorney, knowledgeable in the area of tax fraud.

Julie Vance
Media Relations
Wilson Tax Law Group, APLC
Newport Beach, California
949-397-2292

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Wilson Tax Law Group Receives 2015 Best of Santa Ana Award

Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Santa Ana Award Program Honors the Achievement

SANTA ANA November 4, 2015 -- Wilson Tax Law Group of Newport Beach has been selected for the 2015 Best of Santa Ana Award in the Professional Services category by the Santa Ana Award Program.

Each year, the Santa Ana Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Santa Ana area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2015 Santa Ana Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Santa Ana Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Santa Ana Award Program

The Santa Ana Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Santa Ana area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Santa Ana Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community's contributions to the U.S. economy.


Julie Vance
Media Relations
Wilson Tax Law Group
Newport Beach, California
949-397-2292

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

California Tar and Feathers Top Delinquent Taxpayers

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 suspended by the issuing agencies. In addition, California state agencies are prohibited from entering into contracts with taxpayers on the list for the acquisition of goods or services.
 
So what steps should one take if you appear on the list?  Taxpayers who receive a Notice of Public Disclosure of Tax Delinquency letter may contact the FTB at (888) 426-8555 for personal income tax or (888) 426-8751 for business entity taxes, or they may contact a tax professional who can assist in removing you from the list and resolving the tax issue.  
 
Although this type of public tar and feathering has the potential to destroy reputations and businesses, California believes this form of public shaming is worth it because the theory is that it will increase the chances of getting the taxes paid.   At the Federal level, its against the law for the IRS to disclose personal tax information to any third party unless its necessary and particular to an actual ongoing investigation or audit.  This is the complete opposite for the FTB. In fact, the FTB publishes and updates this public shaming list biannually.
 
Now a bit curious if you or someone you know might be on the list?  The list of the top 500 delinquent taxpayers was updated on August 19, 2015, and can be viewed on the FTB’s website at https://www.ftb.ca.gov/aboutFTB/Delinquent_Taxpayers.shtml#CORP.
 
If you need assistance concerning taxes involving the State or the IRS, do not hesitate to contact a tax lawyer in Orange County.   The Orange County Tax Attorneys at Wilson Tax Law Group or www.wilsontaxlaw.com have experience in both State IRS and state tax matters. You can reach the Wilson Tax Law Group or info@wilsontaxlaw.com at 949-397-2292.
                                                                               Delinquent California Taxpayer

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

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. Grassley said the Commissioner’s "discretion to mitigate the penalty of termination was intended to be a safety valve, not a tool to be used routinely to frustrate the intent of Congress."

The report found that a major portion of employees who willfully violated tax law remain employed at the IRS and experienced only minor punishments. The IRS gives discretion to the Commissioner on termination in such cases, and Grassley is seeking details on how and when that discretion is used.
The sole recommendation TIGTA made in the report was for the IRS to document its analysis of evidence and basis for its decision on whether or not to mitigate penalties to something less than termination, wrote Grassley. "The IRS doesn’t necessarily offer discretion on severe penalties to average citizens found in violation of tax law," he said. "There might be a double standard for the IRS’ own employees."

The good news is that Congress has initiated an oversight hearing into the matter.  Hopefully there will be some change because this does not sit well.

If you need assistance concerning taxes or an IRS investigation, do not hesitate to contact a tax lawyer in Orange County.   The Orange County Tax Attorneys at Wilson Tax Law Group have experience in federal tax prosecutions and IRS and state tax matters. You can reach the Wilson Tax Law Group at 714-463-4430.