Cryptocurrency Holders: Avoid a Tax Audit!

The recent Coinbase, Inc. case marks the beginning of a new phase in IRS investigations, and U.S. taxpayers should beware that our government is unlikely to relinquish its pursuit of digital currency holders. This won't show. The IRS’s success in identifying and pursuing people with foreign accounts has forever changed...

IRS Focus: Tracking Cryptocurrency

In our recent blogs on the new Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Division (IRS-CI) priorities, we noted that new IRS-CI director John D. Fort has placed his department on high alert for tax fraud involving bitcoin and other digital currencies. Here, we discuss U.S. taxpayer noncompliance and various cryptocurrency tax...

2018 Priorities of the IRS Criminal Investigation Division (IRS-CI):
Part II, Two New Initiatives for Identification and Investigation of Tax Crimes

This is a continuation of the first post on the 2018 IRS Criminal Investigation Division. Despite the reduction in its budget, the IRS Criminal Investigation Division (IRS-CI) has begun to implement two new initiatives that hope to improve the department’s already impressive success rate. Last year, the IRC-CI made 2,251...

2018 Priorities of the IRS Criminal Investigation Division (IRS-CI):
Part I, Types of Cases

Following his appointment as new Chief of the IRS Criminal Investigation Division (IRS-CI), John D. Fort announced the 2018 priority areas for IRS-CI enforcement. These goals include pursuit of specific areas of suspected taxpayer noncompliance as well as the implementation of new techniques for identification and investigation. In this post,...

The 2018 IRS Dirty Dozen,
Part IV: Tax Return Preparer Fraud

Other Posts in this Series Part I: Identity Theft, Phone and Phishing Scams, Fake Charities Part II: Padding Deductions, Claiming Undeserved Business Credits, Falsifying Income, Inflating Refunds Part III: Abusive Tax Shelters, Offshore Tax Schemes, and Frivolous Tax Arguments Tax return preparer fraud gets its own place on the IRS...

The 2018 IRS Dirty Dozen,
Part III: Abusive Tax Shelters, Offshore Tax Schemes, and Frivolous Tax Arguments

Other Posts in this Series Part I: Identity Theft, Phone and Phishing Scams, Fake Charities Part II: Padding Deductions, Claiming Undeserved Business Credits, Falsifying Income, Inflating Refunds Part IV: Tax Return Preparer Fraud In this post we continue our coverage of tax evasion schemes with three that make it to...

The 2018 IRS Dirty Dozen,
Part II: Padding Deductions, Claiming Undeserved Business Credits, Falsifying Income, Inflating Refunds

Other Posts in this Series Part I: Identity Theft, Phone and Phishing Scams, Fake Charities Part III: Abusive Tax Shelters, Offshore Tax Schemes, and Frivolous Tax Arguments Part IV: Tax Return Preparer Fraud In our last post, we covered four schemes aimed at taking advantage of well-meaning taxpayers. The next...

The 2018 IRS Dirty Dozen,
Part I: Identity Theft, Phone and Phishing Scams, Fake Charities

Other Posts in this Series Part II: Padding Deductions, Claiming Undeserved Business Credits, Falsifying Income, Inflating Refunds Part III: Abusive Tax Shelters, Offshore Tax Schemes, and Frivolous Tax Arguments Part IV: Tax Return Preparer Fraud Every year, the IRS releases a list of 12 schemes that are especially popular during...

Coinbase Accountholders Notified

We recently blogged about a federal court judge ordering Coinbase to release information about certain Coinbase accountholders. On February 23, 2018, Coinbase sent messages to approximately 13,000 of its customers, informing them that information regarding their accounts will be provided to the IRS for tax information purposes in accordance with the...

The IRS Criminal Investigation Division Releases Its Annual Report for 2017

The purpose of the IRS Criminal Investigation (IRS CI) Division is to investigate criminal violations of the Internal Revenue Code and other related financial crimes to ensure compliance with the law and public confidence in our tax system. Every year, the IRS CI releases an annual report of the agency’s...

Maximize The Tax Benefit Of Charitable Donations Through “Bunching”

Congress may have intended to simplify tax filings by doubling the standard deduction to $12,000 (single) and $24,000 (married filing jointly), but for individuals who itemize and deduct their charitable contributions, the new tax law has made matters a bit more complicated. According to the IRS, a total of 36,624,000...

Challenge To Sales Tax “Physical Presence Test” To Be Heard By The Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case that stands to change sales tax collection and remittance laws for out-of-state and online retailers. Rapid growth and an outdated law In 1992, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Quill Corp. v. North Dakota that states may not collect sales tax...