Category Archives: Fraud

Ponzi Scheme

Today TaxMama hears from Louis in South Carolina who says, “I lost $30,000 in an ‘’Investment Pool’’ that turned out to be a Ponzi scheme (see link in Resource Box below). The perpetrator was convicted at the end of 2007. How do I claim this loss on my taxes for 2007?”

IRS Names Four New Frivolous Claims to Avoid

Courtesy of the Internal Revenue Service WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today issued a notice that lists four additional erroneous legal positions that taxpayers should refrain from using as an excuse to avoid paying their taxes. An individual or group may not avoid paying their fair share of taxes by making “frivolous” legal arguments […]

Procedure Unveiled for Reporting Violations of the Tax Law, Making Reward Claims

Courtesy of the Internal Revenue Service IR-2007-201, Dec. 19, 2007 WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today outlined ways informants can report violations of the tax law and possibly claim a reward based on the amount of additional tax, penalties and interest that is owed. “Since Congress enacted new procedures increasing award amounts last year, […]

Scams and Phishing

Today TaxMama hears from our buddy Blake, who sends us many of the Money Funnies you enjoy so much. Blake asks, “Just where do I forward the spam and scams and phishing e-mails to the IRS when I get them or hear about them? I am particularly concerned about those e-mails asking for donations in […]

Forged 2005

Today we hear from Veronica in New York who has this story. “I received a letter from IRS requesting $2,800 for 2005. I was married in 2005, but left my husband on September 1, 2005 and haven’t been back since. I filed my own separate income tax for year 2005 and did not know that […]

Stock Theft Loss

Today we hear from Sal in New York who’s angry, “After the smoke from subprime mortgages starts to clear, if CEO’s are convicted of fraud and sentenced to prison terms, do investors’ stock losses created by the CEO’s criminal actions fall under IRS regulations of capital loss or embezzlement? Do taxpayers have the option to […]

Trustee Theft

Today we hear from Jack in Oregon who wants to know, “If a co-trustee of a irrevocable trust converts trust assets for his own use, can the trust take a theft loss deduction on the trust tax return?”

The Latest Payroll Tax Criminals

You Think YOU Have Payroll Tax Problems? Wait Until You See Who’s Not Paying Payroll Taxes Now! IRS has always relentlessly and passionately pursued employers who are delinquent on their payroll taxes. The Service tends to be rather unforgiving because IRS still has to honor thewithholding from workers’ paychecks – and to issue refunds – […]

New Social Security Mismatch Rule

Shades of 1984 and McCarthyism! This new rule is going further than simply holding employers responsible for ensuring that the workers they hire are all legal. That is as it should be. Everyone should take responsibility for their own actions and choices. However, it includes a snitch-factor – encouraging employees to turn others in – […]