Tag Archives: Tax Fraud

IRS Strengthens Integrity of ITIN System

Courtesy of the IRS For more information about the reason the system needs strengthening…read TaxMama’s MarketWatch article. WASHINGTON –– The Internal Revenue Service announced today updated procedures to strengthen the Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) program requirements. The new modifications and documentation standards further protect the integrity of the ITIN application and refund processes while helping […]

Wife Filed Alone

Today TaxMama® hears from Francis in the TaxQuips Forum with this problem. “For some reason that only she understands, my wife decided to filed separately, as head of household (she is working and I am not as I lost my job for health troubles). I filed as married filing separately with no income to declare. […]

If You Love me

Today TaxMama® hears from Cheryl in the TaxQuips Forum who triggers a line of thought. Her client has under-reported income for many years. And it reminded me of other tax pros, including myself, who were asked by family members to help them under-report their income. The usual argument is “If you love me, you’ll file […]

Really Innocent Spouse

Today TaxMama hears from Fred in the TaxQuips Forum, with this problem. “My ex-wife and I were legally divorced in Sept. 2008.  For the tax year 2008, she filed as married, filing jointly.  She withdrew her entire 401(k) fund and was penalized for early withdrawal.  She now owes the IRS over $10,000. Because she filed […]

Return Changed by Preparer Prior to E-Filing

Courtesy of David & Mary Mellem, EAs A PMTA is a document that contains legal advice signed by attorneys in the National Office of the Office of Chief Counsel and issued to IRS personnel who are national program executives and managers.  They are useful for taxpayers since they explain what the rules are in certain […]

IRS Begins Enforcement of New Return Preparer Rules

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service is taking steps to stop tax preparers with criminal tax convictions or permanent injunctions from preparing tax returns. This is just one of several recent moves to improve the quality and oversight of the tax preparation industry. More than 700,000 tax preparers nationwide have registered with the IRS and […]

IRS Holds My Refund

Today TaxMama hears from Jelani, in the TaxQuips Forum with a problem. “I have a hold on my 2010 tax refund. The IRS says that in 2007, 2008, 2009 I paid enough mortgage interest to file taxes on, but I haven’t filed since 2005. The mortgage payments that I made were made using the equity of the […]

New IRS Oversight of Tax Preparers Will Take Several Years to Become Fully Operational

Courtesy of TIGTA: WASHINGTON -­ New Federal oversight of paid tax preparers will not be fully operational until 2014, according to a report publicly released today by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA). While the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is requiring an estimated one million paid tax preparers to register and receive Preparer […]

Ex Falsified Return

Today TaxMama  hears from John in the TaxQuips Forum. John tells us  “my client’s ex-husband filed their tax return online last year and had the refund check deposited into his own account. My client did not get to see the return until it was forced out of her ex-husband during their divorce case.” (there’s more…)

Lying About Personal Residence

Today TaxMama hears from George in Indiana, with this question. “I bought two houses, one of which was purchased in 1999. I lived there until 2007, then rented out and moved to Texas. I also bought another house that is next to my first residence in 2004. I rented out the 2nd house two years […]