By: Eli S. Noff, Esq., CPA, Partner and Mary F. Lundstedt, Esq., Associate On January 13, 2016, exercising its authority under the Bank Secrecy Act, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued Geographic Targeting Orders (GTOs), creating an anti-money-laundering data program which requires title insurance companies [...]
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By: Eli S. Noff, Esq., CPA, Partner & Mary Lundstedt, Esq., Associate The objective of the recently expired Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (OVDP) enabled willful U.S. taxpayers with undisclosed foreign assets to become compliant with U.S. tax laws, while concurrently avoiding serious statutory civil penalties and practically removing any [...]
If you owe the Internal Revenue Service a significant amount of money in back taxes, you may be wondering what your options are to resolve this debt. It is important to know that the IRS does offer a number of tax relief programs for those in situations such as yours [...]
When you owe a substantial and accruing amount of tax debt to the Internal Revenue Service, it can feel absolutely crushing. The prospect of going up against a large federal agency, particularly the IRS, will stress and intimidate most of us. In such cases, it is important that you don't [...]
By: Mary Lundstedt, Esq., Associate and Rebecca Sheppard, Esq., AssociateHave you ever considered filing an offer in compromise with the IRS to "settle your debt for pennies on the dollar"? Until recently, filing an offer in compromise was believed to create an automatic hold on collection action--i.e., the IRS would [...]
Tax time can be confusing and stressful particularly if you are trying to itemize your deductions and haven't been very well organized about keeping track of your expenses and income. Many tax forms tend to be complex and even somewhat intimidating that some tax preparers feel they could use a [...]
By Eli S. Noff, Esq., CPA, Partner Mary Lundstedt, Esq. The taxpayer in Berkun v. Commissioner1 ultimately raised two collection due process arguments too late for consideration on appeal, but the Eleventh Circuit apparently found them worthy enough to highlight in a published opinion. Although the Eleventh Circuit uses a [...]
By: Eli S. Noff, Partner and Peter Palsen Jakarta, Indonesia - 1990 The aroma of my strong Java coffee blended with the smell of the dark teak paneling of the conference room of my client's office. I glanced at my U.S.-citizen client and then back to the two bankers who [...]
The tax audit process in Florida can be a harrowing one. Often times, after the audit is done, you just pay what you owe and move on. But there are times when you might not be satisfied with the results of the tax audit. The tax auditor may be [...]
Be Vigilant When Hiring A Tax Preparer: Two Tax Preparers in Maryland Guilty of Filing False Returnsadmin2018-12-08T22:06:43+00:00
By Glen Frost, Managing Partner and Mary Lundstedt, Esq., AssociateThe Comptroller’s Field Enforcement Division and the Criminal Investigations Division of the Maryland Attorney General’s Office, working in tandem, investigated and prosecuted two more Maryland tax preparers—resulting in guilty pleas. On July 24, 2018, Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh [...]