Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Family Enterprise

According to Entrepreneur Magazine, family businesses experience success when there is unity among family members, a mission that goes beyond financial gain, a vision, and a plan for the next generation. A woman from Grand Rapids, Michigan was the matriarch of a family tax...

Turning Property Fraud Cases into Newly Found Revenue for Your Jurisdiction

State and local governments depend on revenue from property tax collection to provide many vital community services such as education, public works, public safety and social services. While most citizens are responsible and pay their taxes, there are others who don’t pay their fair share. When fraudsters evade tax and revenue departments by inaccurately reporting property values or usage, not filing taxes or engaging in other fraudulent activities, the result causes lost revenue and back taxes totaling millions of dollars.

Pawning off the Kids

There are some parents who pawn their kids off to other relatives or friends to watch and take care of them as often as possible. Perhaps this is fun for grandparents who love to have their grandchildren visit on a regular basis, but today’s...

Zapped!

 Three of the most common methods for committing business tax fraud are under-reporting income, over-reporting expenses and not reporting taxes at all. The owners of a Japanese steak house in Duluth, Minnesota chose to under-report their business income. They committed tax fraud by using...

Waiting by the Mailbox

The old school method for receiving tax refunds used to involve waiting patiently for the mailman to drop it off in the mailbox. Today, the most efficient and safe way to receive a tax refund is via a direct deposit into your bank account....

Nothing Routine About It

During a routine traffic stop, a driver is usually questioned, asked to present a driver’s license, registration and proof of insurance. When an officer pulled over a man from Miami, Florida who was travelling through Lowndes County, Georgia, he found more than he ever...

Crystal Ball

Today’s “Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled, “Hermosa Beach ‘Psychic’ Sentenced For Tax Fraud,” posted on Patch.com. A Hermosa Beach man who is a self-proclaimed psychic was sentenced to six years in federal prison and his wife received two years behind bars for a filing fraudulent tax returns and passing bad checks in an effort to pay of their debts.

Singing the Jail House Blues

The Chicago blues style of music originated in the 1950s and made its way across the United States and over the pond to the United Kingdom and beyond in the 1960s. The music, which is characterized by lyrics that express injustice, desire for a...

Swept Under the Rug

When new business owners set up their companies, it’s no secret that they must pay taxes to Uncle Sam. Depending upon the type of company established, businesses must pay income tax, estimated taxes, self-employment (if the company owner works for themselves), employment taxes, and...

Playing with Dynamite

TNT, another word for dynamite, is a chemical compound used mainly for demolition purposes and mining. A Danville, Virginia man, who named one of his two tax businesses using the same three letters, committed tax refund fraud which ignited the federal government’s determination to...
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