DMX’s attorney cannot persuade the judge to go light on the tax fraud

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Rapper DMX’s attorney played the rapper’s song “Slippin’” during his sentencing on Wednesday to help the musician express his struggles, but it was not enough to convince a judge to let the rapper off the hook. Instead DMX got 1 year in prison for tax fraud. Questions: 1. According to court records, how long did… Read more »

Hidden Blacklist

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According to Politico, the new tax law includes a little-noticed blacklist barring people working in certain fields, and earning more than $157,500, from claiming a new 20 percent deduction for unincorporated businesses called pass-throughs. Questions: Why did the Congressmen decide that pass-throughs should be limited? Who ultimately gets to make the decision? According to Acting IRS… Read more »

What a Business Model!

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In 2008, a thriving company named Science Care Inc developed a 55-page national expansion plan. Read what happened! Questions: 1. What was the company’s goal? 2. What company did Science Care Inc. model? 3. How much did the company earn From 2012 through 2014? 4. If a person donates a whole body when they die,… Read more »

From White House to the Big House?

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It was only a week ago that President Donald Trump was praising Caterpillar Co. for producing such great bulldozers, as he met with company Chairman Doug Oberhelman at the White House. Less than a week later, officials from the Commerce Department, Internal Revenue Service, Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and Illinois State Police moved in and… Read more »

Uncle Sam Picked the Wrong Cash Cow!

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According to the Washington Post, dairy farmer Randy Sowers has gotten back all the money seized by Federal agents from in his bank account. Questions: 1. Briefly describe the underlying issue in this story. 2. What is smurfing? Is this what Sowers did? 3. Why was Sowers successful in getting his money back? Discuss. 4…. Read more »

That’s Billion with a “B!”

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According to the Washington Post, the IRS paid $3.1 billion in bogus tax refunds in 2014 due to ID theft. Yes, that’s billion with a “B.” Questions: 1. How many individual tax returns did the IRS process in 2015? 2. What percentage and amount did the IRS identify as fraudulent claims before it paid them?… Read more »

Tax Dodging Clusters?

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According to Stacy Cowley of the New York Times, only around 1.5 percent of self-employed taxpayers are audited each year. Audits are not random, because the IRS has a secret algorithm that calculates how likely each taxpayer is to have unreported income. In looking at sizing up the honesty of small-business owners, the Taxpayer Advocate… Read more »

Be sure to remember your server!

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According to the Washington Post, after a change in tax rules last year, the auto-gratuity added to the bill of large parties at restaurants is on its way out. Questions: 1. What is the new rule that the Internal Revenue Service imposed on restaurants that led to this change? 2. How does this change lead… Read more »

Whistleblower in an Unusual Case

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According to Newsweek, David Danon, a former Vanguard tax lawyer, became a whistleblower two years ago when he filed formal complaints with the Internal Revenue Service and many state taxing agencies claiming that Vanguard’s low fees are an illegal tax dodge. Questions: 1. According to a 2006 law, how much could Danon stand to collect… Read more »

Like-Kind Exchange Being Challenged in the Art World

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According to Josh Baer, “You can defer millions of dollars of taxes,” with the like kind exchange for high-end art.Experts say the use of this tax break has expanded in response to surging prices for art and the rising number of savvy investors, often veterans of the real estate industry or Wall Street, who have… Read more »