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Despite Policy Change, IRS Continues Civil Asset Seizures.

Surprise, surprise! Even though last year the IRS announced, under pressure from Congress, that it would stop pursuing American businesses that have had no ties to drug dealing, money laundering or other illegal activities in their Civil Asset Seizure program, it seems nothing has really changed. Recently the IRS turned the life of a small business owner in North Carolina upside down and inside out by seizing $107,000 from his bank account.

Tax Resolution Expert, Attorney Lance Drury Attempts to Help Taxpayers Avoid Dishonest Tax Preparers.

Tax resolution attorney Lance Drury, founder of the Law Firm of Lance R. Drury, and best selling author of "Successonomics" shares a story about a tax prepared being indicted for fraud in 482 cases and says that the taxpayers may also be accused of perjury.  St Genevieve, MO, May 19, 2015:Tax resolution attorney Lance Drury, founder of the Law Firm of Lance R. Drury, and best selling author of "Successonomics" posted a new article on the LANCE DRURY LAW website entitled "Take A Lesson From The #1 Tax Lady." Drury begins, "I've said it before and I'll say it again. I am fully aware that most accountants, CPAs, and certified tax preparers are honest, hardworking people whose major objective is to get the best return or minimum tax payment for their clients." He continues, "In pursuit of this goal, however, some tax preparers may overpromise and then cross the lines of legality in their desire to fulfill their promises. Then again, there are those who consciously decide to commit fraud and use their client information to file false returns, steal their client's returns or otherwise participate in criminal activity." As Drury shares, "One case came to light when the U.S. Department of Justice published a press release regarding a series of alleged tax crimes that occurred in Kalamazoo, Michigan by a tax preparer who billed herself as the #1 Tax Lady." He goes on to add, "Currently this is an indictment only, so charges have been filed but not yet proven." According to the press release, writes Drury, "Allegedly the #1 Tax Lady "provided false information to the IRS to ensure that her clients would receive large tax refunds." It is recorded that she did this on 482 tax returns that resulted in deductions approaching $2 million. This could result in a prison sentence of 5 years for each of the 482 charges. " "The point of sharing this story," says Drury, "is in the spirit of helping innocent taxpayers avoid making the mistake of being fooled by those rare preparers who are willing to cross the line and make outrageous promises about huge returns or minimal tax payments." As he elaborates, "That's because those taxpayers who employ the services of the preparer who is being investigated or indicted are held responsible for reviewing the returns and agreeing to what is on the returns. If the taxpayers' returns are scrutinized, and they will be when the preparer is being indicted for fraud, and it is decided that they owe taxes, they will be held liable for paying the back taxes as well as any and all penalties and interest due. The taxpayer could also be charged with perjury since signing a tax return means everything on it is true." The entire article can be found at /take-a-lesson-from-the-1-tax-lady/ About Lance Drury Tax Attorney Lance Drury, founder of the Law Firm of Lance R. Drury, has been practicing law since 1984 and began representing individuals and businesses in disputes with the Internal Revenue Service in 2006.  With offices located in Ste. Genevieve and Columbia, Missouri, Drury has positioned himself as a leading attorney in the state for IRS tax resolution issues.  He is able to evaluate the unique situation of clients and provide them with honest answers and a specific plan to best resolve their tax problems About The Lance Drury Law Firm Since 2006, the Law Firm of Lance R. Drury has been representing individuals and businesses in disputes with the Internal Revenue Service and State of Missouri Tax Commission. With offices located in Ste. Genevieve and Columbia, Missouri, we're proud to be your local choice for Missouri tax services. ###      

Take A Lesson From The #1 Tax Lady.

I've said it before and I'll say it again. I am fully aware that most accountants, CPAs, and certified tax preparers are honest, hardworking people whose major objective is to get the best return or minimum tax payment for their clients. In pursuit of this goal, however, some tax preparers may overpromise and then cross the lines of legality in their desire to fulfill their promises. Then again, there are those who consciously decide to commit fraud and use their client information to file false returns, steal their client's returns or otherwise participate in criminal activity. One case came to light when the U.S. Department of Justice published a press release regarding a series of alleged tax crimes that occurred in Kalamazoo, Michigan by a tax preparer who billed herself as the #1 Tax Lady. Currently this is an indictment only, so charges have been filed but not yet proven. Allegedly the #1 Tax Lady "provided false information to the IRS to ensure that her clients would receive large tax refunds." It is recorded that she did this on 482 tax returns that resulted in deductions approaching $2 million. This could result in a prison sentence of 5 years for each of the 482 charges. This same preparer also faces charges for alleged improprieties on her own income tax filings for 2010 and 2011. According to the Department of Justice press release, "Prosecutors have alleged that the #1 Tax Lady did not report the income from her tax preparation business in these returns and that she claimed a deceased individual as a dependent. Upon conviction, filing a false return can be punished with a prison sentence of up to 3 years." If this tax preparer is found guilty, she will be spending a very long time in prison and her clients will wish they never knew her Taxpayer Responsibility  The point of sharing this story is in the spirit of helping innocent taxpayers avoid making the mistake of being fooled by those rare preparers who are willing to cross the line and make outrageous promises about huge returns or minimal tax payments. That's because those taxpayers who employ the services of the preparer who is being investigated or indicted are held responsible for reviewing the returns and agreeing to what is on the returns. If the taxpayers' returns are scrutinized, and they will be when the preparer is being indicted for fraud, and it is decided that they owe taxes, they will be held liable for paying the back taxes as well as any and all penalties and interest due. The taxpayer could also be charged with perjury since signing a tax return means everything on it is true. The IRS will work with taxpayers who may not be able to pay their taxes when they are due. A reputable tax attorney can work with you if you have been caught up in tax preparer fraud. Be scrupulously honest with your tax returns. Make sure you always review your returns carefully when they are prepared for you. Paying taxes may be difficult and seem unfair. But staying on the right side of the law when it comes to taxes is the best side to be on.  

Tax Resolution Expert, Attorney Lance Drury Says Taxpayer is Implicated When Tax Preparer Charged with Fraud.

Tax resolution attorney Lance Drury, founder of the Law Firm of Lance R. Drury, and best selling author of "Successonomics" says that when a tax preparer is charged with fraud the taxpayer is also implicated and should immediately seek counsel. St Genevieve, MO, May 12, 2015:Tax resolution attorney Lance Drury, founder of the Law Firm of Lance R. Drury, and best selling author of "Successonomics" posted a new blog on the LANCE DRURY LAW website entitled "Was Your Tax Preparer Charged With Fraud?" where he discusses the responsibility of the taxpayer who may not be aware of the devastating impact. As Drury writes, "The ways of getting into IRS trouble seem endless." He continues, "One way that often takes taxpayers by surprise is when the person who prepared their tax returns is indicted for fraud. It's a guilt-by-association situation. All the individuals or businesses whose returns were filed by the preparer are immediately implicated in the fraud." According to Drury, "A tax preparer faced with this kind of allegation will most certainly know they should retain experienced tax counsel. The tax-filer on the other hand, may not be aware of the impact and may hesitate to retain counsel." Drury goes on to expound on the professionalism of most tax preparers. He writes, "It is important to understand that most of the professional CPAs, accountants and certified tax preparers are honest. The demands of meeting tax-filing deadlines requires that they be dedicated and hardworking." He elaborates further, "Without exception the most important thing to a tax preparer is getting the best tax deal for their clients within the letter of the law." The exceptions are what lead to trouble. As Drury says, "Some tax preparers may be too aggressive in making claims or may minimize income amounts in order to reap bigger returns for their clients. And, even more serious are when tax preparers fall into greedy behavior and blatantly steal their clients tax refunds or otherwise misuse their clients funds." The entire blog can be found at /was-your-tax-preparer-charged-with-fraud/   About Lance Drury Tax Attorney Lance Drury, founder of the Law Firm of Lance R. Drury, has been practicing law since 1984 and began representing individuals and businesses in disputes with the Internal Revenue Service in 2006.  With offices located in Ste. Genevieve and Columbia, Missouri, Drury has positioned himself as a leading attorney in the state for IRS tax resolution issues.  He is able to evaluate the unique situation of clients and provide them with honest answers and a specific plan to best resolve their tax problems About The Lance Drury Law Firm Since 2006, the Law Firm of Lance R. Drury has been representing individuals and businesses in disputes with the Internal Revenue Service and State of Missouri Tax Commission. With offices located in Ste. Genevieve and Columbia, Missouri, we're proud to be your local choice for Missouri tax services. ###    

Was Your Tax Preparer Charged With Fraud?

The ways of getting into IRS trouble seem endless. One way that often takes taxpayers by surprise is when the person who prepared their tax returns is indicted for fraud. It’s a guilt-by-association situation. All the individuals or businesses whose returns were filed by the preparer are immediately implicated in the fraud.A tax preparer faced with this kind of allegation will most certainly know they should retain experienced tax counsel. The tax-filer on the other hand, may not be aware of the impact and may hesitate to retain counsel. It is a difficult situation to fully understand for someone who is not a professional preparer.It is important to understand that most of the professional CPAs, accountants and certified tax preparers are honest. The demands of meeting tax-filing deadlines requires that they be dedicated and hardworking. Without exception the most important thing to a tax preparer is getting the best tax deal for their clients within the letter of the law. But, there are exceptions. Some tax preparers may be too aggressive in making claims or may minimize income amounts in order to reap bigger returns for their clients. And, even more serious are when tax preparers fall into greedy behavior and blatantly steal their clients tax refunds or otherwise misuse their clients funds.If you are a tax preparer facing an IRS investigation or if you are a tax filer whose returns were filed by someone facing an investigation, the attorneys at the Law Firm of Lance R. Drury are dedicated and experienced at resolving these types of problems. Don’t hesitate to call on us or another tax attorney. You’re going to need the best representation possible because guilt by association does not diminish one bit of responsibility.

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