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Celebrity Docket – Spelling’s Opulent Lifestyle Leads to Tax Liens

Actress Tori Spelling and her actor husband Dean McDermott are   living large, but they are struggling financially. The couple owes the State of California almost $300,000 in back taxes and were recently hit with a Federal Tax Lien for over $700,000. Both bills were for unpaid...
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How to Become “Bullet-Proof” When You Can’t Afford to Pay the IRS

My grandma always used to say “You can’t squeeze blood from a turnip”. I never understood what that meant as a kid, but after negotiating with the IRS on behalf of taxpayers for over 25 years, I now understand it completely. The IRS can send you letter after letter, they can call...
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Tax Court Judge Indicted for Conspiracy & Tax Evasion

A federal grand jury has indicted Judge Diane Kroupa and her lobbyist husband Robert Fackler on charges of tax evasion, obstruction of a tax audit, conspiracy, and making and subscribing false tax returns. Kroupa left her job as a senior tax partner at the largest law firm in...
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IRS Revenue Officer Falsified Returns

A New York man is facing some serious prison time, and must pay more than $70,000 in restitution. James C. Brewer of Staten Island was an IRS Revenue Officer, but for some reason, he thought it was a good idea to cheat on his taxes and hide outside sources of income. Brewer, 39,...
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BlackFin Made a Deal, and a match!

Michael K. was a man in love. He was also a man in hot water with the IRS. Michael had some financial troubles over the years. He wanted to marry his fiancé, but he was living paycheck to paycheck, and owed the IRS $60,000. Michael owned a home, but it was heavily encumbered with...
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Not a New Concept

Taxes have been around for thousands of years. In fact, the Rosetta Stone, the most significant relic of Egyptian history, is a tax-oriented document. It was inscribed around 200 B.C. during the reign of the boy-king Ptolemy V. It was so important that it was written in three...
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The Price of Political Power

Politics isn’t cheap. Winning a House seat cost candidates an average of $1.5 million in campaign spending in 2014. That is up 171% since 1994. Winning a Senate seat in 2014 cost an average of $9.7 million, which is up 115% from what it was in 1994. – OK, so it cost them a...
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Foundation President Driscoll Indicted

A charity established to assist veterans has apparently been assisting its president with funds meant for those veterans. Federal prosecutors have announced an eight-count indictment against Patricia P. Driscoll, the president of the Washington-based Armed Forces Foundation. In a...
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IRS Priorities

You may find this hard to believe, but the IRS tax manual actually has instructions for collecting taxes after a nuclear war. We’re guessing that paying taxes is not going to be a priority for anyone living in irradiated rubble, but rest assured, the IRS has a plan in plac...
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Charter School CEO Guilty of Tax Fraud

61-year-old Nicholas Trombetta of East Liverpool, Ohio has recently admitted that he abused the system and stole funds meant for students and their education. As CEO of the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School, Trombetta created a series of for-profit and not-for-profit entities...
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