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How will shelter in place orders impact tax obligations?

States throughout the country have issued shelter-in-place and stay-at-home orders in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Even those who have not received official orders may be taking similar actions on the advice of the federal government and medical professionals. Although social distancing may curb the spread of COVID-19, it could also result in unforeseen consequences. One example: tax issues. 

2 important lessons from recent income tax evasion case

The United States government recently accused an East Coast man of stealing money from his business. According to court documents, the accused had business interests in three businesses that operated largely in cash. The prosecution claims the accused took cash from these businesses and deposited it directly into his personal accounts.

DOJ accuses Israel's largest bank of helping hide assets

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) recently announced the filing of criminal charges against the largest bank in Israel for attempting to hide assets for United States taxpayers looking to avoid their tax obligations. According to the DOJ, the bank actively hid assets for United States taxpayers from 2002 through 2014. These actions included opening accounts under pseudonyms and filing false federal tax returns.

IRS takes small business owner to court, claims tax fraud

The government recently accused a small business owner of various tax crimes. The woman owned a tax preparation business. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) claimed she prepared false and fraudulent income tax returns. More specifically, the agency claimed the following violations:

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