Thursday, September 11, 2008

Lawyer pleads guilty to charges related to setting up tax shelters

An attorney with the law firm Arnold & Porter pleaded guilty today to criminal tax fraud charges related to the design, marketing and implementing of tax shelters as a way for rich clients to avoid taxes, the Justice Department said.

The lawyer, Peter Cinquegrani, admitted in court that he had helped submit to the Internal Revenue Service false documentation about the tax shelters and taken other steps to support the tax evasion scheme.

At the same time, the IRS announced it had reached a settlement with Arnold & Porter related to charges that the law firm had failed to comply with tax shelter organization requirements and that it had marketed fraudulent tax shelters to clients.

Monday, September 8, 2008

IRS Whistleblower Office inundated with claims

The Internal Revenue Service has received more than 600 reports of tax violations from whistleblowers since the Whistleblower Office was established last year, Tax Notes Today reported Sept. 2.

The Whistleblower Office so far has pursued 80 "high-value" cases out of those whistleblower claims, the trade publication says.

The Tax Notes Today article (subscription required) explores the reason for the skyrocketing number of whistleblower reports. It also examines the tax evasion and tax fraud case against Joseph Francis, whose company was behind the "Girls Gone Wild" videos. His former accountant blew the whistle on him with the IRS.