IRS Warns to Not Be a Victim to “Ghost” Tax Return Preparers
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IRS Warns to Not Be a Victim to “Ghost” Tax Return Preparers

With each annual tax filing season, the Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers to avoid unethical “ghost” tax return preparers. What are ‘Ghost’ Tax Return Preparers According to the IRS, a ghost preparer does not sign a tax return they prepare. Unscrupulous ghost preparers will print the return and tell the taxpayer to sign and mail…

State Bar of Georgia Petitions IRS Chief for Service Improvements
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State Bar of Georgia Petitions IRS Chief for Service Improvements

In December, 2022, Jeff Cohen acting in his capacity as the Chairperson of the Section of Taxation of the State Bar of Georgia, sent a letter to the Commissioner of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service to share a recent member survey of service performance being experienced with tax cases. This communication comes in response to…

The Taxpayer Bill of Rights Series: The Right to Appeal an IRS Decision in an Independent Forum
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The Taxpayer Bill of Rights Series: The Right to Appeal an IRS Decision in an Independent Forum

[This article is the fifth in a series of articles covering the Taxpayer Bill of Rights.] The Taxpayer Bill of Rights is a cornerstone document that highlights the fundamental rights taxpayers have when dealing with the IRS. The IRS continues to publicly highlight these rights to taxpayers and regularly reminds its employees about these rights…

Justice Department Ramps Up Tax Avoidance & Fraud Investigations
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Justice Department Ramps Up Tax Avoidance & Fraud Investigations

Taxpayers are being urged to pay careful attention to the upcoming reporting and filing obligations according to the Department of Justice’s Tax Division. Willfully filing false tax returns or deliberate tax avoidance are serious criminal offenses. “Our criminal prosecutors are prepared for tax filing season too,” said Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg…