With Tax Season Fast Approaching, IRS Secures Guilty Plea in High-Profile Tax Case Involving Reality TV Star “The Situation” The Internal Revenue Service has announced that the nation’s tax season will begin on Monday, January 29, 2018. As is typically the case, the annual opening of tax season is accompanied by well-publicized enforcement actions intended to warn potential tax cheats of the perils of filing a false tax return. View Full Post
CFTC Continues Federal Crackdown On Virtual Currency Fraud Schemes Yesterday the Commodity Futures Trading Commission announced two enforcement actions as part of a continuing crackdown on virtual currency fraud schemes by numerous federal agencies. (We have previously written about the Securities and Exchange Commission’s efforts in this area here and here.)  And today the CFTC and SEC issued a joint statement reaffirming their agencies’ commitment to continuing to address violations and to bringing legal actions to stop and prevent fraud in the offer and sale of digital instruments. View Full Post
Individuals who owe more than $51,000 in back taxes are now at risk of losing their U.S. passports under a new law requiring the Internal Revenue Service to notify the State Department of taxpayers with “seriously delinquent tax debts.” This month the IRS will begin the process of certifying delinquent taxpayers to the State Department, which is required by law to deny passport applications (or renewal applications) filed by such individuals, and in some instances revoke existing passports.  View Full Post
FinCEN Confirms Marijuana Banking Guidance Remains in Place Despite DOJ Policy Reversal Reuters is reporting today that the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) was caught off guard by Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ announcement last week that the Justice Department was reversing its policy regarding enforcement of federal marijuana laws.  A FinCEN spokesman said in a statement that his agency’s prior pronouncement regarding marijuana banking nevertheless “remains in place,”  referring to guidance issued in February 2014 to clarify Bank Secrecy Act expectations for financial institutions seeking to provide services to marijuana-related businesses.  View Full Post
The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue this week will start mailing “non-participation penalty assessments” to delinquent taxpayers who failed to participate in the 2017 Tax Amnesty program, Revenue Secretary Dan Hassell announced yesterday. “Individuals and businesses that failed to take advantage of the program will be assessed a 5 percent penalty on their unpaid amnesty eligible delinquencies, as the law requires,” Hassell said. View Full Post
Coinbase Urges Bitcoin Users to Pay Their Taxes Coindesk is reporting that Coinbase — the largest U.S.-based Bitcoin exchange and the subject of a recently-concluded “John Doe” summons dispute with the Internal Revenue Service — is reminding its customers of their U.S. tax obligations with a new dashboard banner entitled “Please remember to pay your taxes.”  The banner then links to a “Taxes FAQ” page which states, in part, that “[w]e remind all our customers, both U.S. View Full Post