Falsifying Tax Returns Bad Business Plan

Falsifying Tax Returns Bad Business Plan
One fun thing about my Google Alert settings is it gives me a chance to see all the crap people pull to try to cheat the government. Like this one about an Ohio governor candidate’s son falsifying tax returns in order to cash in on fabricated refund amounts. I’m sure candidate Larry Ealy is reconsidering ...

Tax Evasion in Fort Collins

Tax Evasion in Fort Collins
The Coloradoan (I always thought we were Coloradans. My life is a lie.) reported the other day about a Fort Collins man charged with tax evasion. The report estimated that he has dodged about $131,000 in payment. Using my astounding math skills, and pulling an 18% tax rate out of you-know-where, he made about $730k that he ...

IRS Facebook Data Mining

IRS Facebook Data Mining
Here’s a fun little reminder from Marketplace (which I got through Engadget, of all places): The IRS Facebook page is used for more than just playing Candy Crush Saga, they’re also scouring your records for any potential tax fraud. To quote Marketplace: Those fancy vacation photos you posted on Instagram? The Facebook status update about your ...

Tax Day Deals

Tax Day Deals
Happy Tax Day, all! Hopefully your returns are all filed (or extended) and your tax burden wasn’t too onerous. For those looking for a bit of a pick me up after dealing with all that IRS lingo, I’ve compiled a list of Tax Day Deals that various companies are offering around the country. UPDATE: I ...

House of Cards Tax Break Fiasco

House of Cards Tax Break Fiasco
Early this week I received a brief snippet about Maryland failing to approve a $3.5 million tax break increase to films created in Maryland, potentially ending ‘House of Cards’ filming run in the Old Line State (I don’t get that nickname. Any insight?). Since my video queue is already backlogged with brutal zombie slaying and ...

Your IRS Tax Return Is (Apparently) Easy

Your IRS Tax Return Is (Apparently) Easy
A new Associated Press-GfK poll indicated that most people think their IRS Tax Return was both easy to file and correct. 58% percent said it was easy, and 86% said they are “extremely confident or very confident that they filled them out correctly.” This is all despite H&R Block’s constant refrain that self preparers of ...

PwC’s Terrible Naming Strategy&

PwC's Terrible Naming Strategy&
Many years ago, I was in the waiting room at a doctor’s office, sorting through expired magazines in search of something actually worth reading (this was before smartphones, when everything was so. boring. all the time). A patient at the front desk was making a bit of a ruckus about getting his contact information updated, ...

Is Caterpillar hiding $2.4 billion in taxes?

Is Caterpillar hiding $2.4 billion in taxes?
News reports have started flying about that Caterpillar has managed to subvert more than $2.4 billion dollars in US tax revenue into Switzerland. The report is part of a Senate subcommittee on investigations under chairman Carl Levin, a Michigan Democrat. To quote the Guardian: The congressional investigation was sparked by a whistleblower who sued Caterpillar ...