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Romney's Secrecy: Did He Get Away With It?
The Plank on TNR.com (blog)October 31, 2012

As tax experts have noted, there are any number of reasons why Romney doesn't want to release more of his taxes—it's possible he participated in an IRS amnesty program for secret foreign bank accounts; it's more possible he gamed the system to avoid ...more »

More evidence key dark money group may have misled IRS
TucsonSentinel.comOctober 31, 2012

As ProPublica and Frontline have previously reported, when WTP applied for recognition of its tax-exempt status, the group also told the IRS under penalty of perjury that it would not directly or indirectly attempt to influence elections. Yet even ...more »

More evidence key dark money group may have misled IRS
GalesburgPlanet.comOctober 31, 2012

On Monday, a lawyer for LeFer confirmed them by sending a letter to Montana authorities explaining that the car was stolen from a homeschooling conference in Denver. The lawyer said the documents were stolen property and “evidence regarding the ...more »

More Evidence Key Dark Money Group May Have Misled IRS
ProPublicaOctober 31, 2012

As ProPublica and Frontline have previously reported, when WTP applied for recognition of its tax-exempt status, the group also told the IRS under penalty of perjury that it would not directly or indirectly attempt to influence elections. Yet even ...more »

Neat Trick? Attorney-Client Privilege From an Accountant
ForbesOctober 29, 2012

Thanks to attorney-client privilege, if you tell your lawyer you are hiding money offshore, the IRS can't make your lawyer talk. The IRS generally can't even make your lawyer produce documents. See Latest Foreign Account Prosecution Fuels Fears.more »

Beating an IRS Audit
Melodika.net (press release)October 27, 2012

To conquer the IRS audit, there are several things that has to be done and the scenario can end up worse if a person don't perform it properly. Seeking an expert help will be the best option for you during this difficult situation. An IRS tax lawyer...more »

Why the IRS Has Stopped Auditing Churches—Even One that Calls President ...
ChristianityToday.comOctober 26, 2012

"Vote for the Mormon, not the Muslim! The Capitalist, not the Communist!" read the sign outside Church of the Valley in Leakey, Texas. Beyond its inaccuracies, it was a clear violation of federal tax code, which prohibits nonprofits from doing anything ...more »

Churches openly defy IRS on pulpit politics
Washington TimesOctober 25, 2012

“The IRS has been silent since we started this back in 2008,” said Erik Stanley, legal counsel for the Arizona-based alliance who is helping to oversee the initiative. “They've been very good at enforcing the Johnson Amendment through intimidation in ...more »

Taxman mum as pastors challenge political restrictions
Washington TimesOctober 25, 2012

That delay may be the real roadblock stopping the IRS from cracking down on the Alliance Defending Freedom and churches, said John Pomeranz, a lawyer who specializes in lobbying and election-related activities by tax-exempt organizations. “We have ...more »

County won't budge, IRS document being withheld
Norman TranscriptOctober 25, 2012

The IRS wanted to know whether the “amount of issuance was appropriate at $52 million,” said Carol Dillingham, assistant district attorney assigned to the case. The IRS also has been concerned with how the bond proceeds were being spent, Dillingham ...more »

Oakland Zoo Operators Violate Election Laws
East Bay ExpressOctober 24, 2012

In addition, the Zoological Society has violated a legal contract it signed with the City of Oakland in 2004 and is still in effect. That contract states that the Zoological Society "shall not use the property for political purposes, ... another ...more »

7 vie for 3 seats on PGA water, sewer board
TCPalmOctober 23, 2012

Horan, 70, is president of his homeowners association, an Army veteran and retired lawyer who specialized in corporate law, mergers and acquisitions. ... Henry is a University of Pennsylvania accounting graduate who worked as an auditor for Bristol ...more »

Konadu Exposed For Non-Payment Of Taxes
Vibe GhanaOctober 23, 2012

Records show that Nana Konadu received a judgment debt payment of GHC 5 million, but when she received the cheque, Sly Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings wanted to play a fast one on the lawyer who helped her to win the case. The Ghana Palaver ... Some heads ...more »

Konadu Exposed For Non-Payment Of Taxes
GhanaWebOctober 22, 2012

Records show that Nana Konadu received a judgment debt payment of GHC 5 million, but when she received the cheque, Sly Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings wanted to play a fast one on the lawyer who helped her to win the case. The Ghana Palaver ... Some heads ...more »

Charge of not filing tax return in 20 years leaves observers scratching their ...
Post-TribuneOctober 20, 2012

Two local lawyers who deal with IRS cases say the time it took to charge her with a crime is indeed strange. “I was really scratching my head,” Paul Kohlhoff, ... “You can't audit every return,” he said. It can take several years to catch someone this ...more »

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