Tax Resolution Times

"Read About Taxpayers with IRS Problems &  Find Out How to Solve Them" 
July 2017
Tax Conflict Specialist, Speaker, Educator

      Inside this edition:

  • "Soup Natzi" Tells the IRS, "No Taxes for You!"
  • IRS Employee Turned Thief is Indicted
  • Illinois Woman Gets Jail Time for Filing False Tax Returns
  • Your IRS Questions Answered Here...
  • Businessman Who Stole Money from NFL Players Gets Sacked by the IRS
  • For the Foodies - Cauliflower "Potato" Salad
  • A bit of tax humor...

‘Soup Nazi’ Tells the IRS,“No Taxes for You!”

Robert Bertrand of NY, CFO of the Soupman, Inc, which holds the licenses to the name and recipes of the “Soup Nazi” made famous by the TV show “Seinfeld”, was indicted on 20 counts of failure to pay Medicare, Social Security, and federal income taxes.

Prosecutors allege that between 2010 and 2014, Bertrand paid his employees cash on the side and did not collect or pay the required withholding taxes. In addition, Bertrand compensated certain employees large stock awards which were never reported to the IRS. The approximate total amount of unreported cash and stock compensation was $2,850,967, which translates to a loss to the US of $593,971. Bertrand’s employees also face a loss of any future social security and Medicare payments.

It’s also alleged that Bertrand received a warning from an external auditor in 2012 that these payments should be reported to the IRS but chose to ignore it. The indictment suggests that he cannot claim ignorance.

If convicted, Bertrand could face five years in prison plus monetary fines and restitution. A trial date is pending.
Thank You for the Kind Words...
Gulie S.

IRS Employee Turned Thief is Indicted

An employee at the IRS office in Atlanta, GA, Stephanie Parker was indicted on charges of wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.

Parker has access to taxpayer’s personal information, including social security numbers and dates of birth.
  It’s alleged that between September 2012 and April 2013, she used this information to file fraudulent tax returns for refunds. Parker had the refunds deposited into a nominee bank account where she would then use the money to purchase money orders.

If convicted, she faces a maximum sentence of 20 years for each count of wire fraud and 2 years for identity theft, plus restitution and monetary penalties.

Your IRS Questions Answered Here...
Question -   I just received a letter form the IRS informing me they want to audit my 2015 income tax return. I really didn’t need this right now. What should I do?

Answer - First, take a deep breath knowing there is expert help available to you. As part of the IRS’s audit process they’ll ask you dozens of very innocent sounding questions, however many of these can be invasive as well as intrusive.  The answers to which can “seal” your fate with the IRS auditor. But there is a “right way” to answers these questions. The IRS’s mission is to determine the accuracy of your tax return and they will leave no stone unturned to accomplish this.  We have found that many taxpayers who decide to handle an IRS audit themselves wind up with a substantial bill owing the IRS thousands of dollars. Auditors are trained to obtain information from you that in a lot of cases is not required under the law. They get away with this because most people fear them and don’t know their rights.

Our clients generally NEVER meet or speak with the IRS. We handle everything for you so you don’t have to take time away from your job or business to deal with all of the IRS’s paperwork. Simply forward your audit letter to us and we’ll handle the rest.   Don’t let them walk all over you. We know the law.  We know your rights. We can help!

We at SFS Tax Problem Solutions are experts in tax resolution and help taxpayers like you with their IRS Problems every day.

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Illinois Woman Gets Jail Time for Filing False Tax Returns

Shameka Carr, formerly of Poplar Grove, Il, was sentenced to 87 months in prison, three years supervised release and ordered to pay $365,764 in restitution to the IRS.

From 2012 to 2014, Carr used stolen IDs requesting refunds in the form of prepaid debit cards and refund checks be mailed to addresses she controlled.

In court, Carr admitted to the intended loss to the IRS in the amount of $1,026,284.


Businessman Who Stole Money from NFL Players Gets Sacked by the IRS

A businessman from High Point, NC, Michael Rowan, who provided financial services to professional athletes, including NFL players was sentenced to 65 months in prison for filing a false 2011 tax return and wire fraud.

Rowan would contact prospective NFL players in college offering them financial and wealth management services.  Upon being drafted by the NFL, Rowan would offer his services for an annual fee of $15,000 to $50,000 and have them sign agreements that allowed him access to their bank accounts.

Instead of only making transactions that his clients authorized, Rowan transferred more than $2.9 million into his own personal accounts without the player’s knowledge.  From 2009 to 2013, Rowan failed to report the embezzled funds on his federal tax returns.  This caused a net loss of more than $479,000 to the IRS.

In addition to jail time, Rowan will have one year supervised release and ordered to pay restitution to his victims in the amount of $2,960,295 and $479,352 to the IRS.
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Jeffrey Schneider, EA, CTRS, NTPI Fellow
10570 S US Highway 1, Ste. 203
Port St Lucie, FL 34952

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Served with grilled jalapenos stuffed with cheddar wrapped hot dogs (and faux hot dogs... Ali is a Pescatarian) ... Yummy! 
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