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December 2012 Archives

Tax liens in Texas: Uncle Sam is not the only player

If you owe a tax debt to the U.S. government, the IRS can assert a claim to your property through a federal tax lien. The lien asserts the government's interest in real estate, bank accounts and other property, until the debt is paid.

Foreign accounts: the role of intergovernmental agreements

For several years, fears about the impact of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act have extended well beyond the tax professional community. One concern is that FATCA will create unduly burdensome regulatory requirements for financial institutions.

Criminal Convictions Overturned in the Second Circuit

On November 29, 2012 the Second Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the convictions of two former Ernst & Young employees, Martin Nissenbaum and Richard Shapiro. Convictions of two other employees, Robert Coplan and Brian Vaughn, were affirmed in the same decision. All four criminal convictions at the district court level came after Ernst & Young had already agreed to pay $15 million to the IRS to settle an examination of tax shelters created by the accounting firm.

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