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Philadelphia Tax Preparer Charged With Helping Clients File Fake Tax Returns

Shawn Sisco, 48, was indicted by a grand jury on 31 counts of fraud and related charges for allegedly preparing tax returns with inflated deductions.


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3 On Your Side: Hiring A Tax Preparer

Tax season is now officially underway and whether you’re filing your returns online or through the mail, the Internal Revenue Service says there are things to consider when hiring someone to prepare that return for you.


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Free Income Tax Help Again Available For Low-Income Philadelphians

The Campaign for Working Families in Philadelphia says now is the time to get ready.


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IRS Warns Early Filers To Wait For Late Tax Law Changes

The new tax laws didn’t take effect until January 2nd, and IRS forms had to be changed and software updated.


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IRS Letting Hurricane Sandy Victims Borrow From 401(K)s Without Penalty

The IRS is easing its hardship rules for victims of Sandy.



IRS To Share Info With Local Authorities in ID Theft Tax Return Frauds

The Internal Revenue Service has agreed to allow local police and prosecutors access to tax information to go after those who are perpetrating tax return fraud.


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Part 4: Government Incentives

“Small businesses overwhelming support the (Obamacare) tax credits. The problem is, they don’t know about them,” says the CEO of a small-business advocacy group.



Sen. Bob Casey Irate Over Ex-Pat Gazillionaires Not Paying US Taxes

Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin renounced his US citizenship and now lives in Singapore. Interesting timing, says US Sen. Bob Casey.


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Area Hamburger Chain Owners Charged With $15M Skimming

Five owners of the “Nifty Fifty’s” restaurant chain are charged in a tax evasion conspiracy that allegedly hid $15 million worth of income, cheating the IRS out of $2.2 million in taxes.


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Philadelphia IRS Worker, Partner Charged With Tax Frauds And Shakedowns

The federal indictment just unsealed charges 34-year-old Patricia Fountain, who works for the IRS, and 39-year-old Larry Ishmael with defrauding the US government.


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BLOG: Paying A Big Tax Bill To IRS

By Jim Donovan:  If you owe a big tax bill and you don’t have the cash to pay right now, you may want to opt for an installment payment agreement with the I.R.S. By paying through […]



Area Police Departments Warn of Fake IRS E-Mail ‘Phishing’ Scams

An IRS spokesman says if they need to reach you about a tax return, they will do it either by phone or through the mail — not with an e-mail.


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BLOG: IRS Warns of Phony Refund Schemes

By Jim Donovan: The Internal Revenue Service is warning senior citizens and other taxpayers to beware of an emerging scheme tempting them to file tax returns claiming fraudulent refunds. The scheme carries a common theme […]


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BLOG: IRS Issues Annual Dirty Dozen Tax Scams

By Jim Donovan: The Internal Revenue Service has issued its annual “Dirty Dozen” ranking of tax scams, reminding taxpayers to use caution during tax season to protect themselves against a wide range of schemes ranging […]


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For Same-Sex Couples, Income Tax Day Brings Extra Challenge

This year, as before, those couples may have to do a little extra work to file their taxes correctly.





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