Attorneys seek return of files seized from Baltimore law firm in June raid
Attorneys for a Baltimore law firm are asking a federal appeals court to prohibit prosecutors from reviewing “tens of thousands” of electronic files seized from a partner’s office earlier this year. The Baltimore Sun reported in June that the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Internal Revenue Service had executed federal search warrants at the office of […]
Former Baltimore nonprofit employee claims he was misclassified as a contractor
A former East Baltimore Development Inc. employee claims he was intentionally misclassified as an independent contractor and deprived of benefits for several years in a federal lawsuit. Stephen M. Campbell worked for EBDI, a nonprofit organization that works to develop East Baltimore communities, between 2010 and 2015, according to the complaint filed in U.S. District Court in […]
IRS attorney accused of smoking methamphetamine, shipping it to NY
MINEOLA, N.Y. — An Internal Revenue Service attorney is facing charges he shipped methamphetamine from his Washington, D.C., apartment to a recipient in suburban New York. Federal prosecutors say Jack Vitayanon was arrested Wednesday in Washington. The plot allegedly involved unidentified co-conspirators in Arizona and on Long Island. Prosecutors say they have recordings that they […]
Feds to return $30K seized from Maryland dairy farmer
MIDDLETOWN — A Maryland farmer whose bank account was seized by the IRS after he made numerous cash deposits of just under $10,000 says he will be getting his money back. Randy Sowers said in a statement that he received a letter from the Justice Department on Monday stating the government will return $29,500 it […]
Here’s how to file a tax extension if you need more time
Procrastinators rejoice: tax day is a bit later this year and if you still can’t make that, there’s still time to file for an extension. The IRS traditionally requires that taxes be filed each year on April 15, but because that falls on Emancipation Day this year, the deadline was extended to April 18. And […]
U.S. Labor Department updates position on contract workers
The Department of Labor has weighed in on when to classify workers as employees and independent contractors, issuing a 15-page memo with new interpretations of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
High court won’t hear Ford appeal of tax overpayment
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court won’t hear an appeal from Ford Motor Co. seeking to recover about $450 million in interest on taxes the company overpaid the Internal Revenue Service. The justices on Monday left in place a lower court ruling that upheld the IRS’ refusal to pay the interest. The case began when Ford […]
IRS opened 19 percent fewer criminal cases in 2014
The Internal Revenue Service opened 19 percent fewer criminal investigations in fiscal 2014 than in the previous year, reflecting a cut in budget and staffing.
Advances on tax refunds appeal to more cash-poor Americans
Cash-strapped Americans anxious for tax refunds are increasingly turning to payment advances, prepaid cards or other costly services when getting tax preparation help, according to new federal data raising concerns among regulators about whether consumers are fully informed about the fees.
Cummings: IRS hard-drive failure “not nefarious”
U.S. lawmakers argued late into the night and again today over a computer drive that crashed in 2011, taking the controversy surrounding the Internal Revenue Service to a new level of acrimony.
Foreign banks won’t hide U.S. accounts anymore
It will soon get a lot harder to use overseas accounts to hide income and assets from the Internal Revenue Service.
Union fights push to hire private tax collectors
A public employees union is fighting a bipartisan effort in Congress to force the Internal Revenue Service to hire private contractors to collect some delinquent taxes.