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Dwindling Returns On Investment

Ron Oddo

Today, all owners face three significant headwinds that increase the difficulty of a successful business exit. One is our flat economy—today and for the foreseeable future. The second is the substantially higher tax bill that’s due upon the sale of a business. And last, but not least, is the long-term mediocre investment climate that depresses the amount of income owners can expect from their sale proceeds and other investments. Combined, these three headwinds wreak havoc on an owner’s ability to cross the finish line at all, let alone as they originally planned.

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101 Ways to Save Money on Your Tax Legally

101 Ways to Save Money on Your Tax – Legally! is the Australian taxpayer’s essential guide to maximising returns. Comprehensively updated for 2017-2018, this indispensable resource explains all of the changes to the May 2017 budget to help you pay what you owe and not a penny more.

You’ll find answers to common questions, tax traps to avoid and plenty of tips from Mr. Taxman himself that can save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Leverage your business, education, family, property, medical expenses, levies, shares and superannuation to get the tax return you deserve – and are fully entitled to under Australian law. Read more

IRS Not Detecting Fraudulent Returns

TaxConnections Tax Blog Post - Statute of Limitations on Tax EvasionOn October 28, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) released the results of its review of the Internal Revenue Service’s fraudulent tax return detection system, the Electronic Fraud Detection System (EFDS), concluding that inadequate income and withholding verification resulted in the IRS’s missing many fraudulent returns (TIGTA, Income and Withholding Verification Processes Are Resulting in the Issuance of Potentially Fraudulent Tax Refunds, Rep’t No. 2013-40-083 (8/7/13)).

The IRS claimed to prevent $1.2 billion of fraudulent tax refunds in 2013, but TIGTA found in an analysis of 2010 tax year returns that the IRS’s EFDS did not screen 92% of the 1.5 million returns that TIGTA identified as potentially fraudulent. Although income and withholding verification is the most efficient method to detect fraud, the IRS is stymied in using that system because most of the information necessary to do this verification is received after many taxpayers have filed their income tax returns. (A new system, the Return Review Program, is expected to replace EFDS beginning in 2015.)

TIGTA specifically reviewed a random sample of 272 of the 120,197 potentially fraudulent 2010 tax returns for which tax refunds were issued and that received a high enough EFDS score to be sent for income and withholding verification. TIGTA found that IRS examiners confirmed that 96 of these tax returns had false income and withholding, but the IRS did not take timely
actions to prevent the issuance of the fraudulent refunds. Another 8 tax returns were not screened within the required time period to prevent the Read more

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