1. A Cayman Islands Vacation Gone Bad
When most people hear the words “Cayman Islands” they probably think of a relaxing Caribbean vacation. However, many might also think about illegal tax shelters, as the islands are somewhat infamous for hosting the private bank accounts of many American tax evaders. A few years ago, Joe ran into a few problems of his own in the Cayman Islands. He and his business partners used to vacation in, and bank in the islands on a regular basis, until Joe’s vengeful ex wife got wind of the situation. She tipped off the IRS and Joe found out about it one afternoon when 25 federal agents stormed his home and business, ceasing all kinds of financial information. Joe was considered a flight risk and imprisoned under $5 million bail. It took dozens of court cases, and thousands of dollars in legal fees to prove his innocence, and resulted in a major lifestyle change for Joe.
2. The Audit of Endless Receipts
Auditors are notorious for being difficult every now and then when it comes to documenting expenses and qualifying for credits, but usually leave a little leeway. However, this was not the case for a taxpayer named Heather who was audited by what she now refers to as the world’s most relentless auditor. She claims that the auditor in question hounded her for not only proof of her business expenses, but receipts for every single personal and professional transaction made over the past two years. The auditor supposedly made her scrounge up receipts for transactions for as little as a dollar or two. Needless to say, Heather could not find every document required and faced several penalties.
3. They Came with Guns
Restaurant owner John Colaprete woke up one March morning in 1994, unsuspecting of the terror that would soon be at his doorstep. That afternoon, gun-wielding federal agents stormed his home, his restaurant managers home, and his two restaurants with no explanation and no apologies. John, a former marine, was in total shock and had no idea what could cause such a raid. It turns out one of Johns former bookkeepers, who had been fired for embezzling from her employers, had gone to the IRS with a horror story of her own. However, she fabricated her story in order to cover her own mistakes and told the IRS that John was involved in both money laundering and gun trafficking.
Once the IRS realized he was innocent, John became a champion for scorned taxpayers everywhere. He spoke to a roomful of U.S. senators about his experience, and explained that his restaurants were left in shambles and that his reputation was ruined by the false scandal. These days John gets calls every day from taxpayers sharing their own IRS horror stories.
4. The Scorned Preparer
In 1994, Richard, an experienced tax preparer, owned one of the largest accounting and tax firms in the State of Oklahoma. However, he soon saw the dark side of the IRS. One afternoon, over 20 federal agents stormed his business under suspicion of fraud. However, Gardner was completely innocent. Upon being found not guilty, he took legal action against the IRS. He soon became the first American to win a case under the Hyde Amendment and won a monetary settlement from the federal government.
5. The Beauty Shop Butchery
Celia, an honest and hardworking beauty shop owner, had her life ruined by the IRS a few years ago when her shop’s equipment was seized and sold at auction to pay her back tax debts. Celia did not know much about taxes and hired a professional to assist her. Fortunately, the tax consultant found that Celia had indeed paid her taxes in full. The IRS had made a mathematical error, accidentally entering her tax amount twice in to the system, which made it look like she had not paid her taxes at all. Although she got her equipment back, she lost many of her clients and income due to the incident.
6. Ghosts of Receipts Past
Julie faced her worst nightmare one evening when she came home to fire trucks in front of her burning home. To make matters worse the tax deadline was just around the corner and she could not recover enough of her financial document to prepare her return. Julie contacted the IRS to explain the situation, and told IRS personal how she had lost her entire archive of financial documents and receipts. Although she was able to file for an automatic extension, Julie was shocked to find an IRS audit letter in the mail less than two weeks later. Without any proof to back up the information in her previous returns, she was forced to pay over $18,000 in unpaid taxes and penalties.
The Tax Lady Roni Deutch and her law firm Roni Lynn Deutch, A Professional Tax Corporation have been helping taxpayers across the nation find IRS tax relief for over seventeen years. The firm has experienced tax lawyers who can fight IRS tax liens on your behalf.