Friday, April 3, 2009

Tax Court Cuts IRS Agent No Slack on Penalties

Ouch. A $30,000 fraud penalty because the petitioner worked for the IRS:
Petitioners' deemed admissions of facts evidenced numerous badges of fraud: (1) Petitioner fraudulently understated income and overstated deductions for all years at issue with respect to the nail kit business; (2) he failed to maintain adequate records for all 3 years; (3) he used his home copier to alter bank statements which he provided to the IRS in an attempt to evade tax; (4) he failed to cooperate with respondent and was nonresponsive throughout the litigation, failing even to appear at his own hearing; and (5) he possessed greater than average knowledge of the requirements of the Internal Revenue Code because of his years of employment with the IRS.

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