NELSON & COMPANY, P.S.
Certified Public Accountants
Tacoma Mall Office Building
4301 South Pine Street, Suite #241
Tacoma, Washington 98409-7205
David S. Nelson, CPA
E-MAIL: Firm@DNelsonCPAs.com
ON THE WEB: NEVERPAYTAX.com
PHONE: 253-752-9522
FAX: 253-276-0144
1-800-669-0137
Edition 0804-1
E-MAIL TAX BULLETIN
August, 2004

A Message From Nelson & Company, P.S., CPAs


 TAX TIP ---ACT NOW to set up SIMPLE plans for 2004

SIMPLE IRA retirement plans are for small companies with 100 or fewer employees. Employers may match up to 3% of employee wages. Employees can contribute up to $9,000 or $10,500 if born before 1955. There is no annual report to prepare. The W-2 just needs to show employee deferred amounts.

SIMPLEs must be set up by September 30th to allow for 2004 contributions. Employers: Use Form 5304-SIMPLE or 5305-SIMPLE to establish plans.
  Q & A
Q: I owe the IRS taxes in excess of $100,000 due to financial hardships caused by a failed business. About fifteen months ago, I paid $2,500 to a national company to solve my tax problems. I have not heard anything from them and they have not returned any of my numerous phone calls. What can I do?
A:

We have heard of many such stories about National Offer Mills. Here are some tips on what to do:

  1. You should contact the Taxpayers Advocate Office of the Internal Revenue Service. The Seattle number is 206-220-6037. The IRS cannot help you recover your money, but you need to report your problem. The IRS is very frustrated with the Mills and is working hard to solve the problem.
  2. Report the company to the Consumer Protection Division of the Washington State Attorney General's Office.
  3. Contact our office for names of local attorneys who may be able to assist you.
NELSON & COMPANY, P.S.
Certified Public Accountants
                AUGUST, 2004

Inside This Issue....

COMPUTECH PRESIDENT RECEIVES 15 MONTHS

The president of Rockville, Md.-based Computech Inc. has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for tax evasion.

Leon Chen, 42, had pleaded guilty to income tax evasion for the year 1997. According to the plea, Chen stated his 1997 income was $61,485 when, in fact, it was much higher. Indeed, from 1994 to 1997, according to the government, Chenís underreporting resulted in a tax loss of $335,982.

Chen will make full restitution to the IRS, applying $694,712 in U.S. currency, gold ingots, and jewelry seized during a civil forfeiture in 1998.

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Scheme Netted $1.6 Million in False Returns

A Birmingham, Alabama man was sentenced to 27 months in prison after pleading guilty to running a scheme that netted $1.6 million in false income tax return refunds.

Marvin Davis, 63, who is presently incarcerated at a federal prison in North Carolina for his role in a separate crime, was also ordered to pay $280,363 in restitution to the IRS and was placed on three years of supervised release, which will begin after all of Davisí prison terms have been served.

Davis was convicted of acting in concert with other individuals to devise a scheme to defraud the United States by advising members of a local investment club that they could file tax returns for estates and trusts and have refunded to them their lifetime contributions to Social Security. Davis secured the tax forms that were used in the scheme, assisted the individuals in filling them out, and charged the club members between $300 and $600 for his ďservicesĒ ó as well as a 10 percent fee upon receipt of the refund checks. The scheme resulted in $1,667,248.00 in fraudulent claims.


CA Man Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion in Corruption Scheme

Darrick Jonathan Chavis, 34, of Antioch, CA. has pleaded guilty to two counts of mail fraud and filing a false tax return for his role in a scheme that bilked a public organization out of nearly $400,000 in taxpayer money.

According to the plea, Chavis admitted that, while working as an employee of the Redevelopment/Affordable Housing Program, he approved a number of $15,000 grants for low- and moderate-income families. Those families did not know of the grants, however. Chavis and another man then converted the money into cash and did not claim it on their tax returns.

He faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for a fraud charge and up to one year in prison for tax evasion

IRS QUESTION CORNER...

Question:     My tax debt is extraordinarily high: $242,000. Donít ask how it got that high. Iíll explain later. But my question is this: With the hot real estate market, I could probably sell my investment/rental house for about $130,000. That still leaves a little over $100,000. I donít have that much cash, but I could probably pay it over time ó say, in five to seven years. Is this an option for me?

Answer:     Yes, it's absolutely an option open to you. While selling your investment property might be a good way to eliminate a large chunk of your tax debt, it might not be necessary. If keeping the property ó and the rental income ó is important, you should discuss options with a qualified tax professional.

Whether you decide to sell the house or not, an Installment Program could be an option for you. After years and years of chasing deadbeat taxpayers, the IRS has learned that the knock-on-the-door-enforcement approach doesnít necessarily work better than flexibility.

If your current income potential would allow you to pay off the debt over time, IRS agents might be agreeable to letting you pay in installments. The program works very much like a mortgage or car payment: The IRS analyzes your assets and income and comes up with a figure that would allow you to satisfy the debt without forcing you to alter your lifestyle drastically. (Your $800-per-month BMW might have to go, but your house, your kidsí university tuition, etc. ó are all fine.)

Having large tax debts over your head can be one of the most stressful situations in life. Believe me, I know. Every day clients come into my office feeling as if the world is about to close in on them. The stress becomes overwhelming.

It doesnít have to be that way. Most tax problems can be settled with the help of a qualified tax professional. The trick is to start working on a solution as quickly as possible. Thatís what I do. Iím an IRS Problem Solver. Iíll be happy to discuss your problems with you and help you find a solution. My number is 253-752-9522. Call or send me an E-mail at Firm@DNelsonCPAs.com for a free, no-risk consultation. Do it today!

David S. Nelson, C.P.A.
NELSON & COMPANY, P.S.
Certified Public Accountants

Tacoma Mall Office Building
4301 South Pine Street, Suite #241
Tacoma, Washington 98409-7205
Phone: 253-752-9522
FAX: 253-276-0144
E-MAIL: Firm@DNelsonCPAs.com
WEB: www.NEVERPAYTAX.com