Inside This Issue
Chicago IRS Tax Forum: Tax Pros Get Up-to-Date
on Cybersecurity, Tax Law; Hear from IRS Commissioner
Form 14242, Report Suspected Abusive Tax Promotions or
Preparers, Now Available in Spanish and Mandarin
IRS Adds Identity Protection Step to Apply for, View or
Change Online Payment Plans
Amended Tax Relief for Arkansas and Ohio Disaster Victims
Engineering Firm CPA Sentenced to Prison for Role in Tax
1. Chicago IRS Tax Forum:
Tax Pros Get Up-to-Date on Cybersecurity, Tax Law;
Hear from IRS Commissioner
professionals who attend the IRS Nationwide Tax Forum in Chicago, July
23-25, will be on the cutting edge of cybersecurity, changes to the tax law
and more. IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig will be the keynote speaker.
$115 if you register by July 9.
2. Form 14242, Report
Suspected Abusive Tax Promotions or Preparers, Now Available in Spanish and
abusive tax scams include falsifying income, home-based business, and trust
and off-shore schemes. To report promoters of
these scheme types or any others you are aware of, complete and send a referral form, now
available in Spanish and Mandarin, along with any promotional materials, to
3. IRS Adds Identity
Protection Step to Apply for, View or Change Online Payment Plans
IRS recently updated its identity verification process to better protect
taxpayer information when a tax professional or taxpayer creates or
accesses an online payment plan account.
addition to basic personal and tax information, the tax pro or taxpayer now
needs one of the following:
financial account in the name of the taxpayer
• A mobile phone number registered in the name of the taxpayer
also an option to receive a verification code by mail.
spread the word about the added step to apply for, view or change a payment
plan by sharing this drop-in article (PDF).
4. Amended Tax Relief for
Arkansas and Ohia Disaster Victims
victims in the Arkansas counties of Lincoln and Searcy now qualify for tax relief following
severe storms and flooding beginning May 21. Additionally, storm victims in
the Ohio county of Mahoning qualify for tax relief following
severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes, flooding, and landslides
that began on May 27.
the IRS disaster relief page for
all updates on tax relief for disaster victims.
5. Engineering Firm CPA
Sentenced to Prison for Role in Tax Scheme
H. Higa, a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and
controller of several engineering businesses, was sentenced to 40 months in
prison in Honolulu, Hawaii. A jury recently convicted Higa
of conspiracy to defraud the United States along with co-conspirator Wagdy Guirguis. In addition
to the conspiracy conviction, Higa was also
convicted of one count of assisting in the preparation of a false tax
return. The convictions arose from a scheme to divert funds from Guirguis’ business entities for his own personal
benefit and to avoid the payment of federal employment taxes, corporate and
individual income taxes, and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) penalties.