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Tuesday, 15 October 2013 02:26

Tax deadline not delayed by gov't shutdown

   Even a partial government shutdown that has most IRS workers furlough won't affect Tuesday's tax deadline.  

   Tax filers who requested a six month extension back in April must file their taxes by today.  

   Officials with the Internal Revenue Service say the shutdown hasn't changed that, but it has halted any refund checks until normal government operations resume.  

   There's also no one there to take calls or answer taxpayer questions, since more than 90 percent of IRS workers are on furlough.

Published in National News

   EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) - A southwestern Illinois man who insisted he was not bound by U.S. tax laws faces up to two decades in federal prison after being found guilty of falsely claiming hundreds of thousands of dollars in tax refunds.

   A federal jury on Wednesday convicted 47 year old Destry Marcotte of Belleville of four counts of filing false claims for federal tax refunds.

   Federal prosecutors say evidence presented at trial showed that Marcotte submitted the false claims for refunds for years, claiming a total of more than $600,000.

   Marcotte claimed to be a "sovereign citizen," contending he was not subject to U.S. tax laws.

   After the jury's verdict, Marcotte was ordered detained pending his Jan. 17 sentencing.

   

 
Published in Local News

   Former KMOV-TV news anchor Larry Conners is asking the Missouri Commission on Human Rights and the EEOC to look into his firing.  Conners has filed formal discrimination complaints against his bosses at the CBS affiliate.

   Conners alleges that he was treated differently after a 2010 complaint about discrepancies in pay between himself and then co-anchor Vickie Newton.  Conners says his on-air assignments were reduced and he was offered only a 16 month contract, while less experienced employees were given  prime assignments and three year contracts.  

   Conners says station management also directed him to read an inaccurate statement on air regarding his recent problems with the IRS. His Facebook comments about those problems led to his eventual dismissal from KMOV. 

Published in Local News

Blowback against the IRS is becoming more local.

Fox 2 reports that members of the Tea Party are holding a rally outside an IRS Office in Town and Country. The protesters are upset of the targeting of conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status.

President Obama denies knowledge of the targeting and removed the commissioner of the IRS.

Published in Local News

   The Internal Revenue Service is warning metro-east tax-filers about a scam that could cost them.  

   IRS officials in Illinois say phoney tax preparers are luring mostly low-income and non-English-speakers with promises of big tax refunds.  

   The scammers may appear very legitimate, often setting up shop in a storefront office.  They use the victim's personal and financial information to file false tax returns, pocketing the money.  

   The victims don't get a refund, and some have lost federal benefits, like social security or veterans benefits because of the scams.  

   IRS officials say taxpayers should be wary of tax preparers who don't ask for proof of income and eligibility for credits and deductions. 

Published in Local News

A total of six tax preparation businesses were the target of IRS raids today.

 

Fox 2 reports agents seized evidence from six locations of Tax King starting at 8:30 this morning. IRS officials have still not said what they were looking for, but did confirm that no arrests were made today--they have not ruled out future arrests though. The raids were conducted at locations in downtown, midtown, and North St. Louis.

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