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'Brothel' Manager Violated Bail After $5.7M Sting, Feds Say

By Aaron Keller

A manager and bookkeeper facing federal charges connected to a COVID-19 grant and tax fraud scheme at a Connecticut strip club violated his bail conditions by showing up at the facility and "hanging out" with a potential witness, federal probation authorities have alleged.

Mo. Panel Affirms Nixes Of St. Louis Teleworker Tax, Class Bid

By Paul Williams

St. Louis must issue earnings tax refunds to six nonresidents for days they worked outside the city after the COVID-19 pandemic began, but those employees can't seek a class action on behalf of other remote workers, the Missouri Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday.

Home Care Co. Says It's Owed $1.1M In Pandemic Tax Credits

By Anna Scott Farrell

The IRS has unfairly delayed paying a home healthcare service in Pennsylvania more than $1.1 million in pandemic-era employee retention tax credits while the agency claims to be checking that the business doesn't owe taxes, the company told a federal court.

Ambulance Co. Owner Accused Of $1M Pandemic Loan Fraud

By Anna Scott Farrell

The owner of a California ambulance company who was charged last year with tax evasion and filing false returns has been further accused of fraudulently securing $1 million from federal pandemic relief loan programs, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Ex-IRS Agent, Five Others Sentenced In COVID Fraud Scheme

By Phillip Bantz

A former Internal Revenue Service agent, his brother and four other defendants have pled guilty to participating in a scheme that netted more than $3 million in fraudulent COVID-19 pandemic relief loans.

Conn. Strip Club Owner Ran 'Brothel,' Hid $5.7M, Feds Say

By Aaron Keller

The man in charge of a Connecticut strip club and two of his associates operated the business as a brothel, took payments for "commercial sex acts," lied to secure a $150,000 federal COVID-19 relief grant, and hid $5.7 million in income from the IRS, according to a federal indictment unsealed Wednesday.


Expert Analysis

What To Know About Employee Retention Credit Disclosures

Employers that filed potentially erroneous employee retention credit claims should take certain steps to determine whether the IRS’ voluntary disclosure program is a good fit and, if so, prepare a strong application before the window closes on March 22, say attorneys at Dentons.

Employee Retention Tax Credit: Gray Areas And Red Flags

The subjective nature of the pandemic-prompted employee retention credit, coupled with a lack of Internal Revenue Service guidance, have created fertile ground for opportunists, so businesses seeking this tax benefit should be mindful of tax advisers who would involve them in fraudulent ERC claims, say attorneys at Holland & Knight.

Tax Equity Requires Reinstating The Home Office Deduction

Congress should restore the home office deduction for W-2 workers in the interest of tax equity because permanently remote workers now bear the cost of creating quiet, dedicated work spaces, a pandemic-related shift unforeseen when the deduction was eliminated by 2017's Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, say James Mahon and Samantha Lesser at Becker.

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