Abusive syndicated conservation easement deals remain a major focus for the IRS. These transactions generally use inflated appraisals of undeveloped land and partnerships devoid of legitimate business

Abusive syndicated conservation easement deals remain a major focus for the IRS. These transactions generally use inflated appraisals of undeveloped land and partnerships devoid of legitimate business purpose designed to generate inflated and unwarranted tax deductions. "Bogus syndicated conservation easement transactions undermine the public's trust in private land conservation and defraud the government," Rettig said. "Putting an end to these schemes is imperative." Abusive micro-captive insurance arrangements also remain a key focus of IRS enforcement. These deals are generally sold to owners of closely held entities. The deals commonly lack many of the necessary attributes of insurance, have excessive premiums, insure highly improbable risks and have no connection to genuine business and insurance needs.
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Helped fight IRs

audited and beat IRS and sued insurance agent who sold scam and got all money back
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Lance Wallach, is a member of the AICPA faculty of teaching professionals, is a frequent speaker on retirement plans, financial and estate planning, and abusive tax shelters. He writes about 412(i), 419, IRC 6707A, Abusive Tax Shelters, listed transactions, veba plans, and captive insurance plans. He speaks at more than ten conventions annually, writes for over fifty publications, and has written numerous books including Protecting Clients from Fraud, Incompetence and Scams published by John Wiley and Sons, Bisk Education's CPA's Guide to Life Insurance and Federal Estate and Gift Taxation, as well as AICPA best-selling books.

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Exactly as described/ advertised
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Good help form him

IRS audited me and I wanted to sue the agent that sold me insurance and told me I could take a tax deduction that was not true. I found Wallach and Lance helped me with everything. I owe my life to him for all his help when no one else could help me.
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Lance Wallach Customer Care
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Great work

IRS audited and I sued the ins co that sold me a scam wallach as an expert witness won the case
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he helped me also win a lawsuit i got cheated by insurance and IRS audited he was my expert in a lawsuit and i got my money back this guy was a godsend and helped me a lot the insurance cheat told me to tax deduct the cost and the irs said no and made me pay

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good guy he helped me for free for free can u believe that I don't want my name here but I had a big problem he fixed and I could not afford to pay GOD bless this guy who said one day when I had money I could try to pay him back who does this who???????????????????

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Plainview, New York
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Beat insurance company

I baught a 419 plan from an insurance company and IRS audits and got me for lots of money we sued and used lance wallack as an expert witness and the insurance company gave back all my money after they saw his name great news and we are made whole with lance wallace...
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wallach helped me fight the IRS and I won wow

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Lance Wallach took a $10,000. retainer then refused to do any work ...

Wallach was retained as an expert witness in a legal action involving a tax attorney, fraud, and the IRS . I already lost over $1 million (my home) although i owed no taxes at all. Lance Wallach promised to help , knowing my horrific situation. When I needed Lance...
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she is a golddigger and owed another 12k and did not pay. Google Lance and her who do you trust?

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Had tax problems Lance Wallach fixed

I had some troubles with listed transactions. It was a few years ago. And I was sold some different products that were horrible because I was hit with abusive transactions through the IRS and was facing some stiff penalties. Enter LANCE WALLACH. I contacted him after seeing his information posted on the internet. I didn't know if I could trust what he promised but I was facing such heavy fines, it seemed I needed to try. Thank goodness for Lance Wallach. Will maybe write more at another time, but for now, just a thanks to Lance for getting me out of some really bad situations.
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Rupert Murdock pays workers 10 an hour

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wallach did great work for me tracy fulbrok

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Wallach helped me with IRS they wanted to get me for a lot of money wallach gave me the names of some former IRS agents and one helped me beat IRS and I only paid 5k instead of 295k what a difference I think these guys were great and really helped. I dont live in his state he helped on the phone

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Lance Wallach Life Insurance

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Life Insurance Claims Denial Information - Lawyers Handling Life Insurance Benefits Lawsuits Offer No-Cost, No-Obligation Denial of Death Benefits Case Review

Life Insurance Benefits Lawsuit

Major news sources throughout the United States report that insurance providers are issuing life insurance benefits denials more than ever before. Learning that a life insurance policy is null and void or being denied death benefits after the death of a loved one compounds the emotional trauma of losing a spouse or family member in an already trying time.

Unexpected news of a life insurance claim denial leaves many individuals in a state of economic distress. Spouses and family members who received a letter denying a life insurance claim learn all too late that they lack the financial security their loved one had intended. While the economy struggles in the United States and around the world, many insurance companies report record profits.

When buying into a life insurance policy, Americans believe they are making a prudent choice to provide for loved ones after their own death. In the application process, candidates for life insurance are warned that inaccurate or incomplete answers can negate their life insurance policy.

Major news stories have reported on a trend of life insurance benefits denials that are invalid. “Since 2008, federal judges have concluded that some insurers cheated survivors by twisting facts, fabricating excuses and ignoring autopsy findings in withholding death benefits,” notes an article inBloomberg Markets Magazine.

Increasingly, the article says, insurance companies are citing controversial or even false reasons to deny death benefits claims. The article describes cases of people who were denied life insurance benefits by MetLife and Prudential based on unsubstantiated claims of suicide or failure to report nonexistent details of their past

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that the IRS issued guidance on 412(i) plans in 2004, and has reviewed many of those plans to see if they exceed rules on maximum total benefits, maximum deductions on tax returns and the percentage of a pension plan's assets that can be in life insurance.

ERISA Pension Plans advises businesses on establishing and maintaining pension plans and also advises pension funds.

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lance wallachis the best go on the net and see for yourself he can help in many matters and writes books for the aicpa and others and teaches for lawline

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google lance and goole the other person lol

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Sept 2011

By Lance Wallach

Announced February 8, 2011, the IRS 2011 Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Initiative (OVDI) program is a welcome but conditional amnesty allowing taxpayers with foreign accounts to come clean and get into compliance with the IRS. The program ran through Sept. 9, 2011.

There’s been discussion of “opting out” of the program to take your chances in audit, but it’s a topic fraught with danger. Now, however, there is guidance about opting out of the program that makes much of it transparent. Because of this late date it was recommended that you properly file FBARs and the 90-day request for amnesty extension. This is the first important step. If the forms are not done properly, you will have extensive problems and will not have to think about opting out. If your forms are properly done and filed, then your situation should be discussed with someone who is experienced in these matters.Under the OVDI, taxpayers are subject to a penalty of 25 percent of the highest aggregate account balance on their undisclosed account(s) between 2003 and 2010. If the value was less than $75,000 at all times during those years, the penalty is only 12.5 percent.

These account balance penalties are in lieu of all other penalties that may apply, including FBAR and offshore-related information return penalties. Plus, participants are required to pay taxes and interest on any monies (such as interest income on foreign accounts) they previously failed to report. Finally, they must pay an accuracy-related penalty equal to 20 percent of the underpayment of tax, plus interest.

Opting out of the program can make sense for some, though it involves taking your chances with an IRS examination. Someone should represent you with extensive experience in this. We always suggest they should at least be a CPA with years of experience in international tax. It’s even better if you use one that was with the international tax division of the IRS for a number of years. The IRS has published a separate guide detailing the rules and procedures for opting out.

Here are some of the rules:

1. IRS Summary. The IRS employee who has been handling your case summarizes it, agreeing or disagreeing with your view of penalties, and listing how extensive an audit he or she recommends.

2. Program Status Report. Before you can opt out, the IRS sends a letter reporting on the status of your disclosure and what you still must submit. If you’ve given enough data, the IRS will calculate what you would owe under the OVDI. You should provide any missing items within 30 days.

3. Taxpayer Submission. Within 20 days, the taxpayer opts out in writing and makes a written case what penalties should apply and why.

4. Central Committee. A Committee of IRS Managers reviews the summary and decides how extensive an audit to conduct. The IRS says “the taxpayer is not to be punished (or rewarded) for opting out.” The Committee also decides whether to assign your case for a normal civil audit or to assign it for a criminal exam.

5. Written Warning. The IRS sends another letter explaining that opting out must be in writing and is irrevocable. You have 20 days thereafter to opt out in writing.

6. Interview? Some audits will include taxpayer interviews.

Bottom Line? The “opt out” procedure is helpful but still a bit daunting. If you are considering it, make sure you get some solid advice from an experienced person who, in my opinion, should have worked for the IRS and is a CPA about the nature of your case. This is just one of the many options that should be discussed with your advisor. There are many other strategies that you may want to utilize. Your advisor should be aware of all your options, and should explain them. If not, consider engaging someone else. Remember, the penalties can be very large, especially if your advisor is not skilled at this. There is even the potential for criminal prosecution.

Lance Wallach, National Society of Accountants Speaker of the Year and member of the AICPA faculty of teaching professionals, is a frequent speaker on retirement plans, abusive tax shelters, financial, international tax, and estate planning. He writes about 412(i), 419, Section79, FBAR, and captive insurance plans. He speaks at more than ten conventions annually, writes for over fifty publications, is quoted regularly in the press and has been featured on television and radio financial talk shows including NBC, National Pubic Radio’s All Things Considered, and others. Lance has written numerous books including Protecting Clients from Fraud, Incompetence and Scams published by John Wiley and Sons, Bisk Education’s CPA’s Guide to Life Insurance and Federal Estate and Gift Taxation, as well as the AICPA best-selling books, including Avoiding Circular 230 Malpractice Traps and Common Abusive Small Business Hot Spots. He does expert witness testimony and has never lost a case. Contact him at 516.938.5007, wallachinc@***.com or visit www.taxadvisorexpert.com.

The information provided herein is not intended as legal, accounting, financial or any type of advice for any specific individual or other entity. You should contact an appropriate professional for any such advice.

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TAX MATTERS

TAX BRIEFS

ABUSIVE INSURANCE PLANS GET RED FLAG

The IRS in Notice 2007-83 identified as listed transactions certain trust arrangements involving cash-value life insurance policies. Revenue Ruling 2007-65, issued simultaneously, addressed situations where the tax deduction has been disallowed, in part or in whole, for premiums paid on such cash-value life insurance policies. Also simultaneously issued was Notice 2007-84, which disallows tax deductions and imposes severe penalties for welfare benefit plans that primarily and impermissibly benefit shareholders and highly compensated employees.

Taxpayers participating in these listed transactions must disclose such participation to the Service by January 15. Failure to disclose can result in severe penalties--- up to $100,000 for individuals and $200,000 for corporations.

Ruling 2007-65 aims at situations where cash-value life insurance is purchased on owner/employees and other key employees, while only term insurance is offered to the rank and file. These are sold as 419(e), 419(f) (6), and 419 plans. Other arrangements described by the ruling may also be listed transactions. A business in such an arrangement cannot deduct premiums paid for cash-value life insurance.

A CPA who is approached by a client about one of these arrangements must exercise the utmost degree of caution, and not only on behalf of the client. The severe penalties noted above can also be applied to the preparers of returns that fail to properly disclose listed transactions.

Prepared by Lance Wallach, CLU, ChFC, CIMC, of Plainview, N.Y.,

516-938-****, a writer and speaker on voluntary employee’s beneficiary associations and other employee benefits.

Journal of Accountancy January 2008

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TAX MATTERSTAX BRIEFSABUSIVE INSURANCE PLANS GET RED FLAGThe IRS in Notice 2007-83 identified as listed transactions certain trust arrangements involving cash-value life insurance policies. Revenue Ruling 2007-65, issued simultaneously, addressed situations where the tax deduction has been disallowed, in part or in whole, for premiums paid on such cash-value life insurance policies.

Also simultaneously issued was Notice 2007-84, which disallows tax deductions and imposes severe penalties for welfare benefit plans that primarily and impermissibly benefit shareholders and highly compensated employees.Taxpayers participating in these listed transactions must disclose such participation to the Service by January 15. Failure to disclose can result in severe penalties--- up to $100,000 for individuals and $200,000 for corporations.Ruling 2007-65 aims at situations where cash-value life insurance is purchased on owner/employees and other key employees, while only term insurance is offered to the rank and file. These are sold as 419(e), 419(f) (6), and 419 plans. Other arrangements described by the ruling may also be listed transactions.

A business in such an arrangement cannot deduct premiums paid for cash-value life insurance.A CPA who is approached by a client about one of these arrangements must exercise the utmost degree of caution, and not only on behalf of the client. The severe penalties noted above can also be applied to the preparers of returns that fail to properly disclose listed transactions.Prepared by Lance Wallach, CLU, ChFC, CIMC, of Plainview, N.Y., 516-938-****, a writer and speaker on voluntary employee’s beneficiary associations and other employee benefits.Journal of Accountancy January 2008

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