Category: Richard Ainsworth

Kentucky legislators take aim at ‘zapper’ sales tax fraud

February 16th, 2014 in 2014, Newsmakers, Richard Ainsworth, School of Law 0 comments

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Hoping to recoup under-reported taxes, Kentucky legislators are taking aim at a little-known tool used to hide retailers’ sales from tax collectors. House Bill 69 would make possession of so-called “tax zappers” a Class D felony…
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“That’s important. You’ve got to put these guys out of business, and the threat has got to go to the business.”

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Boston convention-goers have credit card info stolen

December 12th, 2013 in 2013, Newsmakers, Richard Ainsworth, School of Law, WCVB 0 comments

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States Pushed to Attack Business Tax Evaders

November 4th, 2013 in 2013, Newsmakers, Richard Ainsworth, School of Law 0 comments

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Many governmental tax agencies in Quebec have successfully combatted business tax evaders through technology and now there is movement to bring this approach to U.S. municipalities…

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“It’s a very expensive help. The states are behind the curve.”

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Springfield lawyer to sue over tech tax

August 29th, 2013 in 2013, Boston Globe, Newsmakers, Richard Ainsworth, School of Law 0 comments

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Massachusetts’ new tax on software services is coming under additional attack by the business community, prompting Governor Deval Patrick to acknowledge he is concerned the uproar will damage the state’s reputation in technology circles…

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“There’s a lot of fine distinctions in sales taxes. You’ve got all kinds of crazy rules out there.”

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Businesses use fraud software for tax scam

April 22nd, 2013 in 2013, Newsmakers, Richard Ainsworth, School of Law 0 comments

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A Melbourne professor has warned that hardware and software used for tax fraud is likely in secret use by Australian businesses…

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Tax Zappers Likely Sapping Billions From NY, Expert Says

June 4th, 2012 in 2012, Newsmakers, Richard Ainsworth, School of Law 0 comments

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Sales tax suppression technologies known as “tax zappers” have cost New York as much as $1 billion annually over a decade in the form of willful fraud at thousands of businesses, according to testimony given Monday to state lawmakers…

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When will New York zap the tax zappers?

June 4th, 2012 in 2012, Newsday, Newsmakers, Richard Ainsworth, School of Law 0 comments

Newsday
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An expert on tax law says he’ll tell a State Senate committee in Albany on Monday that  some restaurants cheat the state out of about $1.7 billion a year by using computer devices called “tax zappers.”…

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Wyoming tax officials watching for ‘zappers’

June 3rd, 2012 in 2012, Newsmakers, Richard Ainsworth, School of Law 0 comments

Billings Gazette
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Wyoming tax officials are aware of the proliferation of “tax zappers,” who skim sales tax money that should have gone to states…

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State governments target tax-cheating software

April 3rd, 2012 in 2012, Associated Press, Newsmakers, Richard Ainsworth, School of Law 0 comments

Associated Press
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Cash-strapped state governments that are searching every crevice for money have found a new target: computer programs that enable businesses to keep two sets of books simply by plugging a flash drive into their cash registers…

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Committee Explores Increasing Revenue Without Raising Taxes

February 27th, 2012 in 2012, Newsmakers, Richard Ainsworth, School of Law 0 comments

CT News Junkie
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The co-chairs of the legislature’s Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee have decided not to touch last year’s tax package, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t looking for revenue…

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