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August 2018 Archives

IRS seeks to prosecute fraudulent tax havens

Some Kentucky residents may find that their tax returns are scrutinized by the IRS because the agency is looking to crack down on what it identifies as abusive tax schemes. The IRS is applying scrutiny to structured domestic and foreign trusts as well as more complicated methods that attempt to reduce a filer's tax liability by relying on the financial privacy laws in some foreign countries as well as credit or debit cards issued by foreign banks.

The difference between a misdemeanor and a felony

Kentucky residents who commit a crime may be charged with a misdemeanor or a felony. Misdemeanors generally carry sentences of no more than 12 months, and those sentences are typically served in a city or county jail. A felony is an offense that is considered especially serious such as murder, burglary or rape. If convicted, an individual may face more than a year in prison.

Racial disparties can impact bail decisions

Cash bail is a hotly debated topic in Kentucky and across the country, especially as several studies have indicated that conscious or unconscious racial bias can play a major role in bail decisions. In one study, bail judges in Miami and Philadelphia were shown to have a bias against black defendants, including both white and black judges. The study found that black defendants were more likely than white defendants to be held in pretrial detention rather than given bail; pretrial detention has been shown to be linked to higher conviction rates.

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