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December 11, 2003 - admin

Employee leasing scheme shut down

Here’s the pitch. You’re a business owner. You only need $200,000 per year to live on, but you make $1,000,000 per year in income.

Here’s what you do.

Step 1. Fire yourself from your business.

Step 2. Then go visit a tax shelter promoter, who will hire you through an offshore company and pay you $200,000 per year.

Step 3. But wait! Your business needs you to run it. Hmmm.

Step 4. So your business approaches the tax shelter promoter and says, “Will you let us use Jim Bob Joe’s services? We’ll pay you $1,000,000 per year!”

Step 5. It’s a deal.

So here’s what’s happened. Your U.S. business paid $1,000,000 to an offshore company in a zero tax country, and got a tax deduction for it. The offshore company paid you $200,000 of salary, on which you paid income tax.

Net result? $800,000 is offshore, tax-free. Naturally, that money is yours, not the tax shelter promoter’s. (Except for the handsome fee charged to you, of course).

The IRS says BS, and wins. Here’s the latest court ruling, below.

IMPLICATIONS OF THIS RULING:

1. There is more pain to come for the promoters of this venture. Financial pain, possibly time making new friends in the Federal prison system.

2. All of the taxpayers who bought this tax scheme are now known to the IRS, and will shortly have their own Day of Pain.

C’mon people. Don’t be gullible. Use that brain. If it’s too good to be true, it is.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
Plaintiff,
v.
D. MICHAEL BISHOP, ROGER K. FULLER, AND CORNERSTONE
STRATEGIC ADVISORS,
Defendants.

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF UTAH
CENTRAL DIVISION

Judge Bruce S. Jenkins

FINAL JUDGMENT OF PERMANENT INJUNCTION

Plaintiff, the United States of America, has filed a Complaint for Permanent Injunction and Other Relief in this matter against Defendants, D. Michael Bishop, Roger K. Fuller and Cornerstone Strategic Advisors, L.L.C.

The Defendants do not admit the allegations of the Complaint, except admit that the Court has jurisdiction over them and over the subject matter of this action.

By their Consent, which is filed concurrently, the Defendants have waived the entry of findings of fact and conclusions of law, and consent to entry of this Final Judgment of Permanent Injunction without admitting that grounds exist for imposition of an injunction.

NOW, THEREFORE, it is accordingly, ORDERED, ADJUDGED AND DECREED that:

1. The Court has jurisdiction over this action pursuant to sections 1340 and 1345 of Title 28 of the United States Code, and sections 7402 and 7408 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (26 U.S.C.) (the “Code”).

2. The Court finds that Defendants have not admitted the United States’ allegations that they have engaged in conduct that is subject to penalty under sections 6700 and 6701 of the Code and that interferes with the enforcement of the Internal Revenue Laws.

3. The Court finds that the Defendants have consented to the entry of judgment for injunction relief pursuant to Code sections 7402 and 7408 to prevent them from (1) engaging in conduct subject to penalty under sections 6700 and 6701 of the Code; and (2) organizing, promoting, and selling the “Employee Leasing and Foreign Deferred Compensation” program.

4. It is further ORDERED, ADJUDGED AND DECREED that the Defendants, individually and doing business as or through any other entity, and anyone acting in concert with them, are permanently enjoined and restrained from, directly or indirectly, by the use of any means or instrumentalities:

(a) Organizing, promoting, marketing, or selling the “Employee
Leasing and Foreign Deferred Compensation” program;

(b) Making false statements that participation in the “Employee
Leasing and Foreign Deferred Compensation” program will
eliminate taxes on income in excess of consumption levels or
will eliminate or defer capital gains taxes.

(c) Encouraging, instructing, advising and assisting others to
violate the tax laws, including to evade the payment of taxes
legally due, by participating in the “Employee Leasing and
Foreign Deferred Compensation” program;

(d) Engaging in conduct subject to penalty under I.R.C. section
6700, i.e., by making or furnishing, in connection with
the organization or sale of an abusive tax shelter, plan or
arrangement, a statement the Defendants know or have reason to
know to be false or fraudulent as to any material matter;

(e) Engaging in conduct subject to penalty under I.R.C. section
6701, i.e., assisting in the preparation of any tax forms
or other documents used in connection with Internal Revenue
matters that the Defendants know, if so used, will result in the
understatement of tax liability.

(f) Engaging in any conduct by intentionally dishonest or
deceitful means that interferes with the administration and
enforcement of the Internal Revenue laws by the Internal Revenue
Service.

5. It is further ORDERED, ADJUDGED AND DECREED that the Defendants shall notify all persons to whom they have given or sold, directly or indirectly, the tax shelter package described herein or in the Complaint — specifically, the “Employee Leasing and Foreign Deferred Compensation” program — of this injunction order, and shall file with the Court, within 20 days of this date a certification that they have done so.

6. It is further ORDERED, ADJUDGED AND DECREED that the Defendants shall provide to the United States the names, address and social security or tax identification numbers of all persons to whom they have given or sold, directly or indirectly, the “Employee Leasing and Foreign Deferred Compensation” program since 1999, and shall file with the Court within 20 days of this date a certification that they have done so.

7. It is further ORDERED, ADJUDGED AND DECREED that the Defendants shall remove from their websites, including www.affluentadvisors.com, all references to the “Employee Leasing and Foreign Deferred Compensation” program or any program that is substantially similar to the “Employee Leasing and Foreign Deferred Compensation” program, and shall file with the Court within 20 days of this date, a certification that they have done so.

8. It is further ORDERED, ADJUDGED AND DECREED that the United States is permitted to engage in post-judgment discovery to ensure compliance with this permanent injunction.

9. It is further ORDERED, ADJUDGED AND DECREED that this Court shall retain jurisdiction of this action for the purpose of implementing and enforcing this Final Judgment and all additional decrees and orders necessary and appropriate to the public interest.

There being no just reason for the delay, the Clerk directed to enter this Final Judgment forthwith.

SO ORDERED this 5th day of December, 2003.

Bruce S. Jenkins
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT JUDGE

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