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A Florida therapist likens pedophilia to schizophrenia and diabetes: there is no cure for any of the conditions. A recent news article noted that "a relatively small percentage of sex offenders are actually 'pedophiles'" -- people who are sexually attracted to children.

Despite the virtually instantaneous negative reaction the word causes in most people, not all pedophiles are criminal. In fact, there is a growing internet support group comprised of people who identify as pedophiles, but say they are determined not to act on their attractions.

It's time

The soup is ready. It's filled with every letter in the alphabet and a pungent patchwork of laws, rules, regulations, forms and paperwork. The soup? It has the unappetizing acronym FATCA (Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act). And today, April 15, the Internal Revenue Service begins devouring the brackish brew, receiving returns and documents regarding the accounts Americans hold in other countries.

The IRS website is marginally helpful to laypeople on the subject of what FATCA-related forms to submit and what information should fill those forms. As we have noted in this space several times, the IRS and Department of Justice are aggressive in their pursuit of taxpayers who have failed in the past to report offshore holdings (trusts, corporations and bank accounts). They're hungry not only for FATCA data, but names of people who have failed to properly file in the past.

A CPA, bookkeeper and IRS agent walk into a bar...

The trio could only possibly be funnier if they weren't talking about you. At this time of year, it can be difficult to find humor in the steady march of time toward April 15. But a publication for tax professionals -- Tax Pro Today -- has collected a few anecdotes from tax preparation specialists that you might find humorous.

Let's take a quick look at what people who prepare taxes for a living find funny...

Turn the page

As another page on the calendar turns, all eyes go to that date directly in the middle of April. Tax day elicits almost universal dread, but perhaps most among those who have in the past not reported foreign accounts as required.

As part of its years-long effort to ferret out concealment of offshore accounts, the U.S. Justice Department recently held a press conference to announce the first non-prosecution agreement (NPA) with a Swiss bank. Banks that agree to the strict terms imposed on them by the DOJ are eligible to avoid prosecution for helping Americans avoid taxation of the account funds.

Can I enter into the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program? | Florida Offshore Bank Attorney

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Florida school district investigation is more than academic

Anyone who knows the name of the Florida school system that recently held a "Brain Bowl" competition among high school teams deserves a pat on the back. If you guessed the Leon County system, you were correct. And if you knew that Leon County Schools is also the focus of an FBI investigation, give yourself another pat.

FBI agents investigating allegations of bribery, fraud and theft in federally funded programs recently raided the school district's technology center, seizing email archives. Last fall, a federal grand jury issued a subpoena for documents related to 17 school construction projects over the past 8 years.

Who should enter into the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program? | Florida criminal tax evasion attorney

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