Federal Judges Are Cutting Rich Tax Cheats Big Sentencing Breaks - Prof. Scott Schumacher quoted
Increasingly, federal judges are going easy on tax cheats, or at least easier than the U.S. Sentencing Commission’ s guidelines say they should. In 1984, in an effort to reduce the glaring sentence disparities that resulted from trial judges’ almost unlimited power to fashion sentences, Congress created the Sentencing Commission and ordered it to adopt guidelines. For the next two decades, as Congress intended, judges were generally required to impose sentences within the guidelines, although various provisions allowed them to depart up or down.
Best & Worst States for Finding Tax Help - Prof. Scott Schumacher contributes
- Wallet Hub
But much like tax rates themselves, the accessibility, affordability and effectiveness of tax help differs significantly from state to state. In order to determine where the relative sweet spots happen to be, WalletHub compared the 50 states as well as the District of Columbia in terms of seven key metrics – ranging from the number of accountants per 1,000 jobs to their average workload and mean hourly compensation.