One day an IRS special agent came to the office to look over some files I’d been working on. I’d noticed some odd discrepancies, and apparently the IRS had caught on to them, too. The client was involved in all kinds of financial shenanigans. I noticed a gun holstered at the agent’s hip and had to know more about his job. I pestered the poor guy until he gave me the nitty gritty.
Being a special agent sounded like a fun way to make a living! Special agents get out and about more than the typical CPA, and it’s a fun challenge to search for clues and put the evidence together to nail a tax cheat.
In DEATH, TAXES, AND A SKINNY NO-WHIP LATTE, my partner, Eddie, and I are assigned to go after a man named Marcos Mendoza. His business associates have a history of disappearing . . . and resurfacing in body bags. Rumor has it that Mendoza bought off an IRS special agent named Nick Pratt, who was assigned to investigate him three years prior. Pratt is now living beachside in Cancun, Mexico. Tough life, huh? But Eddie and I are bound and determined to bring Mendoza down. He’s a potential loan shark, money launderer, and credit card counterfeiter. It looks like he might be running an illegal gambling operation too. This guy’s got cajones. It’ll be fun ripping them off!
In DEATH, TAXES, AND EXTRA-HOLD HAIRSPRAY (to be released in late June), I get to team up with a hot male agent to pursue Noah Fischer, the unscrupulous preacher of a mega-church. Fischer may not worship a golden calf, but he’s treating the church like his own personal cash cow and has no qualms financing his lavish lifestyle via the church collection plates. Hasn’t the guy ever heard of “thou shalt not steal?” He may have forgotten a few of the other Commandments, too!
ANGI: Were you ever scared in an interview with a tax-evader? On the other hand, were you ever tempted to let one go because he was too good-looking?
But letting a scofflaw off the hook because he was good looking? Nah. Not my style. I might drag the case out, though, just to get more time to “inspect his assets.” Hee-hee.
THE GAL BEHIND TARA
A CPA and tax attorney, Diane Kelly spent several years at an international accounting firm where she had the pleasure of working with a partner later convicted of tax shelter fraud. She also served a stint as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Texas under an AG who pled guilty to criminal charges related to the tobacco company lawsuits. Given this work history, Diane decided self-employment might be a good idea. She also realized her experiences with white-collar crime were excellent fodder for a novel. Her fingers hit the keyboard and thus began her "Death and Taxes" mystery series.
St. Martin’s Press
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