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Wednesday, April 7, 1993
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?A DETROIT FREE PRESS WEDNESDAY, APRIL 7, 1993 Audit zeroes in on dubious write-offs Stretched deductions become IRS target 3pf lull ;i Aaron Epstein ,t'ree Press Washington Staff ASHINGTON Your chance of getting audited by the IRS keeps going down. But if your number comes ud. watch out: The eovern- jinent can be dogged and resourceful in tooting out tax dodges. j Ak Francis Manning, a Philadelphia radiologist. i Returns for him and his wife, and Ibis 'corporation, Francis P. Manning ;Ltd, listed an assortment of deductions: flowers, hockey tickets, swim-! ming pool chemicals, a BMW, family birthday parties, California wine, a gin j 1 umtny tournament, golf expenses, a 'krOm trips and thousands of dollars in i cash contributions to churches. So along comes an IRS audit for ! 1931 through 1985. Agents zealously j d nicked each item they thought suspi-i nous. ! They analyzed the ink from his receipts and his diary and discov- ered that some of the inks were not ' available on the dates shown on the ! documents. ! And those church contributions ; sit average $50 a week in cash in the I col&ction plate at two Catholic parish-I es.The IRS brought in two priests to i refute that claim. j The priests said they knew every one who regularly attended mass, and Manning's spouse, Audrie, who claimed she made the donations, was not one of them. Her "clearly incredible" testimony was but one of many indicators of an intent to evade taxes, U.S. Tax Court Judge John Colvin said in an opinion last week. Returns such as the Mannings' are ideal for audits, tax accountants say, because of myriad deductions. The chances of being audited have declined because IRS workers and technology have not kept pace with the increased numbers of returns. The IRS audited less than 1 percent of individual returns last year, down from 2.1 percent in 1976. But those caught with trying to evade taxes face increasingly severe civil penalties, which have nearly tripled in the last 10 years to $4 billion. In extreme cases, taxpayers may face criminal prosecution and possible prison terms if convicted. To pick returns to audit, the IRS uses computer formulas that are among the best kept secrets in Washington. A high score based on the formulas can trigger an audit. "No more than a dozen people at the IRS know the formula, and the formula keeps changing," said IRS spokesman Wilson Fadeley. Wi ti is iim SELLER IS GETTING AUDITED Percentage of individual federal tax returns audited by the Internal Revenue Service. 2.1 i.5 7i -C;'8lCr fM? 91 a Sourca Internal Revenue Service PATRICIA CHARGOT Detroit Free Press The IRS has disclosed, however, that it is focusing on sole proprietorship (Schedule C) returns with income over $100,000. IRS lawyer Keith Gorman, who handled the Manning case, declined to estimate how much the Mannings owe in unpaid taxes and civil fraud penalties as a result of Judge Colvin's ruling. Manning made false claims that "he entertained doctors he never entertained," that his mother lived with him when she never did and that the doctor said, in 1983, that his wife's mother "lived with them for 12 months when she died in May," the judge said. In addition, the judge found that half of the 12 trips Manning deducted as business expenses were taken for personal reasons. Manning testified that the primary purpose of his 1984 trip to Europe with his wife and two friends was to see German medical equipment. But the judge said it was "for a vacation and to take delivery of the BMW." Manning could not be reached either at his Philadelphia area home or his office at Nazareth Hospital in Philadelphia. "He is on vacation in Florida," a hospital receptionist said. Missing Kresge heiress declared dead by court HEIRESS, from Page 1A ance have different theories about what happened that night What's known for sure is that after 14 turbulent years, the marriage of Carol and Donald DeArment had reached a breaking point Carol Kresge was the great-granddaughter of Sebastian Kresge, founder of S.S. Kresge and Kmart Corp. She was a 22-year-old Western Michigan University dropout when she met Donald DeArment on an airplane bound for Chicago. He was 42, an established businessman, and a physical fitness fanatic with old-fashioned notions about a woman's role in a relationship. They wed in 1969, only months after he divorced his first wife. Though she had the blue blood, he was wealthier. He owned four area auto supply firms and at his death, left an estate of more than $1.7 million. Friends recall that Carol DeAr-ment's attraction to her husband waned. She chafed at his authoritarian manner and sexual demands. In her divorce complaint, Carol DeArment accused her husband of verbal and physical abuse. A judge ordered Donald DeArment not to enter the den, which Carol used for a bedroom, while the divorce was pending. Shortly before she disappeared, Carol DeArment's attorney said he had discovered that Donald DeArment had recently and secretly re ceived $1.3 million from the sale of factory property in Detroit. The attorney, Hanley Gurwin, said he arranged for an accountant to meet with Donald DeArment's attorneys to trace the money, which Gurwin wanted included in the divorce settlement. Only days before that meeting was to take place, Carol DeArment disappeared. Rollinger, the detective, said he thinks Carol DeArment confronted her husband about the money that evening. "At that time, he probably struck her or strangled her and then somehow disposed of her body," he said. Police found a silver-dollar-size blood stain on the sofa in the den. They found another blood stain in the trunk of Donald DeArment's 1978 Mercedes. Without a blood sample from Carol DeArment to match, FBI lab technicians compared the stains to blood samples taken from the children and the husband. Rollinger said the tests showed a 98-percent probability that the blood stains belonged to the missing woman. Robert Harrison, who represented Donald DeArment before he died, disputes that result. No charges had been brought when Donald DeArment. The veteran detective visited DeArment in his hospital room in the last hours of his life. He said he was hoping against hope for a deathbed confession. Donald DeArment never said a word. Detroit -ifrwPm ITH KNK.H7 U.45 RJUOtR (USPS 155-5001 (ISSN 1055-27581 Published Daily by Detroit Free Press at 321 W Lalayene. Detroit. 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