Volkswagen became the latest corporate villain when they came clean about selling 11 million cars with a secret feature they didn’t advertise on the window sticker. Along with leather-trimmed seats, German-engineered sport suspensions, and fancy navigation systems, buyers who chose a “Type EA 189” diesel engine also took delivery of a “defeat device,” buried deep in the car’s software, designed explicitly to cheat emissions tests. Researchers from the International Council on Clean Transportation discovered that the cars were emitting up to 40 times more nitrogen oxide than allowed.
But the devices apparently did more than just cheat pollution monitors. It looks like they also cheated the IRS. Uh oh. Smart money would bet they didn’t consider the tax consequences, either. While that wasn’t their biggest mistake, it’s still likely to push the ultimate cost of the scandal even higher. That’s why it’s so important to have a plan that helps you anticipate the tax costs of everything you do. So call us for your plan and avoid running off the road!Continue reading →