Business News 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Subscribe Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena More Cool Stuff Community News Herbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyGet Rid Of Unwanted Body Fat By Eating The Right FoodsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeauty Peter Stephan Tax GuruOver the past year, Peter Stephan of the Tax Resolution Institute has spoken over a dozen times to tax professional groups across Southern California. He has spoken several times to the CalCPA Pasadena Discussion Group as he tries to elevate the tax resolution industry to the standard of excellence that taxpayers deserve. Rather than making grand gestures, Peter Stephan is trying to help one tax professional at a time by leading seminars on how to perform tax resolution work with knowledge and professionalism.Certified Public Accountant Stella Tsai, the Chair of the CalCPA Pasadena Discussion Group, expressed the groupâ€™s response to Peter’s efforts when she told Pasadena Now, â€œPeter Stephanâ€™s hands-on knowledge and expertise keeps us current on the latest trends and developments in the area of tax resolution. He generously shares his expertise and knowledge base with his fellow tax professionals.â€Given the numerous scandals of the â€œpennies on the dollarâ€ late night tax resolution scammers, Peter Stephanâ€™s efforts are not surprising and are being well-received by his fellow tax professionals. As Peter Stephan explained, â€œAfter the recent recession, many Californians found themselves in unexpected tax trouble, both with the IRS and the California Franchise Tax Board. At the same time, our industry was plagued by scandals that truly hurt innocent American taxpayers. My goal is to restore peopleâ€™s faith in the integrity of tax resolution services that work.â€The scandals shut down some of the biggest operators in the business, the late night advertisers offering â€œpennies on the dollarâ€ tax relief deals. In 2011, the self-named â€œTax Ladyâ€ Roni Deutch lost her license and closed her law firm after being sued by California for perpetuating a â€œheartless schemeâ€ to swindle taxpayers. In 2012, TaxMasters was hit with $195 million in civil penalties by a Texas court while JK Harris went bankrupt and closed their doors forever. In 2013, the founders of American Tax Relief in Beverly Hills were forced to surrender $15 million in assets, including a Ferrari and diamond jewelry, and permanently prohibited from selling tax debt relief services by the Federal Trade Commission. It was the agencyâ€™s first but probably not the last such action against a tax resolution company.Is it surprising that Americans lost faith in the tax resolution industry? Based in Woodland Hills with offices in San Diego and New York City, Peter Stephan has practiced tax resolution for over a quarter of a century. As the author of The Ultimate Guide To Tax Resolution, a textbook designed for tax professionals, Peter Stephan literally wrote the book on how to handle tax resolution cases in order to address the problems in the industry and truly help the clients.As Peter Stephan told Pasadena Now, â€œAfter seeing the industry tarnished by these scandals, I knew it was time to take a stand. When it comes to dealing with the Internal Revenue Service and the California Franchise Tax Board, taxpayers need to be able to access professional help that reliably resolves their tax collection, tax audit and tax debt issues.â€The question is whether Peter Stephanâ€™s mission actually proved successful when he came to Pasadena. After all, there have been no tax scandals specific to Pasadena and the majority of tax professionals in the city have excellent reputations. One such CPA is Ed Mofrad of Mofrad Financial Solutions. When asked his impression of Peter Stephan, Ed Mofrad said, â€œI attended Peter Stephan’s tax resolution seminar in Pasadena. The seminar deftly handled the topic of tax resolution and recent controversies. What struck me was the ease with which Peter spoke, and his words were filled with significance related to the topic.â€What is intriguing about what Peter Stephan is trying to accomplish is his lack of flag waving or grand gestures. Known as the Tax Guru in 2013 on KRLAâ€™s The Morning Answer radio show, Peter Stephan did not use his on-air time to publicize any personal project or his own company. Instead, the time was used to provide valuable information about how to handle your tax problems, including tax collection and dischargeability of taxes in bankruptcy issues. He wanted to help people by removing the stigma left behind by the late night â€œpennies on the dollarâ€ so-called tax resolution companies.In the seminars he leads in Pasadena and across Southern California, Peter Stephan believes the tools provided will help tax professionals begin to remove the stigma left behind by all the late night scandals. Clearly, according to Ed Mofrad, an experienced Pasadena CPA, Peter was successful in communicating the realities of tax resolution services at the CalCPA Pasadena Discussion Group. Ed Mofrad described the impact of the seminars on his practice when he told Pasadena Now, â€œTax resolution is one of the services we provide for our clients, and we attend many seminars (such as Peter’s) to stay up-to-date. I brought the printed materials and notes that I took from the meeting with Peter back to our office and – in turn – held my own conference for the benefit of our staff.â€Peter Stephan has taken his mission beyond local boundaries and offer it to tax professionals on a national basis. As a result, he has started a new subscription-based business service at taxresolutioninstitute.org that is exclusively for tax professionals. The goal of the site is to provide the tools, training, and ongoing support that tax professionals need to do the job right. Well beyond Pasadena and Southern California, Peter Stephan is carrying his message to the rest of the country to make sure that professionals in the tax resolution industry are legitimate, licensed and providing quality tax planning and tax resolution services. Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes First Heatwave Expected Next Week Top of the News Your email address will not be published. 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Others who had once been among the unbelievers now know the dangers firsthand. “To tell you the truth, I believed it did not exist. Now, after the hell I went through, I am convinced and I am telling the whole nation,” said an elderly woman, who had been treated with oxygen therapy for weeks. Coronavirus sceptics have gained a following around the world, from France to Australia and the United States, including Serbia, Brazil and South Africa.Conspiracy theory videos have notched up millions of views and continue to spread online despite efforts by social networks to shut down the disinformation.In Kosovo, the survey by Pyper poll company found that a third of the population did not believe the virus was real, while 61 percent said Covid-19 was “less risky than described” by authorities and media, said the company’s CEO Ilir Krasniqi. The scepticism is a huge problem for the government as it tries to enforce measures in Kosovo, which had its deadliest month yet in August with nearly 300 deaths – a toll higher than all the three prior months combined.Citing the poll’s “intolerable” findings, Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti’s government has tightened curfews in hot-spot cities, ordered early closures for restaurants and bars and banned public gatherings and religious ceremonies. In mid-August, parliament also adopted a separate anti-Covid law with harsh penalties for those who violate safety measures, including a 35-euro ($41) fine for not wearing a mask outdoors and a 500-euro fine for violating isolation orders. The law’s champion, parliamentary speaker Vjosa Osmani, said it also targeted virus deniers.”The damage they do to society is great and their misinformation should not be left unpunished,” she said. Yet, 25-year-old Mendim Hoxha, a designer in eastern Gjilan, remains unconvinced.At the entrance to his office is a sign that says “no masks needed here”.”I don’t see the threat by the pandemic,” he told AFP. “The deaths are not caused by the virus but by other health issues.”Leonard Presheva, a 28-year-old Pristina resident, insists the virus is no more than a normal flu.”In the beginning they said keep a distance, wear masks and gloves. Now nobody cares now about distance and gloves, but they want us to wear the masks so they can block our breathing during 40-degree weather,” he told AFP.Some say it is no surprise to see such sceptics in a society where corruption and an unstable political scene have eaten away at public trust in government for years. “A considerable part of the population is filled with conspiracy theories that this is only in the interest of governments, of great powers, of certain political forces,” said sociologist Shemsi Krasniqi, a professor at Pristina university.Topics : Inside Kosovo’s hospitals, beds are filling up with the sick and dying as Covid-19 tears through one of Europe’s poorest corners. But outside on the streets, a third of the population believe the pandemic is pure hoax, according to a recent poll that has shocked a government now trying to tackle the scourge of disbelief. Kosovo, a former Serbian province home to 1.8 million, has recently seen some of the highest Covid-19 death rates in Europe – while having one of the weakest healthcare systems. In Pristina, relatives, many from rural areas, told AFP that they took shifts waiting outside the infectious disease clinic to be close to their sick loved ones and on hand to buy medicine as the hospital reserves were almost empty.In a bid to convince the public of the real dangers at hand, the government has decided to let media into previously sealed hospital wards to film the suffering. “Tell those outside who don’t believe what you saw here,” an exhausted elderly man, recovering at the infectious disease clinic after a two-week battle with the respiratory disease, told a local TV channel.”Don’t joke with this. How can anyone believe a lie that the virus does not exist?” he implored.