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Couple receives audit letter
Some members of Renaissance, The Tax People,
have received audit notices from the Internal Revenue Service.
A letter sent to a Lawrence couple says the IRS is assisting
the U.S. Attorney's office in an ongoing grand jury investigation
of Renaissance owner Michael Cooper for the years 1998 and
"I just don't know what all of this will entail," said
Helen Chambers, a Lawrence taxpayer who received the letter. "I
can tell you it's a rather frightening experience. I just
don't know what to anticipate."
A spokeswoman for the IRS declined to comment because the
investigation is ongoing.
The letter says as a result of this investigation it is
necessary to review the couple's tax returns that were prepared
by a representative of Renaissance.
The letter requests the taxpayers to attend a meeting with
a revenue agent and bring the following information:
. Any books and records used to determine income and expenses
on the returns prepared by Renaissance representatives.
. Copies of any instructions, publications or other information
used to support the tax treatment of items claimed as deduction
on Schedule C.
. Copies of any amended returns filed and documentation
supporting the changed items.
. Copies of the prior and subsequent year returns, including
any amended returns submitted.
. Copies of any correspondence or notices received from
the Internal Revenue Service regarding the years indicated.
Chambers said she spoke to the IRS agent who sent the letter,
and he told her that she wasn't the target of the investigation.
"He assured me that we had not been singled out or
anything," she said.
Chambers said she became an independent marketing associate
for Renaissance in January 1998. She used the company's tax
advice in operating a home-based business. Her accountant,
who wasn't involved with Renaissance, reviewed all of her
tax materials and prepared her tax returns, she said.
Chambers said she has been involved with various network
marketing and direct sales companies since the mid-1970s,
working as a distributor from her home.
"I'm always looking into something new, but after this
to tell you the truth, I'm ready to just shut down," she
The Topeka-based tax firm has been the subject of investigations
by the U.S. attorney general, U.S. Postal Service inspectors
and the Criminal Investigation Division of the Internal Revenue
Service. A federal forfeiture complaint filed by Jackie Williams,
U.S. attorney for Kansas, accuses the company of mail fraud
and money laundering. Kansas Attorney General Carla Stovall
has filed a civil lawsuit alleging Renaissance is operating
an illegal pyramid scheme. Stovall continues to investigate
whether Cooper and Renaissance are in violation of Kansas
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