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Home-grown IRS agent pays special attention to death and taxes

Tara Sullivan, the new interim Special-Agent-in-Charge of the Nevada office of the IRS Criminal Investigation Division, wants everyone to remember the adage about death and taxes this time of year. The fraud her agents investigate, including the filing of returns under the names of the deceased, costs honest taxpayers billions of dollars each year.

Elaine Wynn unrelenting in fight over shares

While Wynn Resorts Chairman and CEO Steve Wynn spent Thursday wowing shareholders with his big plans for the company, ex-wife and former board member Elaine Wynn this week was busy sending more legal shots across the bow of the gaming giant.

Corporations created in Las Vegas don’t stay in Las Vegas

M.F. Corporate Services, the Las Vegas representative and shell corporation-creating functionary of the Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca & Co., is at the center of a swirling international scandal that has shed a critical light on Nevada’s easy and secretive laws of incorporation.

Wynns at war? We’ve seen this movie before

When the Wynns go to war, it makes front-page news. Their quarrels echo from Las Vegas Boulevard all the way to Wall Street. Some will cover their eyes. Others won’t be able to look away. I’m struck by a sense of cinematic deja vu.