A man from Mendon, Massachusetts, was recently convicted of a tax crime after the IRS claimed that he under-reported the income that he received from advertisers on his blog. He was convicted of filing a false income tax return at the federal court in Boston, Massachusetts. The U.S. Attorney and the Department of Justice representatives say that the man pleaded guilty to the charge of filing a false income tax return. According to authorities, the man operated a blog as a part-time job. The blog was about computers and other electronics. Advertisers paid the man for advertising space to contribute articles to the site that reviewed computers, computer components and other items.
The town council in Franklin, Massachusetts, has accepted a new measure offered by the state that allows senior citizens to defer two new types of charges. Seniors residing in the town already had the option to defer property taxes, but they now can also include their water and sewer bills to the deferment program. The taxation plan would allow homeowners the age of 65 older to defer up to half of their property tax, water bill and sewage bill. These senior homeowners would be allowed to defer those taxes until they either decide to sell their home or their death. The program would generally give the homeowners an additional $3,000 to $4,000. The program also includes an exemption for senior citizens on betterment charges, such as upgrades to the sewer system.
A man from Dartmouth, Massachusetts, was recently sentenced after his tax evasion conviction. He received a sentence for two years and a $50,000 fine and over $300,000 in restitution, payable to the Internal Revenue Service. According to court documents, the man and his girlfriend defrauded the country by avoiding tax assessments and the collection of income taxes for three years. He did not file any tax returns or pay the taxes that he owed for these years. He had acquired a number of real estate units and received rental income for most of these properties, some of which were commercial properties. He also received capital gains on some investments. For the three years that he did not pay income taxes, he made between $264,000 and $485,000.
A New England legislator convicted recently of tax crimes says that he is remorseful of his actions -- but he and his business partner could still receive up to eight years each in federal prison for their actions when they are sentenced later this year. The legislator pleaded guilty to tax fraud and conspiracy in federal court late last month.