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Massachusetts lawyer sentenced to prison time for tax evasion

A lawyer from Colrain received a sentence that includes time in federal prison for his conviction of a tax crime. Formerly, he practiced in Greenfield but has since had his legal license suspended.

The man received a six-month prison sentence for his tax evasion conviction. He was also sentenced to a year of probation and was fined $8,000. The charges stem from his failure to report the full amount of his income from 2005 to 2008. According to his lawyer in the case, his actions were a result of financial stress caused by a divorce. Prosecutors say that the man has already paid approximately $150,000 in delinquent taxes.

Tax evasion charges may arise for a variety of reasons. A person may commit tax evasion when he or she misrepresents the amount of income made to the Internal Revenue Service. Tax evasion can also be committed if deductions are inflated or money is hidden in an offshore account. All of these actions may cause a person's tax liability to appear less than it really is.

If someone is facing charges for tax evasion or believes that he or she may have misrepresented income, an experienced tax lawyer may be of service. Options may be available that allow the taxpayer to pay off the unreported tax liability or avoid the stiff penalties that are often associated with federal cases. Additionally, a tax lawyer may be able to provide solid legal advice to anyone who is confronting the serious consequences that come with a tax evasion charge.

Source: Boston Herald, "Greenfield lawyer gets 6 months on tax charges," Feb. 28, 2013

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