While many federal workers in Massachusetts and elsewhere were furloughed in the beginning of October as a result of the federal government shutdown, many federal law enforcement agents were working to crack an alleged tax fraud scheme centered in South Florida. As a result of the investigation, 45 individuals are facing charges for various tax crimes in 30 different cases.
Tax payers in Massachusetts may be interested in a recent article discussing how far back the IRS can go when attempting to charge a taxpayer with fraud or tax evasion. The answer depends on a few factors, and can range from three years to an unlimited amount of time.
A federal grand jury indicted a Pembroke man for sending papers to the U.S. secretary of the treasury, expecting payment of $100 billion. The man is facing two charges for tax evasion, seven charges of filing false tax returns, two charges of making false claims and endeavoring to impede the Internal Revenue Service.
Massachusetts residents may wish to know that, according to sources, one of the leading creation scientists is fighting the IRS over alleged taxes owed between 1998 and 2006. Kent Hovind is one of the leading advocates of "Young Earth Creationism," which holds that the Bible is inerrant. When read literally, the Bible allows for the earth's age to be about 6,000 years, rather than the scientifically accepted 4.5 billion years.