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Sometimes failing to file a tax return points to tax evasion

The IRS tends to pay attention when someone here in Massachusetts or elsewhere does not file a return. In many cases, the individual is not required to file a tax return because he or she anticipates a refund or does not make enough money to be required to do so, and the agency takes no action. However, there are times when an individual who does not file one or more returns ends up under investigation for tax evasion.

For instance, a man recently pleaded guilty to tax evasion after he failed to file tax returns from 2009 to 2016. However, he did more than just not file his federal income tax returns. According to testimony and documents, the man actively avoided paying taxes through a variety of methods.

He would open different bank accounts in different names, bought money orders or asked others to buy them for him, among other things. Reports indicate that through his efforts, he failed to pay no less than $250,000 in taxes over the years. He now faces up to five years in prison, along with other penalties.

Depending on the circumstances, the penalties for tax evasion could be more severe. As soon as a Massachusetts resident hears that he or she is under investigation for this or other tax crimes, it would be wise to consult with an experienced tax attorney. Enlisting the aid of someone who understands the Internal Revenue Code could prove invaluable in protecting an individual's rights and building a defense to any charges that could be forthcoming.

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