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.
Massachusetts tax laws are difficult to understand and often business owners are overwhelmed with the complexity of having to file taxes for their company. Filing and paying taxes is not optional and not following tax law could lead to claims of tax evasion and resulting consequences.
Let's face facts, not very many people jump up and down when it's time to pay their taxes. Every year, thousands of people pay in to the IRS, to settle any outstanding balance they may owe. However, sometimes taxpayers make mistakes on returns or neglect to file the correct documentation. Recently, false tax returns resulted in charges of tax evasion for a former Revere, Massachusetts, accountant.