A man who is charged with 22 counts of tax evasion over a period of six years is the president and treasurer of a landscaping company in Amesbury, Massachusetts. He has held his position with the company since 1997. The state attorney general has accused the man of failing to pay over $445,000 in employer contributions that the business was legally bound to pay. This amount includes interest and amounts due to the unemployment trust fund. The nonpayment of taxes allegedly occurred between October 2006 and January of this year. The workers were being paid, and the business was operating at the time, signifying the business owner's legal responsibility to pay employer contributions to the government. Workers who were no longer employed by the company collected more than $595,000 in unemployment wages in spite of the company's failure to pay in the required $445,000 in contributions.
Closing your foreign bank account does not excuse you from disclosing it. With the end of the offshore bank account amnesty program called the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Initiative, the consequences for not disclosing your foreign bank accounts is even greater. Transparency is truly the best policy. Those who do not follow these 10 rules may face at least five years in prison, three years of supervised probation and up to $250,000 in fines and fees.
Nearly everyone recognizes that theft is a serious crime. However, many don't realize that most perpetrators also commit tax crimes when they fail to inform the federal government of their stolen profits.
Tax law is confusing. If you run your own business or have otherwise complicated tax returns, it's easy to make mistakes and end up owing the IRS a lot of money.
If you are found guilty of evading federal taxes, the chances of facing prison time are high. At least that is what one U.S. District judge from Massachusetts said in a recent case. He sentenced a New Hampshire man to one year in federal prison for conspiracy to defraud the government through the evasion of income taxes. The defendant was also fined $7,500 and ordered to pay restitution to the government of more than $178,000 for the tax evasion.