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.
Massachusetts native and acclaimed film maker Daniel Adams was arraigned recently in Boston Municipal Court. Adams directed the films "The Golden Boys" and "The Lightkeepers" on Cape Cod. Now he is accused of tax crimes in connection with the making of those movies. The film maker is accused of receiving a tax credit overpayment of approximately $4.7 million.
Massachusetts readers may be interested in the effect of a 2007 incident of tax fraud worth $48 million, which led Washington, D.C., to implement "enhanced control techniques" intended to detect any fraudulent tax-related activity in the future. These measures recently played a part in the discovery of a four-year tax refund scheme enacted by a tax examiner who worked for the District of Columbia Office of Tax and Revenue (DCOTR). The incident resulted in more than $400,000 essentially stolen from taxpayers. The 47-year old woman who was charged recently pled guilty to wire fraud in a Washington, D.C., federal court.
The accusation of a tax crime requires a strong defense in Massachusetts. The first inkling of a potential problem may come with a demand for a formal tax audit, whether at the state or federal level. Other indications of trouble are when an individual may be made aware that he or she has become the subject of a tax crimes investigation.