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IRS wants taxpayers to know that tax crimes do not pay

Heading into the frenzy of tax season, the IRS wants Massachusetts taxpayers to know that filing inaccurate returns or failing to make necessary disclosures may result in prosecution for tax evasion or other tax crimes. In addition to paying any unpaid taxes, penalties and fines, the IRS may aggressively pursue imprisonment of taxpayers that commit tax crimes.

Swiss financier faces charges of fraud

Tax experts in Massachusetts are watching a case that involves federal prosecutors charging a Swiss asset manager for tax evasion through offshore trust funds at numerous banks in Switzerland. The 52-year-old citizen of Switzerland could be sentenced to a maximum of five years in custody for the tax crimes. Authorities have charged him with engaging in fraud for at least 13 years and claim he worked with at least five financial institutions in his native country on the scheme.

Protest movements roundly rejected by judges

A recent tax case involving a woman who claimed that she didn't owe tax because she was not an American citizen was sentenced to five years in prison. The woman represented herself and reportedly did herself no favors by being rude and vocal toward prosecutors and the judge in her case. It also didn't help that she claimed over $8 million in tax refunds that she was not entitled to. She tried to claim that she was exempt from paying tax because she was a sovereign citizen, a status that people in Massachusetts and around the country have on occasion tried to claim.

Massachusetts man sentenced after tax evasion allegations

A Massachusetts man who owns a drywall and plastering business was sentenced to three years of probation, six months of home detention, and three months in a halfway house at the end of a tax evasion case on Dec. 19. The man, owner of P.L Drywall Inc., was ordered to pay a $3,000 fine as well as nearly $200,000 in back taxes. The case stems from allegedly falsified tax returns that concealed over $900,000 in income from 2004 to 2006. According to a report, he reportedly lied about his income during an interview with the IRS.

Crackdown on identity theft and tax fraud

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.

Former U.S. Rep. pleads guilty to tax fraud

Former United States representative Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, a former alderman, will be heading to prison after admitting to being involved in misusing campaign funds. In February, the pair pleaded guilty to several tax crimes. If a Massachusetts citizen is found guilty of a federal tax crime, they could also be the recipient of a prison sentence.

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