Earlier this week, an Attleboro man was convicted in U.S. District Court after allegations that he perpetrated more than $50 million worth of fraud against the Internal Revenue Service.
A Rhode Island general contractor pled guilty to two counts of tax evasion and eight counts of wire fraud earlier this week, following an investigation by agents from the FBI Boston Field Office and the Boston office of the IRS's criminal investigation division.
All American citizens who have offshore bank accounts totaling more than $10,000 are required to disclose those accounts to the Internal Revenue Service and pay any applicable taxes.
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.
There may be times when Boston residents make mistakes. This can be especially true when it comes to the complexities of tax law and alleged tax evasion issues. One Massachusetts pediatrician may know first-hand how serious these types of charges can be, as he was recently sentenced in federal court for several counts of tax evasion and failing to file tax returns.On Nov. 29, a U.S. District Judge sentenced the doctor to nine months of home confinement with electronic bracelet monitoring. The man was also fined $20,000. The nine months of home confinement will be part of a five-year period of supervised release, during which time the doctor is required to cooperate with the Internal Revenue Service in paying his outstanding tax obligation.
A Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) inspector is now facing tax crimes charges, as prosecutors claim that he lied on state income tax forms. The man was also indicted by a Suffolk County Grand Jury on several charges of larceny.
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.
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.
The Internal Revenue Service has its hands full conducting investigations into tax evasion. Until recently, any investigation into this area was made harder because many tax evaders would hide their assets overseas. Unless declarations were made of these assets, the Internal Revenue Service would not be able to track them. However, in Massachusetts and elsewhere in the United States, the Internal Revenue Service is using a more direct strategy by providing reduced penalties and no jail time for tax evaders to come clean.
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.