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Arkansas Man Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion, Faces Prison and Restitution

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    According to a Department of Justice press release, an Arkansas resident recently pleaded guilty to tax evasion after fraudulently instructing his employer to not withhold federal income taxes from his paycheck and failing to file tax returns. This story should remind taxpayers that failing to report your true amount of income on an annual basis violates multiple federal income tax laws. While it may seem like a single taxpayer is a small fish in a big pond, the IRS has employed advanced technology to root out and identify those individuals intentionally violating federal tax law. If you have failed to file a tax return for one or more years, or have filed a knowingly false tax return, it is in your best interest to contact an experienced tax defense attorney to determine the best strategy to come into compliance.

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    Defendant Fraudulently Instructed Employer to Stop Withholding Taxes from His Paycheck

    Court documents reveal that between 2014 and 2016, Joshua Wood, of Alma, Arkansas, instructed his employer to not withhold federal income tax from his paycheck. During those same years, the defendant failed to file an individual tax return. The IRS and Department of Justice estimate that during that same period, the defendant earned more than $378,000 working as a salesman of automobiles and recreational vehicles.

    When confronted by IRS investigators, the defendant falsified a story about being a wounded veteran who had been shot down on a Navy mission, prompting post-traumatic stress disorder. Further, the defendant attempted to shield himself from civil or criminal liability by falsely claiming that a CPA had been responsible for his tax return filings. The IRS and Department of Justice determined that no such CPA had prepared his taxes or had been hired to do so. Just the mere act of lying to a federal agent is a felony in and of itself.

    The defendant faces up to five years in prison for each count of tax evasion. Further, he may be ordered to serve a period of supervised release upon the completion of any prison sentence. Finally, the defendant will likely be ordered to pay restitution to the IRS, representing the amount of tax loss caused.

    The IRS Goes After Taxpayers from All Walks of Life, Not Just Celebrities, and the Uber-Wealthy

    The amount that the IRS claims the defendant failed to pay in taxes as a part of this case evidences that criminal charges may be brought against those who think of themselves to be a small fish in a big pond. Although many Americans believe that the IRS and Department of Justice targets only those who are high earners or are constantly in the public eye, technological advances at the IRS have allowed the Service to identify and investigate taxpayers from all walks of life accused of failing to follow federal income tax laws.

    If you have failed to file a tax return for one or more years or have filed a tax return that does not accurately reflect your true income, It could only be a matter of time until the IRS discovers your wrongdoing and attempts to make contact with you to rectify the situation. Generally speaking, taxpayers who make an affirmative effort to correct their tax exposures have more favorable outcomes than those who wait for the IRS to launch an investigation. Working with an experienced tax defense attorney, you will first determine the pertinent facts of your case, and then agree on a road map forward to get you right with the government. While you are being represented by a seasoned tax attorney, you won’t have to go up against the IRS or Department of Justice alone.

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