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Former Kansas Race Driver Sentenced to Three Years in Prison for Tax Evasion

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    Earlier this month, convicted tax evader and racketeer Scott Tucker received additional sentencing after pleading guilty to one count of filing a false tax return. Tucker, the subject of an episode of Netflix’s popular “Dirty Money” series, was already serving time for conducting an illicit payday loan scheme, concealing income from the IRS, and using tribal law to violate state lending laws

    After pleading guilty as part of a plea agreement in November, Tucker still received 36 months of prison time and was ordered to pay the IRS roughly $40 million. This additional action just goes to show that the IRS has the capability and motivation to pursue every dime that they believe they are owed. The implications of this extend to every taxpayer with past noncompliance and are not limited to just the most egregious tax cheats like Tucker.

    If you believe that past mistakes in your personal or small business tax filings may come back to haunt you, the time is now to act. At the Tax Law Offices of David W. Klasing, we urge you to get immediate assistance from our Dual Licensed Tax Attorney CPAs by calling our offices at (800) 681-1295 today.

    Former Racing Star, Subject of “Dirty Money” Netflix Series, Receives Prison Time and $40 Million in Penalties After Pleading Guilty to Tax Evasion

    On March 2, the U.S. District Attorney’s Office for the State of Kansas announced that Scott Tucker of Leawood had been sentenced to 36 months in prison and ordered to pay additional restitution and penalties to the IRS estimated to be worth roughly $40 million in total. In November of last year, Tucker, 59, pled guilty to one count of filing a false tax return. Other charges that Tucker faced were dropped as part of a plea agreement.

    Prior Career and Criminal History

    Tucker’s name rose to prominence due to his racing career. Tucker was a professional driver who competed in multiple racing series under the banner of his own racing company, Level 5 Motorsports.

    But Tucker is likely more well known for being featured in an episode of Netflix’s documentary series “Dirty Money,” which documented several notable financial misconduct cases. Tucker’s episode covered the charges leveled against Tucker starting in 2012.

    Tucker was the CEO of AMG Services, a company that primarily operated in the payday loan business. It was determined that AMG Services, at the direction of Tucker, charged customers inflated fees based on predatory and incomplete contracts. The court also determined that AMG Services improperly utilized the sovereign immunity laws only available to tribal entities in order to escape state lending regulations.

    Tucker was ultimately arrested and convicted of 14 counts of various financial crimes, including racketeering, filing a false tax return, wire fraud, and making illegal payday loans. Tucker himself allegedly failed to report more than $117 million in income across the taxable years of 2009 and 2010. For his part, Tucker received 16 and a half years in prison time at Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary in his 2017 sentence.

    However, perhaps the most notable of the sentences came from Tucker’s violation of Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act. The U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada ordered Tucker and his co-conspirators to pay $1.3 billion in penalties for “deceiving consumers across the country and illegally charging them undisclosed and inflated fees.” The $1.3 billion court order represents the largest judgment that the FTC has ever won in court.

    New Charges from Racing Business

    Tucker’s prior litigation history all had to do with his association with AMG Services. However, the most recent allegations concern Tucker’s concealed income derived from his racing company, Level 5 Motorsports. As part of Tucker’s plea agreement, he admitted that Level 5 did not function as a for-profit business and instead acted as a shield to his tax liability.This resulted in Tucker’s submission of false information on his 2010 filing of his Form 1040 tax return.

    Tucker is still serving his sentence from his prior convictions associated with the payday loan scheme. The court has allowed Tucker to serve the two sentences concurrently. Tucker was also ordered to pay $40 million in restitution and penalties for the unpaid tax debt.

    What Can We Take Away from the Scott Tucker Case?

    Though Tucker’s situation is an extreme and egregious example, it is an example, nonetheless. Even though Tucker was already in federal prison and had received the largest payment order for FTC violations to date, the IRS was not finished.

    The federal government’s tax watchdog is keen on discovering the extent of impropriety in tax disclosure and payment, whether it be willful or not. Therefore, minor discrepancies or simple mistakes will often result in additional scrutiny, which could come in the form of an audit or even a criminal tax investigation.

    These invasive and serious government actions can be harmful even if you have nothing to hide. The mere existence of a government inquiry can impact your time and resources, personal and professional reputation, and your ability to secure credit. Therefore, if you are facing a government audit or have reason to suspect that you may face one in the future, you must prepare your defenses so that the process resolves as quickly and painlessly as possible.

    The best way to do this is to contact a qualified Dual Licensed Tax Attorney CPAs as soon as possible. Government audits use intimidation and invasiveness as tools, but you can prevent those targeted forces from affecting you when you have effective representation.

    If you have failed to file a tax return for one or more years or have taken a position on a tax return that could not be supported upon an IRS or state tax authority audit, eggshell audit, reverse eggshell audit, or criminal tax investigation, it is in your best interest to contact an experienced tax defense attorney to determine your best route back into federal or state tax compliance without facing criminal prosecution.

    Note: As long as a taxpayer that has willfully committed tax crimes (potentially including non-filed foreign information returns coupled with affirmative evasion of U.S. income tax on offshore income) self-reports the tax fraud (including a pattern of non-filed returns) through a domestic or offshore voluntary disclosurebefore the IRS has started an audit or criminal tax investigation / prosecution, the taxpayer can ordinarily be successfully brought back into tax compliance and receive a nearly guaranteed pass on criminal tax prosecution and simultaneously often receive a break on the civil penalties that would otherwise apply. 

    It is imperative that you hire an experienced and reputable criminal tax defense attorney to take you through the voluntary disclosure process. Only an Attorney has the Attorney Client Privilege and Work Product Privileges that will prevent the very professional that you hire from being potentially being forced to become a witness against you, especially where they prepared the returns that need to be amended, in a subsequent criminal tax audit, investigation or prosecution.

    Moreover, only an Attorney can enter you into a voluntary disclosure without engaging in the unauthorized practice of law (a crime in itself). Only an Attorney trained in Criminal Tax Defense fully understands the risks and rewards involved in voluntary disclosures and how to protect you if you do not qualify for a voluntary disclosure.

    As uniquely qualified and extensively experienced Criminal Tax Defense Tax Attorneys, KovelCPAs and EAs, our firm provides a one stop shop to efficiently achieve the optimal and predictable results that simultaneously protect your liberty and your net worth. See our Testimonials to see what our clients have to say about us!

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    If you find yourself facing criminal charges or the subject of an invasive IRS audit, it is not too late to benefit from the assistance we can provide. Our dual-licensed Tax Attorneys and CPAs have plenty of experience dealing with criminal defense and can be by your side throughout your advocacy.

    If you have failed to file a tax return for one or more years or have taken a position on a tax return that could not be supported upon an IRS or state tax authority audit, eggshell audit, reverse eggshell audit, or criminal tax investigation, it is in your best interest to contact an experienced tax defense attorney to determine your best route back into federal or state tax compliance without facing criminal prosecution.

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