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Georgia Businessman Sentenced to Prison for Tax Evasion

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Georgia Businessman Sentenced to Prison for Tax Evasion

According to a Department of Justice press release, a Georgia restaurant owner was recently sentenced to serve time in federal prison for willfully violating federal tax laws. This story should serve as an example of the type of severe repercussions a federal criminal tax investigation and prosecution can result in. If you have failed to file a tax return for one or more years or have taken a position on a filed tax return that could not be supported upon audit, it is in your best interest to contact an experienced tax attorney to discuss your options to come into income tax compliance in a manner that removes the risk of criminal tax prosecution.

Court records reveal that Eugene R. Britt III, also known as Trey Britt, from Milledgeville, Georgia, was recently sentenced to 24 months in prison for tax evasion in relation to his ownership of several bars, a restaurant in Georgia, and beer sales at a music festival. Court documents indicate that for the past two decades, Britt and his co-owners concealed their ownership interests by nominally attributing each establishment to a single person. They also skimmed and disbursed profits among themselves without reporting this income to the IRS. Additionally, Britt adopted a similar structure for beer sales at a 2015 music festival and failed to report the cash he received from these businesses or the festival on his personal income tax returns.

In addition to the prison sentence, U.S. District Judge J. Randal Hall of the Southern District of Georgia ordered Britt to serve three years of supervised release and pay a $10,000 fine and $362,250 in restitution.

Coming Into Compliance with the Help of a Tax Attorney

The defendant in the above case likely now understands the potentially life-changing consequences of intentionally skirting federal tax law. If you find yourself in a situation where you believe you have provided intentionally misleading information on a filed tax return or have failed to file a required return altogether, you should contact a seasoned tax attorney to help bring you into compliance.

Together, you will work with your experienced tax attorney to determine the important facts of your case and you will jointly develop a roadmap to get you right with the IRS while keeping your financial wellbeing and freedom top-of-mind.

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 disclosure before 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.

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