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According to a Department of Justice press release, an Idaho man recently pleaded guilty to tax evasion after failing to report more than $500,000 of income over seven tax years. This story should serve as a reminder to those who have under-reported income or over-reported deductions to evade federal income tax. If you have failed to file a tax return for one or more years or have falsified your federal or state income tax returns, it is in your best interest to consult with an experienced tax defense attorney to develop a strategy to get right with the government.

Defendant Hid Income, Failed to Pay Taxes for At Least Seven Years

Court documents reveal that Scott Koritznsky of Meridian, Idaho pleaded guilty to one count of tax evasion after federal authorities accused him of taking various steps to evade the payment of federal income taxes. Federal investigators discovered that Koritznsky did not have a bank account in his name but caused his business income to be deposited into the accounts of others. Koritznsky’s expenses were then paid directly out of the third-party accounts. Purchases made from such accounts included checks made to cash, private school tuition payments, and rent payments.

Koritznsky will be sentenced in July. He faces up to five years in federal prison for the one count of tax evasion. Additionally, Koritznsky could be sentenced to serve up to three years of supervised release, commencing upon the completion of his federal prison term. Lastly, Koritznsky will likely be ordered to pay restitution to the IRS, representing the tax loss that he caused. This case illustrates that there are two ways to commit income tax evasion. In the assessment process by purposefully understating tax due and ownable and in the payment process on tax debt that is already on the books through evasion of payment.

Getting Right with the Government After Getting Behind

As the defendant in the story above has discovered, the repercussions for committing tax crimes can be life changing. In addition to having to come up with the tax due, interest, and penalties, it is likely that the defendant will be required to spend a considerable amount of time in federal prison. Any outstanding tax exposures should be addressed before they escalate to the point of a federal prosecution.

Working with an experienced tax lawyer, you will identify the extent of your tax exposures and work on developing a strategy that can be employed to come into compliance. While there are numerous options that can be used to correct past tax mistakes, your seasoned tax attorney will work to ensure that the correct avenue is used, given your particular facts and circumstances. You should discuss any tax position you have taken that you could not support if it were questioned by the a State Taxing Authority or the IRS in an audit, eggshell audit, reverse egg shell audit or criminal tax investigation. While you are being represented by a tax defense attorney, you will not have to interact with the IRS or State Tax Authority alone.

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.

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