According to a Department of Justice press release, 50-year-old defendant Randall Barker of Stilwell, Kansas was sentenced in January to serve one year of federal probation after pleading guilty to a single count of tax evasion. Barker, who was named president of Kansas City flooring business Wholesale Flooring, Inc. in 2001, was also required to pay the Internal Revenue Service restitution totaling more than $101,000 for tax losses caused by his failure to report income. If you have not reported all of your taxable income to the IRS in the past – or if you are unsure which income needs to be reported this year – get peace of mind by talking to an experienced tax compliance attorney and CPA about what steps to take next.
In his guilty plea, Barker confessed to failing to report all of his taxable business income to the IRS, underreporting income from the company during the four-year period from 2011 to 2014. According to the DOJ, Barker “took direct payments from customers, removed cash from business deposits and altered invoices to show less income for the business” than the actual amounts earned.
Many tax offenders receive even tougher penalties than a year of probation – including prison time. According to statistics published by the United States Sentencing Commission, “More than half of tax fraud offenders were sentenced to imprisonment only (59.1%)” in 2017, while, during the same period, “The average sentence length for tax fraud offenders was 17 months,” or one year and five months in prison. Like many tax offenders, Barker also paid a high financial price, with costly IRS restitution orders commonplace. (Take, for example, the Minnesota business owner recently ordered to pay the IRS over $1 million, or the Connecticut salesman ordered to pay more than $650,000.)
Tax evasion is a felony offense, defined at 26 U.S. Code § 7201, which refers to the crime as an “attempt to evade or defeat tax.” Under this statute, the maximum federal prison sentence for tax evasion is five years, in addition to or in place of a criminal fine of up to $100,000 (or, for corporations, $500,000), separate from any IRS restitution otherwise imposed. Other crimes similar to tax evasion include:
Tax evasion, failure to file returns, failure to pay taxes, filing false returns, aiding false returns, and other tax crimes are punishable by probation, high fines, large restitution orders, and months or years of prison time, in addition to professional sanctions where appropriate. The consequences of a tax evasion arrest or investigation can be devastating. Protect your rights aggressively and proactively by seeking counsel from an award-winning income tax evasion lawyer with more than 20 years of legal experience practicing tax law in California. To arrange a confidential, reduced-rate consultation, contact the Tax Law Office of David W. Klasing online, or call our main office in Irvine at (800) 681-1295 today.
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