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Louisiana Man Pleads Guilty After Conspiring to Defraud the IRS

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    According to a Department of Justice press release, a Louisiana man recently pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud the IRS after he and co-conspirators directed his compensation through a nominee entity in an effort to escape employment tax withholding and to aid in his attempt to underreport earned income. This story should remind taxpayers who are tempted to or have underreported income or otherwise structure their compensation in a way to avoid the application of tax laws that the IRS and Department of Justice will not hesitate to audit or investigate and pursue criminal tax charges, if deemed necessary. If you have failed to file a tax return for one or more years, or have taken an unsupportable position on a filed tax return, it is in your best interest to contact an experienced tax defense attorney as soon as possible to discuss your options to come into tax compliance without facing criminal tax prosecution.

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    Defendant Caused His Paycheck to be Paid Through Nominee Entity

    Court documents reveal that Randall Lackey, a resident of Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, worked with co-conspirators to route his wages through a nominee entity. Lackey, an employee of SES Construction Consulting Group and Global Technical Solutions, with the help of others, caused his wages to be paid to R&O Renovations and Reconstructions, a company that he controlled. The practical effect of routing the wages in such a way was the avoidance of employment taxes being withheld from his paycheck. In addition to the alleged illegal activity described above, prosecutors allege that Lackey and co-conspirators hired workers who lacked authorization to work in the United States.

    Lackey will not be sentenced until next March. He faces up to five years in prison. Additionally, Lackey may be ordered to serve up to three years of supervised release upon the completion of his physical incarceration. Lastly, Lackey may be ordered to pay restitution to the IRS, representing the amount of tax loss that he caused.

    Understanding the Difference Between Tax Planning and Tax Fraud

    There is nothing illegal about lawful tax structuring. Though, when taxpayers attempt to get creative in their tax planning without consulting with or without a tax attorney / CPA, areas of criminal and civil exposure often develop. U.S. courts have said that while there is no legal obligation to pay the most amount of tax possible, there is generally not a defense to willfully disregarding tax laws.

    If you have failed to file a tax return for one or more years, or if you have filed a tax return that contains knowingly false information that could not be supported upon the scrutiny of an audit, it is in your best interest to discuss your facts and circumstances with a seasoned tax attorney. Together, you will determine the best route to get you right with the government. While you are being represented by a seasoned tax lawyer, you won’t have to face the IRS or Department of Justice alone.

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