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Maryland Business Owner Pleads Guilty to Tax Evasion, Faces Lengthy Prison Sentence

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    According to a Department of Justice press release, a Maryland business owner recently pleaded guilty to tax evasion after underreporting business income. Intentionally underreporting business income is one of the most common tactics used by those trying to cheat the IRS, and unsurprisingly, it is one of the most common reasons for criminal tax prosecutions. If you have failed to file a tax return for one or more years, or have intentionally underreported your business income on your income tax filings, you should contact an experienced tax defense attorney for assistance in bringing you into tax compliance without facing criminal tax prosecution! But… you must knock on their door before they bang your door down.

    Defendant Intentionally Underreported Significant Amounts of Business Income

    Court records reveal that Jerry Lee Redman, a resident of Severn, Maryland, and owner of Redman Services Inc., (RSI) a paving and construction firm, admitted to purposefully evading his federal income taxes. Prosecutors alleged that from 2015 to 2018, Redman misrepresented RSI’s gross earnings in the company’s tax filings. He redirected clients to issue checks in his name instead of RSI’s, which he then deposited into his personal account. Such transactions went unrecorded in RSI’s corporate income tax returns. Additionally, Redman omitted other income sources from RSI and manipulated funds from the company’s account for personal use, neither of which he declared in his personal tax returns. He further distorted some of these personal expenditures as corporate expenses in RSI’s filings. Due to his willful actions, the IRS incurred a tax loss of approximately $666,113.

    The defendant will be sentenced at a later date. He faces a maximum prison sentence of five years. In addition, he could be subject to supervised release, monetary penalties, and be required to pay restitution to the IRS, representing the tax loss that he caused.

    Understanding the Difference Between Legal and Illegal Tax Strategies

    As noted earlier in this story, it is not uncommon for business owners to work toward lowering their tax bill. It’s not only uncommon, but it can also be legal. There are a variety of tax breaks and incentives that businesses can take advantage of to lower their overall tax burden. What business owners are not permitted to do is lie about the income that they earned or overstate the amount of deductions that they are entitled to. They also cannot claim tax credits to which they are not entitled too. Doing the latter can result in severe civil and criminal penalties and will likely outweigh any of the ill-gotten benefits that result from such fraudulent activity.

    Getting Back into Tax Compliance Without Facing Criminal Tax Prosecution

    If you have filed a tax return that was false or have failed to file a tax return for one or more years, it is in your best interest to contact an experienced civil and criminal tax defense attorney. Together with your seasoned tax lawyer, you will work to establish the pertinent facts of your case and develop a roadmap that will aim to bring you into tax compliance. In general, taxpayers who work toward rectifying their situation will have exponentially better outcomes than those who wait until the IRS initiates a criminal investigation or refers the case to the Department of Justice for criminal tax prosecution.

    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 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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