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Missouri Man Sentenced to Three Years in Prison for Tax Evasion

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    According to a Department of Justice press release, a Missouri man was recently sentenced to serve three years without parole after being convicted of tax evasion. This story exemplifies the likelihood of severe civil and criminal consequences for those who attempt to skirt federal and state income tax laws. If you have failed to file a tax return for one or more years, or have filed a tax return with false or misleading information, that could not be supported upon an IRS or state tax audit, egg shell audit, reverse eggshell audit or criminal tax investigation it is in your best interest to contact an experienced tax defense attorney to determine your options to come into tax compliance.

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    Defendant Failed to File a Tax Return for Several Years, Provided False Info to His Tax Preparer When He Tried to Catch Up

    Court records reveal that Duane Dixon, 59, of Sedalia, Missouri, failed to timely file tax returns for multiple years starting in 2005. In 2010, Dixon hired a tax preparer to get him caught up through the 2010 tax year. Unbeknownst to the tax preparer, Dixon had provided information that dramatically understated his taxable income. Dixon’s omissions to his tax preparer resulted in an underpayment of tax of more than $235,000 with penalties and interest totaling an additional $400,000. During the same period, Dixon racked up a tax bill of more than $50,000 with the state of Missouri that also went unpaid.

    Between 2005 and 2013, the IRS attempted to collect taxes from Dixon and sent him various correspondences to that effect. During that same period, Dixon filed for bankruptcy several times, attempting to have his tax debt extinguished by a federal court. Although his attempts were fruitless, he furthered his attempt to evade the payment of taxes by lying to IRS agents about his true amount of income and assets. Dixon purchased several real estate properties and rented them to tenants under a business formed as an LLC. When asked by the IRS whether he had any interest in a business entity, he responded in the negative. After the IRS learned of the assets owned by his LLC, they placed alter ego liens on the properties. Subsequently, Dixon transferred those properties to his adult children for no consideration.

    Dodging Tax Debt Can Result in Serious Civil and Criminal Consequences

    The Department of Justice noted in their filings that instead of paying his tax debt, the defendant used the substantial income he earned for lifestyle expenses such as luxury vehicles and motorcycles. In addition to being sentenced to three years in federal prison with no parole, Dixon was ordered to pay restitution of nearly $640,000.

    Over the next 36 months, the defendant will likely reflect on the things that he could have done differently to avoid a stint in federal prison. One of those things could have been discussing his set of circumstances with a tax defense attorney. A seasoned tax lawyer will work with a taxpayer to determine their level of civil or criminal exposure. Then, a taxpayer and their tax attorney will jointly determine the best strategy to move forward and bring the taxpayer into compliance. All the while, the taxpayer will not have to go up against the IRS alone.

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