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Pennsylvania Couple Charged with Multiple Tax Crimes, Including Failing to Pay Employment Taxes

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    A recent Department of Justice press release highlights the importance of employment tax compliance for business owners. A Pennsylvania man and woman were charged with conspiring to defraud the IRS and other tax crimes, including failing to pay employment taxes. If you have failed to comply with employment tax withholding or filing requirements, you should consider consulting with an experienced tax defense attorney to discuss your options to come into compliance.

    Defendant Allegedly Defrauded IRS and Failed to Pay Over Withholding Taxes

    The indictment, unsealed recently, reveals that from October 2013 to December 2021, Theodore Shearba and Jennifer Cemini of Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania, owned and operated a landscaping and excavation business. They are accused of attempting to defraud the IRS by not reporting income from their business, using business funds for personal expenses, not paying employment taxes, and changing business names and concealing income to avoid IRS efforts to collect unpaid taxes. Shearba is also alleged to have failed to file individual income tax returns for tax years 2019 through 2021.

    If convicted, both Shearba and Cemini face a maximum penalty of five years in prison for the conspiracy count and each employment tax count. Shearba may also face a maximum penalty of one year in prison for each count of failing to file a tax return.

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    Coming Into Tax Compliance Before it is Too Late

    Federal law requires that business owners and payroll administrators set aside taxes from employees’ paychecks, account for such withholding, and remit the funds to the government. Withholding from employees’ paychecks is the primary source of tax revenue and the Department of Justice and the IRS won’t hesitate to take action against anyone who is suspected of defrauding the system.

    While complying with federal employment tax laws and regulations can sometimes be burdensome and confusing, business owners must remain vigilant in fulfilling their tax obligations to avoid the risks associated with noncompliance. If you have failed to properly follow federal employment tax laws or have received a notice that your business is being audited or investigated for employment tax compliance, it is in your best interest to contact an experienced tax defense lawyer to discuss your case.

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