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Utah Man Sentenced to 51 Months in Prison for Tax Evasion


According to a Department of Justice press release, a Utah man was recently sentenced to serve 51 months in federal prison after being convicted of tax evasion and corruptly endeavoring to obstruct the IRS. This story should serve as a reminder to taxpayers with outstanding tax debt or unfiled tax returns that the civil and criminal penalties related to tax non-compliance can be severe. 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 lawyer to determine your best route back into federal or state tax compliance without facing criminal prosecution.

Defendant Sent Several Bad Checks to the IRS in Attempt to Extinguish Tax Debt

Court records reveal that Louis Hansen, of Orem, Utah, had incurred substantial tax debt in the related to several tax years prior to 2012. In March 2012, the defendant sent a check to the IRS in the amount of $342,669, purporting to be paying off back taxes, penalties, and interest. Unfortunately, the check sent to the IRS was drawn on a bank that the defendant knew to have been closed. After the IRS was unsuccessful in cashing the first check the defendant provided, he presented 10 more checks in the amount of $425,000 each to several different IRS offices around the country.

In addition to his 51-month prison sentence, Hansen was ordered to serve three years of supervised release to commence upon the completion of his physical incarceration. Additionally, the defendant was ordered to pay $342,699 in restitution to the IRS representing the tax loss that he caused.

Consulting a Seasoned Tax Attorney to Come into Tax Compliance.

Although most Americans do not attempt to pass phony checks to the IRS, many taxpayers have either outstanding tax debt or have unfiled tax returns. One of the best strategies a taxpayer can employ when dealing with a large amount of tax debt or the potential for penalties related to unfiled tax returns is to consult with an experienced tax defense attorney. Together, you will determine the pertinent facts and circumstances of your case. Next, you will jointly decide on a path forward to bring you into compliance while keeping your physical and financial freedom top of mind. There are various programs established by the IRS to help taxpayers that have fallen behind on payments or the filing of tax returns. Your tax attorney will help you determine the best plan for you. While you are being represented by a seasoned tax lawyer, you will not have to go up against the IRS or the Income Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice alone.

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 disclosurebefore 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 being 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.

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