According to a Department of Justice press release, a Wisconsin dentist was recently indicted on charges of tax evasion. This story illustrates the fact that you do not need to lie on your tax return to be charged and convicted of tax evasion. If you are behind on your tax payments and are unable to come up with a payment solution, it is in your best interest to seek the counsel of an experienced tax collections attorney.
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According to an indictment, Frederick G. Kriemelmeyer, 70, of La Crosse, Wisconsin, was indicted on charges relating to tax evasion. Federal prosecutors allege that the 70 year-old dentist owed a substantial amount of money to the IRS and took affirmative steps to avoid payment, even when the IRS instituted collection efforts.
The indictment indicates that Kriemelmeyer owed approximately $450,000 in unpaid federal income taxes by December 2012, but beginning a year earlier; he took various steps to evade the payment of any taxes. Kriemelmeyer allegedly asked his patients to pay for his services in cash or with checks with the payee line left blank. Additionally, Kriemelmeyer allegedly paid his personal and business expenses with cash and third party checks, obscuring the IRS’ ability to determine the true source and amount of his income. Finally, between 2013 and 2015, Kriemelmeyer failed to file tax returns altogether. If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison for each count of tax evasion.
The story of the Wisconsin dentist above illustrates how a taxpayer can get behind on their tax payments and fall into a trap that is very hard to get out of. This same story has played out with celebrities, professionals like dentists, lawyers, and accountants, as well as with blue-collar wage earners. Needless to say, the IRS and state tax authorities do not discriminate based on what you do for a living. If you owe taxes and are either ignoring the payment obligation or taking affirmative steps to thwart collection efforts, charges similar to those in this case could be in your future.
Although consulting with an experienced tax defense attorney cannot instantly alleviate your tax debt, it can put you at ease, knowing that you are addressing the situation with a professional that has a plethora of experience representing taxpayers in the very same situation. A tax defense lawyer who is also a CPA has the ability to put together a strategy based on technical tax rules, but also possesses extensive legal training in criminal procedure, criminal law, evidence, and constitutional law, to ensure that you are best positioned to resolve the matter without a criminal investigation or corresponding charges.
The tax and accounting professionals at the Tax Law Offices of David W. Klasing have extensive experience representing taxpayers from all walks of life. Whether you are a business owner facing a sales and use tax audit or you have received notice that your individual return is being examined, our team of zealous advocates are standing by to help you develop a sound legal strategy that will keep your personal and financial interests at the forefront of importance. Do not lose sleep over the possibility of tax evasion or other tax-related charges from the IRS or state taxing authorities. Contact the Tax Law Offices of David W. Klasing today for a reduced-rate consultation.
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