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Art dealer pleads guilty in tax evasion case

When a person in Missouri completes his or her taxes -- either personal or for business -- he or she may not fully understand the implications of the information that he or she must provide. A simple mistake or accidental oversight may be easy to make. Unfortunately, despite the possibility of a mistake like this occurring with no bad intentions, federal officials may view it as deliberate tax evasion.

In fact, an art dealer in another state has recently pleaded guilty to such charges. Officials claim that the 66-year-old woman claimed that $1.6 million in personal expenses were actually business expenses that qualify for a tax deduction. She is accused of reporting that, in 2011, her business lost $53,000 when, in reality, it is believed that the business made $3.7 million.

Alleged tax evasion case results in criminal charges

When a person in Missouri and in other areas of the country experience professional success in their personal business, they likely feel a great deal of pride and fulfillment. However, during periods of success a business owner can also experience an extra workload in addition to additional cash flow. Unfortunately, this could potentially lead to oversights. While often unintentional, oversights on tax returns could ultimately result in accusations of tax evasion, among others.

In fact, a man who sold several nail salons and commercial leases in another state now faces criminal charges as a result of tax issues reportedly committed over a decade ago. Federal investigators claim that the man did not report his full income on his federal tax returns. The returns in question spanned from 2004 to 2007.

IRS wage garnishment can be painful

Overwhelming debt affects every aspect of your life. You may have trouble eating and sleeping, or you may deal with your worries by eating too much and sleeping all the time. Certainly, your relationships may suffer if you allow the stress of your debt to make you irritable or affect your mood. Falling behind on your bills may be such a distraction that you have difficulty focusing at work. However, did you know that debt can also affect your pay?

The law allows your creditors to garnish your wages for unpaid debt. Garnishment means the court will order your employer to pay a percentage of your wages directly to your creditor. If your creditor is the IRS, you may have a very serious situation to deal with.

Family avoids prison following federal tax evasion case

When people in Missouri are accused of crimes, they must make several decisions that will impact the rest of their lives. Upon examination of the evidence against them, defendants must choose whether to fight the charges against them or plead guilty. In some cases, people who are not guilty of the crimes of which they have been accused will take the latter action simply because they may accept that there may be sufficient evidence to convict them. In fact, a family in another state has recently opted to plead guilty to tax evasion allegations.

The case involved three family members, a mother, father and their son. The three people own a restaurant together, Giovanni's Roast Beef and Pizza. They recently pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy and aiding in the filing of false tax returns.

Can you get relief from the penalties the IRS assessed?

When you filed your income tax return, you may have not been able to pay the taxes the IRS says you owe. More than likely, you had your reasons, but that didn't matter to the IRS. In addition to assessing interest on the amount owed, you also discovered that the agency assessed penalties against you as well.

As you begin to deal with the balance that you owe, you may also be able to have the penalties abated. The IRS does account for the fact that life doesn't always go according to plan.

Business owner admits to tax evasion

Life for many families can be complicated. With all the responsibilities that fall on the shoulders of people in Missouri and across the country in their dual role of parents and business owners, the fact that something might fall through the cracks is not far-fetched. Unfortunately, if a person were to fail to submit an income tax filing, it is possible that federal prosecutors will view this oversight as deliberate tax evasion rather than a simple oversight regardless of the circumstances.

Unfortunately, a man in another state now faces criminal charges after federal officials claim that he failed to pay taxes. According to a release from the U.S. Attorney's Office, the man owned a company called Brendle Climbing Systems in addition to creating Fitwall exercise equipment. However, he reportedly sold the rights to the exercise machine he created.

Would fast track mediation be a good solution in your situation?

The Internal Revenue Service may have a significant amount of power when it comes to collecting taxes, but that does not mean it is always right. If you disagree with an assessment, you may be able to appeal the decision.

Perhaps more importantly, you may be able to resolve your dispute without ending up in a courtroom going through an expensive and time-consuming trial.

Man faces 45 years in prison over tax evasion allegations

There are some large companies in Missouri that employ an entire team of financial workers to help ensure that payments are properly documented, wages paid and earnings reported. However, there are other, smaller businesses that do not have the means to hire such financial professionals, leaving many of the the financial decisions to rest on the shoulders of owners. Though it may be easy to make a mistake or miscalculations, federal officials may view an innocent oversight as deliberate tax evasion.

Unfortunately, a man in another state faces such accusations. Officials indicate that the 41-year-old man owns a construction company. Federal officials say that he cashed commercial checks and paid his employees in cash. In doing so, they claim, he skipped making payments that are mandatory under FICA, the Federal Insurance Contributions Act.

Man pleads guilty to federal tax evasion accusations

Many business owners in Missouri and across the country are dedicated to paying their fair share of taxes. Despite this dedication, there may be oversights that may seem minor but could be perceived as an attempt of tax evasion. For example, a business owner may opt to deposit a check written out to him or her into a personal bank account rather than that of the business, with no thought that doing so could be perceived as suspicious to the IRS.

Unfortunately, a man in another state has been accused of evading taxes. He has recently pleaded guilty to charges related to the accusations. Officials claim that from 2009 to 2014 he underreported his roofing company's income by over $6 million. As part of a plea agreement, he has agreed to pay over $414,000 in restitution. He could also face an additional penalty and prison time.

Are you under IRS investigation for suspected criminal activity?

Most people find the IRS intimidating. No one wants to owe the agency and many people cringe at the word "audit." For many Missouri residents, getting a notice in the mail of an IRS audit would be the worst thing that could happen to them.

However, those people may not be under investigation by the IRS for criminal activity. It may have come as a surprise to you to find out that the IRS conducts this type of investigation. It conducts investigations into alleged violations of the Bank Secrecy Act, the Internal Revenue Code and statutes relating to money laundering.


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