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Could you be the victim of tax-related identity theft?

Why would anyone want to file an income tax return? The rules are complex; it takes some knowledge to make sure you get all of the deductions and credits possible, and you could end up paying. What if you could guarantee you would receive a refund? Would you want to file your taxes then?

Obtaining a refund check is why someone else may want to file your taxes. With a Social Security number and some other personal information, an identity thief could do just that. The problem is that you may not know about it until after the damage.

Business executive pleads guilty to tax evasion

There are many people in Missouri and across the country who find themselves in a difficult financial situation. This is even the case for those who may not seem to be struggling. Unfortunately, these struggles can lead to actions that may be otherwise out-of-character. In fact, a man in another state recently pleaded guilty to tax evasion charges.

The charges against the man stemmed from an alleged failure to pay taxes from 2012 to 2015. As a result, the man faces four counts of tax evasion. As part of a plea deal related to these charges, he was sentenced to one year in prison. Additionally, he must pay over $92,000 in taxes that were unpaid from 2011, even though the statute of limitations has expired.

Missouri legal assistance during an IRS investigation

Many people in Missouri and across the country find the tax code of the United States to be overwhelmingly difficult to fully understand. As a result, it is understandable how some could overlook something or make a mistake. Unfortunately, some people could find themselves the subject of an IRS investigation as a result.

Some people come to suspect that they may be under investigation by the IRS for tax evasion, fraud or other crimes. Even if they have yet to receive notice of an audit or have had criminal charges filed, The Law Office of Lance R. Drury can help. We can help take actions that help with these potential threats, even during the earliest stages of an investigation. 

Is there any basis to anti-tax arguments?

If you are like most people here in Missouri and elsewhere across the country, paying taxes may be one of your least favorite things to do. So, when you heard a rumor that the IRS does not have the legal or constitutional authority to require the payment of taxes, you may have gotten even the slightest bit excited that you could avoid doing so.

Even though many of the anti-tax theories may appear to have merit, the country's courts have rejected their arguments. In order to keep from inadvertently getting in trouble with the IRS, you may want to know what some of these arguments are so that you can avoid them. Otherwise, you could end up paying penalties and interests, and may even end up facing criminal charges for tax evasion.

Can you get a refund if you overpaid your taxes?

Ordinarily, any communication with the IRS involves money owed to the U.S. Department of Treasury, not money owed to the taxpayer. Most Missouri residents who pay taxes would more than likely agree that the agency is quick to point out when you fail to make a tax payment but either slow or unaware when the taxpayer is the one owed the money.

Unless the IRS contacts you regarding an overpayment, you will need to determine whether one occurred. You can pay too much in taxes for a variety of reasons, and you may not even realize it until you file a tax return.

Business owner accused of tax evasion

Most people in Missouri and across the country recognize the role that taxes play in the United States. Unfortunately, a person who is suspected of failing to pay taxes can face serious accusations from law enforcement officials at both the local and federal levels. In fact, a man in another state now faces multiple charges, including tax evasion, after federal investigators claim that he failed to pay taxes. 

The 51-year-old man reportedly owns an excavating company. Federal prosecutors claim that his business earned approximately $2.8 million from 2012 to 2017. However, they have accused the man of failing to file tax returns with the IRS. They additionally claim that although he earned profits in the range of hundreds of thousands of dollars, he failed to pay income taxes. 

The right to finality when dealing with the IRS

You may have few positive images in your mind when you hear the words Internal Revenue Service. You may think of the long, grueling hours you spend gathering documentation and completing your tax returns. You certainly recall the shocking total you may have owed on your income tax last year. You may dread the idea that the IRS may one day audit your personal or business accounts.

While it is easy to think of the IRS as an all-knowing, all-powerful government entity, the truth is that you have some basic rights when it comes to dealing with the agency entrusted with enforcing the nation's tax laws. In fact, the IRS makes great effort to educate the public about the fundamental rights that apply to every interaction with the government agency. One important right is the right to finality.

Self-employed contractor faces allegations of tax evasion

When it comes to running a business, owners in Missouri and across the country likely have a great deal of responsibilities to ensure its overall success. Unfortunately, issues such as paying taxes may take a back burner in comparison to responding to the requests of clients. Failing to pay taxes, however, could come with serious legal consequences, such as accusations of tax evasion and other claims by the IRS.

In fact, a man in another state has recently pleaded guilty after federal prosecutors claimed he failed to pay taxes from 2007 to 2010. According to reports, the 48-year-old worked as a self-employed contractor who provided remodeling and construction services. However, he is accused of not filing or paying income taxes during the time frame in question.

Tax scams have become cheaper thanks to the dark web

Like most Missouri residents, you diligently file and pay your taxes every year. Even when you can't pay an amount you owe, you enter into some form of agreement with the IRS in order to satisfy the amount.

The IRS often warns taxpayers of scams that could affect them and their status with the agency. A recently published report indicates that the instances of tax fraud coming from the dark web are on the rise, and you could become a victim.

Doctor cites bad advice in tax evasion case

There is no doubt that filing taxes can be a complicated process. As such, many people in Missouri and across the country often seek advice on certain tax-related issues. Unfortunately, incorrect information could potentially result in serious criminal charges, such as tax evasion.

In fact, a man in another state was recently sentenced to prison after he pleaded guilty to a felony charge of attempt to evade or defeat tax. He claims that after he paid $15,000 to tax agencies that were "legitimate," he turned to tax help groups. He further states that it was advice from these groups that led to his legal troubles.


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