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.
According to reports, the man is accused of failing to pay around $260,000 in taxes during the time period. He was released after his arraignment on several charges, including 14 counts of structuring bank transactions to avoid currency reporting requirements and five counts of tax evasion. Each count carries a five year prison term in addition to a significant fine. He pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Unfortunately, the potential consequences of conviction of tax evasion and other related charges have serious consequences. Because the cases can be complicated — and may seem especially so for those who have little or no legal experience and training — many people facing such accusations in Missouri feel unprepared to adequately respond to them. Fortunately, there are experienced professionals who can help.