The IRS often conducts investigations into individuals it believes have been less than honest with the agency. When taxpayers fail to file tax returns for a number of years, it tends to draw attention. This may be the primary reason why a Missouri man now faces charges, including obstructing the administration of tax laws and tax evasion.
According to the IRS, the man failed to file tax returns from 1996 to 2010. The charges focus more on tax years 2005 through 2010, however. The 57-year-old man also allegedly failed to make any tax payments during those years either. The amount he owes for the years included in the indictment is said to be approximately $639,333.
The government says that the IRS attempted to collect payments from the Missouri man, but he claimed not to have any bank accounts — business or personal. He also filed bankruptcy several times, and the agency claims he timed those filings to thwart their efforts and protect his property from seizures and levies. The man is also accused of providing false or incomplete information to a tax preparer for the years in question. The agency also accuses him of transferring properties to hide them.
Like anyone else accused of tax evasion and other crimes alleged by the IRS, this man is innocent until proved guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. When it comes to facing charges connected to tax matters, it may not be enough to work with a criminal defense attorney. It may also be wise to consult with a tax attorney with experience in these matters in order to increase the odds of achieving the best possible outcome to the charges.