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.
Federal investigators claimed that the man failed to appear before a collections officer when summoned. He is also accused of providing only minimal information and omitting records relating to assets once a court mandated that he appear. IRS officials believe that he hid assets by depositing his paychecks onto a reloadable debit card and by using business accounts to pay personal expenses. He was recently sentenced to one year and one day in prison, in addition to being fined $10,000 and having to pay over $290,000 in restitution.
When it comes to issues regarding taxes, having an experienced professional providing guidance can help prevent accusations of tax evasion and other crimes. Most people in Missouri who are the subject of such an investigation typically want an experienced professional providing guidance, even from the earliest stages. Such a professional can ensure that someone suspected of a crime fully understands the accusations against him or her.