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Tax crimes do not pay

A woman in another state is going to prison after being found guilty of preparing and filing false tax returns. The moral of this story is simply this: tax crimes do not pay. Connecticut residents who find themselves facing or potentially facing criminal charges over tax filings could help themselves by seeking legal counsel as soon as possible. 

Tax crimes do not pay

A woman in another state recently pleaded guilty to a form of tax fraud. She has yet to be sentenced, but she may end up facing years behind bars and have to pay a significant fine. The lesson here -- whether one resides in Connecticut or elsewhere, and whether one does his or her own taxes or taxes for other individuals -- is that tax crimes do not pay. 

Connecticut tax crimes: Fraud or mistake

Income taxes -- no one really wants to deal with having to file and pay them every year. It is, however, a part of life that, until tax laws are changed, is not going away. So, Connecticut residents fill out their forms and get things submitted -- usually on time. The problem is, some commit tax crimes while in the process, with or without knowing it.

What is the difference between tax planning and tax evasion?

According to the IRS, a fine line may separate tax planning from tax evasion. To be fair, the type of planning we’re talking about isn’t just setting up a new filing system to document next year’s deductions. In the eyes of the IRS, tax planning might refer to tax avoidance schemes.

Defense tip: negotiate with the IRS before the indictment

A liquor store co-owner recently learned the harsh consequences for federal tax evasion the hard way. The 67-year-old man’s conviction for tax evasion and conspiring to defraud the United States has resulted in a 41-month prison sentence. His sentence also includes an order to pay restitution to the Internal Revenue Service.

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