As dark and gloomy as the future might look right now to a former councilwoman, it could easily have been far worse. The resident of Jupiter, Florida, was recently sentenced to 8 months in prison, followed by supervision. She was also ordered to pay more than $900,000 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service for filing false tax returns.
Her tax law attorney has a less gloomy view of the sentence, noting that the judge could have hit the former councilwoman much harder but recognized that she is "really a good person . . . the vast amount of good charitable and civic work (she) has done far outweighed this offense."
The IRS website details the possible punishments people can face if they are convicted of various forms of tax fraud.
- Attempt to evade or defeat tax: up to 5 years in prison, as well as a fine of up to $250,000 for an individual
- Willful failure to collect or pay over tax: up to 5 years in prison, as well as a fine of up to $250,000 for an individual
- Willful failure to file return, supply information, or pay tax: up to a year in prison, as well as a fine of up to $100,000
- Fraud and false statements: up to 3 years in prison, as well as a fine of up to $250,000
For all of the above, the person can also be ordered to pay costs of prosecution.
If you have any concerns about criminal tax fraud, it is always best to get in touch with a criminal tax attorney. Contact Robert J. Fedor if you have any questions or concerns. With tax attorneys in Chicago and Cleveland, we can help you.