A man who is charged with 22 counts of tax evasion over a period of six years is the president and treasurer of a landscaping company in Amesbury, Massachusetts. He has held his position with the company since 1997. The state attorney general has accused the man of failing to pay over $445,000 in employer contributions that the business was legally bound to pay. This amount includes interest and amounts due to the unemployment trust fund.
The nonpayment of taxes allegedly occurred between October 2006 and January of this year. The workers were being paid, and the business was operating at the time, signifying the business owner’s legal responsibility to pay employer contributions to the government. Workers who were no longer employed by the company collected more than $595,000 in unemployment wages in spite of the company’s failure to pay in the required $445,000 in contributions.
People charged with tax evasion face very serious consequences, which may include significant time in prison. Additionally, they can face fines that exceed any amount that was “saved” by not paying in required taxes or employer contributions. Those people could lose business and the respect of friends, family or community.
Professional licenses may also be removed if there are charges that involve fraud. Due to the significant penalties that an individual can face with a charge of tax evasion, a prospective defendant may wish to discuss his or her case thoroughly with a skilled criminal defense attorney who specializes in tax crimes.
Source: The Eagle-Tribune, “Amesbury man facing $445,000 tax evasion charge,” Dave Rogers, Nov. 4, 2012