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Employment Tax Crimes Can Lead to Significant Prison Time

The Department of Justice recently reminded taxpayers that evading personal or business-related tax obligations can lead to "substantial fines and penalties, and even long prison sentences." Last month, the husband-and-wife owners of a Tennessee staffing company were sentenced to 75 months and one year, respectively, of prison time for failure to pay over $2.8 million in employment-related taxes and withholdings, and for filing false employment tax returns.

In 2017, a Las Vegas business owner received 24 months in prison for evading over $1.7 million in employment taxes, and a Maryland-based doctor was sentenced to 119 months and 29 days for failure to pay more than $7.5 million in employment taxes and defrauding shareholders.

"The Justice Department is committed to bringing tax evaders and those who falsely prepare tax returns to justice," said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department's Tax Division.

To read more about recent Department of Justice enforcement efforts related to tax crimes, click here.

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