Michael Sorrentino, a reality star on MTV's hit show, Jersey Shore, has reported to a federal prison near his home to begin serving an eight-month sentence. He was convicted of federal tax evasion after pleading guilty to one count.
A businessman from a state on the other side of Lake Michigan from Chicago entered a plea of guilty to tax evasion in federal court. According to reports, the man faces up to 5 years in federal prison as well as a hefty fine, but it is not clear what, if any, deals he had made with the government in exchange for a guilty plea.
Most residents of the greater Chicago area probably recognize that owing back taxes to the Internal Revenue Service, or IRS, is a serious legal problem. The IRS has a number of powerful legal tools that it can use to collect tax revenues that are simply not available to other creditors.
There is something very alluring about offshore banking that makes it a common theme in movies and novels. Usually, the person engaging in the behavior is, at least implicitly, doing something illegal by using the offshore account or, at best, is trying to cover his tracks.
Because accusations of tax evasion can be serious, it is important to understand what tax evasion refers to. Because the tax code is complex, mistakes are understood, however, under-reporting income on purpose and claiming deductions the filer should not receive is considered tax evasion. Tax evasion is considered a serious offense.
Tax evasion accusations are serious and should not be taken lightly. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) performs criminal investigations and employs greater than 2,000 special agents to investigate complex tax crimes. When individuals intentionally refuse to file an income tax return, when one is required, or report incorrect information on a tax return, the behavior is considered fraudulent and may be considered a crime.
Tax evasion is a serious crime that can, if it results in conviction, lead an Illinois resident to spend many years in jail. It involves the willful avoidance of paying one's taxes through illegal means of concealment. However, every year many Americans make mistakes when they file the income tax returns and commit errors that may reduce their tax burdens. These errors must be corrected but generally do not constitute tax evasion. Tax avoidance is another type of issue all together that involves the proactive planning by an individual to legally lower their overall tax obligations.