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Criminal Tax Fraud Archives

Individuals may be wrongly accused of tax fraud

Filing taxes can often be a complicated and exasperating exercise, inspiring many Florida taxpayers to seek outside help. People often turn to a CPA or other certified professional to file their taxes for them. Yet, to the taxpayers' misfortune and surprise, this can sometimes lead to missing documents, falsely completed documents and other problematic issues.

What Florida residents should know about tax fraud

Each year, the IRS estimates that 17 percent of taxpayers do not comply with the tax code in some manner. However, only .0022 percent of taxpayers are convicted of fraud in a given year. This is because the IRS typically gives the benefit of the doubt to those who make mistakes on a tax return. What does the IRS consider fraud as opposed to a simple error on a tax return?

Florida man pleads guilty to charges related to tax fraud

As the result of a plea deal, a 34-year-old Jacksonville man pleaded guilty in early August to charges of stealing government property. The charges were related to refund checks issued by the IRS as the result of filing false and fraudulent income tax returns. According to reports, the U.S. Treasury checks were mailed to bogus addresses in New York in 2011 and 2012.

Defining tax fraud

The IRS reported that a small amount of tax offenses in Florida result in convictions every year. However, an estimated 17 percent of taxpayers do not follow tax laws, and about three-fourths of these are individuals who commit tax fraud. Even so, the IRS has strict definitions of tax fraud, defining the act as intentional and not just an oversight.

Man accused of personal and corporate tax fraud

A former Florida business owner was indicted for allegedly filing fraudulent individual and corporate tax returns in 2010 and 2011. The alleged tax fraud took place while he was a resident of Niceville and the owner of at least seven different businesses. The 62-year-old man is accused of underreporting both his corporate and personal income during those two years. He now lives in Laughlin, Nevada but will be required to return to Florida for the trial.

Florida women sentenced to 2 years in prison for tax fraud

A Florida woman who was found guilty of tax fraud was sentenced on July 18. According to the report, the 41-year-old Gibsonton woman pleaded guilty on April 25 to receiving more than $43,000 in income tax refunds by filing fraudulent tax returns using the names of other people in 2011.

Charges filed in Florida convenience store's tax refund scam

Federal prosecutors have charged several Florida residents in a fraudulent tax refund scheme that allegedly surrounded a Winter Garden convenience store. The couple that runs the store has been accused of knowingly buying and cashing fraudulent refund checks through the store's check-cashing service. The pair allegedly charged approximately half the checks' face value to cash them and ultimately cashed over $20 million, according to IRS agents.

Florida man sentenced in tax fraud case

A Polk County man was sentenced to serve seven years in federal prison after pleading guilty in a tax fraud case. The 50-year-old man entered a plea of guilty to one count of aggravated identity theft and one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud on March 7. He will also be required to forfeit the $325,886, which the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Florida identified as the proceeds of the fraud scheme, as well as the $14,952 seized from his home in 2012.

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