Whether it is the state of the economy or just a lowering of standards, there seems to be more cases of people trying to defraud the government.
In one such case a couple was indicted in federal court for attempting to defraud the government. A Birmingham tax preparer and a Hoover man were indicted on tax fraud charges.
Jose Dilberto Gonzalez, 41, of Hoover, and his tax-preparer, Sally Elizabeth Wynn, 64, of Birmingham, tried to dupe the government through tax fraud. According to a statement from U.S. attorney Joyce White Vance and Internal Revenue Service Special Agent in Charge Rodney E. Clarke, the two were each indicted on three counts of tax fraud.
Filed in U.S. District Court in Birmingham, the indictment charges that Gonzalez filed false personal income tax returns for years 2005, 2006 and 2007. As his tax-preparer, Wynn aided Gonzalez in filing these false claims. Officials say that Gonzalez earned more than a million dollars during this time period, but he reported an income of only $180,000.
As working residents of the United States, we are legally responsible for filling out a tax return every year to determine the amount of tax we owe to the government. An individual commits tax fraud if he intentionally violates his legal duty to file income tax returns and/or falsifies the return to reduce the amount of taxes owed.
Some of the ways one can break the tax law and commit tax fraud include:
- Claiming false deductions
- Concealing or transferring assets or income
- Knowingly changing your name
- Over reporting the amount of deductions
- Possessing two sets of books
- Recording personal expenses as business expenses
- Using false amounts in the books and records
If you are being investigated or charged with tax fraud, it is important to seek legal protection. Tax fraud can result in prison time, massive fines, and years of scrutiny by the IRS.