A federal grand jury in Pennsylvania has returned an indictment yesterday against a nurse anesthetist for 5 counts of tax evasion and 4 counts of failure to file a federal tax return.
In this case, the accused, set up a nominee business structure to receive payments, purportedly over $500,000 for 2002 – 2005 and over $1,200,000 for 2008 – 2016. The business then paid all for her personal expenses. Additionally, she did not file tax returns for 2011-2014.
If she is convicted, she will face a statutory maximum penalty of five years EACH for the 5 counts of tax evasion (25 years) and 1 year EACH for each failure to file (4 years). All in all, she could be looking at a maximum sentence of 29 years. Plus, of course, tax, penalties and interest.
The IRS and courts are getting serious about failure to file and obvious attempts to evade the tax system.