Always File Returns And Report Your Correct Income

On Sept. 12, 2012, a husband and wife were charged in separate tax fraud cases in Houston, Texas.

This was announced by U. S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson along with Lucy Cruz, special agent in charge of the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation division (IRS-CI).

James R. Dixon and Sharon C. Dixon, husband and wife, are both charged by criminal information.

James R. Dixon is charged with one count of tax evasion for allegedly filing a fraudulent joint 2006 U.S. Individual Income Tax Return.

He allegedly owes additional income taxes for 2006 of more than $59,000. Sharon C. Dixon is charged with two counts of willfully failing to file a U.S. Individual Income tax Return for not filing a 2007 or 2008 tax return.

If convicted of tax evasion, Mr. Dixon could be sentenced to up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The greatest penalty that Mrs. Dixon could receive on each count of failure to file a tax return is imprisonment of one year and a fine of $250,000.

I always counsel my clients to be very careful about filing returns. Some of my clients are afraid to file if they don't have the money to pay. In future years, since they didn't file once, they are afraid to file again. Needless to say, this is a mistake.

You should always file your tax returns. And obviously report all your income.

Among other reasons to file besides it's the law, if you don't file, the statute of limitations on collection does not begin to run. And your income taxes cannot be discharged in bankruptcy, unless you have filed your tax returns at least 2 years prior to filing bankruptcy.

A criminal information is simply a charge against a defendant and is not proof of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until convicted under due process of law.

J Thomas Black
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