Whether in Florida or elsewhere, failing to disclose pertinent information on tax forms may constitute a criminal offense. One man recently acknowledged to a federal court that he did not provide all information regarding monies in a bank account because he wanted to avoid being taxed further. He will now spend time in prison for tax evasion.
Apparently, the man had received a substantial inheritance and monies were kept in an offshore account. The 66-year-old man was also ordered to pay a fine, in addition to his jail sentence. The account in question was reportedly opened in another country in 2005.
The Swiss bank reportedly gave U.S. agents personal information regarding certain U.S. citizens who were being investigated for tax-related offenses. In 2011, the man was contacted by an agent from the Internal Revenue Service. Authorities say it was at that time that the man failed to disclose necessary information regarding the bank account.
When a Florida resident is accused of tax evasion, whether at the state or federal level, it does not necessarily mean that a conviction will result. Many times, a person may have a logical explanation for an alleged failure to disclose information on a tax return form. An experienced criminal defense attorney would be able to assess an individual situation and offer guidance as to what options may be available to present a strong defense against impending charges. A first logical step to take would be to request a meeting with an attorney to discuss the details of the situation in confidence.
Source: citizen-times.com, "For Hendersonville man, tax evasion nets prison time", Tonya Maxwell, Feb. 19, 2016