21 Jun Newsletter June 21, 2018
Inside this edition:
- Anesthetist Will Need a Sedative After IRS Indictment
- Escort Service Business Owner Tries to “Trick” the IRS
- A Bit of Humor
- Top Tax Crime Prison Sentences for 2017
- Your IRS questions answered here
- Question & Answer
- For the foodies …Bruschetta Salmon
Anesthetist Will Need a Sedative
After IRS Indictment
Anesthetist Will Need a Sedative After IRS Indictment
Nurse anesthetist, Loren Pulliam, from Pittsburgh, PA, was indicted by a federal grand jury on five counts of tax evasion and four counts of failure to file income tax returns and pay federal income tax.
It’s alleged that Pulliam, who earned over $500,000 in income between 2002 -2005 as well as over $1.2 million in additional income between 2008 and 2016, tried to evade income tax by establishing a nominee entity and directing her employers to pay her compensation to the entity. Pulliam opened an account in the nominee’s name and used the funds to pay personal expenses.
Also, Pulliam did not file or pay, any personal income tax returns for the years 2011 to 2014.
A conviction could result in a statutory maximum sentence of five years in prison for each count of tax evasion; one year of prison time for each count of failure to file, and a period of supervised release, restitution, and monetary penalties.
Escort Service Business Owner
Tries to “Trick” the IRS
Dennis Zarudny of Miami, FL pled guilty to filing a false tax return in court for the Southern District of Florida.
Zarundy, owner of Denzar, Inc, which operated under the business name of “Elite Escort Service,” advertised his business on the Internet as a “prestigious escort agency providing 24-hour outcall escort services & adult entertainment for upscale gentlemen and couples in South Florida.”
Zarudny filed false corporate and personal returns for the tax years 2011 through 2014. Customers of the escort service were allowed to pay by credit card, checks or cash. Zarudny reported all of the credit card transactions but did not report income received by cash or check.
Sentencing is scheduled for this month, where he faces a statutory maximum sentence of three years in prison, supervised release, monetary penalties, and restitution.
A Bit of Humor…
“The U.S. Senate is considering a bill that would tax Botox. When Botox users heard this, they were horrified. Well, I think they were horrified. It’s difficult to tell.”
– Craig Ferguson
Top Tax Crime Prison Sentences for 2017
Top Tax Crime Prison Sentences for 2017
- In July 2017, a Watertown, NY restaurateur was sentenced to 150 months in prison for tax evasion and investment fraud. He engaged in a scheme to evade more than $4 million in taxes and obstruct the IRS.
In October 2017, a Grand Junction, CO business owner was sentenced to 88 months in prison for tax evasion and failing to file corporate and individual tax returns. He had not filed a personal tax return since 1992 and had not paid individual income taxes since 1993.
- In July 2017, a Potomac, MD doctor and entrepreneur was sentenced to 119 months and 29 days in prison for defrauding his former company’s shareholders and for failing to pay more than $7.5 million in employment taxes.
- In October 2017, a Boynton Beach, FL resident was sentenced to 30 months in prison for obstructing the IRS. He filed fraudulent personal tax returns with the IRS that sought more than $5.6 million in fraudulent refunds, of which the IRS paid more than $485,000.
- In January 2017, a St. Louis, MO tax return preparation business owner was sentenced to 27 months in prison for tax evasion. He underreported his businesses’ gross receipts by over $1.5 million and evaded over $580,000 in tax.
- In July 2017, a Fort Meyers, FL businessman was sentenced to 57 months in prison for conspiring with investment advisors to hide money in offshore bank accounts. He used secret numbered bank accounts and foreign shell companies to hide millions of dollars to evade more than $728,000 in U.S. taxes.
- In July 2017, a Loveland, CO businessman and delicatessen owner was sentenced to 24 months in prison for conspiring to file fraudulent claims for tax refunds. He conspired with his return preparer to file three tax returns that claimed more than $1 million in bogus refunds, of which the IRS paid $350,765. He spent the funds on precious metals and coins, jewelry and luxury travel.
(Source: Dept. of Justice)
I’d like to hear from you…
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Q & A
Answer: For what it’s worth, take some comfort in knowing that you are not alone. There are millions of Americans in similar situations, dealing with debt hanging over their heads and concerned about how it will affect their future.
The good news: You have many options. To fully understand and take advantage of your options, we urge you to see a qualified tax resolution professional. He or she will take a close look at your previous returns, looking for mistakes that may have resulted in an inflated tax debt amount. This process alone can substantially lower your IRS debt.
Once you and your qualified tax professional have analyzed your previous returns, the next step is to negotiate a resolution with the IRS. You will most likely be looking at one of two options – the Offer in Compromise or the Installment Agreement.
The Offer in Compromise was created for people who owe a substantial amount to the IRS but who, for whatever reason, are unable to pay their tax debt off, even over time. The Offer in Compromise allows taxpayers to negotiate a settlement amount that will take care of the entire tax debt once and for all. This settlement agreement can lower the tax debt by a significant amount. If you do not qualify for the Offer in Compromise – and to do so you must be able to prove eligibility – then you may consider the Installment Agreement, which allows you to pay off your debt by making manageable monthly payments.
**If you have a general question that you would like answered in our next publication, email Jeffrey Schneider. Unfortunately we cannot provide answers to your specific problem.
For the foodies…
Ali loves salmon! Therefore, I love salmon.
If you are married you understand exactly where I am going with this.
I eat fish when I would prefer steak, but it can be tough getting her to eat anything but veggies and salad and salad and veggies, so I do my part and suffer through the meal.
Just kidding! Salmon is quite tasty, and this recipe pairs well with spiralized zucchini pasta tossed with a spicy garlic pesto. And a sweet white wine. I only drink sweet wines.
I hope you enjoy this recipe.
Find the recipe on the SFS Tax Problem Solution Pinterest page along with other pins and videos.