Court Cases on Tax Evasion

Taxes are an obligation. Not paying taxes on time may get you in trouble. | Image source: Forbes

Taxes are an obligation. Not paying taxes on time may get you in trouble. | Image source: Forbes

Taxation is a crucial aspect of our society. Without taxes, the public sector would not be able to build roads and infrastructure. This is why the government is so keen on dealing with the issue of tax evasion. We all know how important taxes are, so it’s good that we take our obligations into account.

The court will decide on the sentence and what to do with tax evaders, so it’s best that you pay attention to taxation laws and your rights as a taxpayer. Additionally, you should also know the difference between tax evasion and tax avoidance, because they aren’t the same thing.

The court cases below are examples of what will happen to those who don’t pay taxes diligently.

1995’s Webster Hubbell Case

Twenty years ago, Associate Attorney General Webster Hubbell pleaded guilty to counts of tax evasion and mail fraud. As a result, he was sentenced to 21 months in prison.

2005’s Duke Cunningham Scandal

United States Navy veteran Duke Cunningham pleaded guilty to charges of bribery, tax evasion, and mail fraud. This case was known as the Cunningham Scandal and made waves in the Supreme Court back then. Cunningham was sentenced to eight years in the penitentiary.

2006’s Jack Abramoff Conspiracy

Lobbyist Jack Abramoff was found guilty of conspiracy, tax evasion, and corruption. He was sentenced to 70 months in prison with a fine of $27 million.

2008’s Ted Stevens Issue

Senator Ted Stevens was deemed guilty of seven counts of bribery and tax evasion. This issue arose before the elections. Prior to his indictment, he vacated his position when the court found him guilty of misconduct.

Have you been paying your taxes well? If so, how often? Always remember that you should always stay out of trouble when it comes to taxation—especially when the IRS is on your trail.

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