Plan to Avoid Taxes Fails in Court

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

A South Sioux City, Nebraska man was sentenced to pay more than a quarter million dollars in restitution after he failed to pay his taxes for several years. Patrick L. Bohall had joined a plan to learn how to not pay taxes.

Bohall, who is now 53 years old, advised his tax preparer in 2001 that he was paying too much in taxes and that he joined the plan. His tax preparer advised him that he had to pay taxes.

Bohall has an insurance agency, Legacy Financial Services, in South Sioux City.

The U.S. Attorney’s office says in 2003, Bohall’s return was prepared by a preparer in California. The return included false statements that erased his taxable income. He did not file any returns or report any income for the tax years 2004, 2005, and 2006.

The U.S. Attorney in Nebraska says by filing a false returning and failing to file subsequent returns, Bohall avoided a tax due and owed $287,546.

That is how much he was ordered to pay in restitution Monday.

Bohall is also liable for interest and penalties that may be assessed when the Internal Revenue Service takes him to civil court.

The case was investigated be the IRS. Tanya Brewer, Acting Special Agent in Charge of IRS Criminal Investigation, was quoted as saying, “The law is clear on the issue of taxable income and who is required to file and pay taxes. There is no gray area on the subject. We should not forget the ultimate victims in tax fraud cases are those honest taxpayers who diligently file tax returns each year.”

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