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Minnesota Department of Revenue accuses man of tax evasion

Tax season has come to an end and most of us have either filed our tax returns or gotten an extension. But what happens if we do not file our income tax returns? A recent case involving a local Minnesota man provides an example.

Who must file income tax returns to the Minnesota Department of Revenue? In most cases, state law requires those who have an income over $10,400 to file returns with the Minnesota Department of Revenue. A failure to do so could lead to criminal charges of tax evasion.

What are the accusations? The agency has accused a local man of failing to file tax returns for the 2015, 2016 and 2017 tax years. He allegedly made approximately $300,000 during each year in question — an amount well above the $10,400 threshold that triggers the requirement to file income tax returns in Minnesota.

During the investigation, the prosecution states the man told investigators he was aware of the fact that he was supposed to file tax returns and chose not to do so. It is important to stress the prosecution’s contention the accused was aware of his criminal act. In many cases, the ability to establish willfulness in a tax crime leads to an increase in penalties.

What happens if the Minnesota Department of Revenue builds a successful case? If the agency can build a successful case, the accused could face up to five years imprisonment and a $10,000 fine for each charge. He currently faces three charges, which would translate to a potential sentence of 15 years imprisonment and a $30,000 fine.

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