U.S. House of Representatives employee Isaac Lanier Avant of Arlington, Virginia, was recently charged with five counts of willfully failing to file his tax returns.
A House employee since 2002, Avant was charged with failing to file tax returns for 2009 through 2013, inclusive, on wages of over $170,000.00 per year. Further, in May 2005, Avant filed a W-4 with his employer falsely claiming that he was exempt from federal income taxes.
As a result, Avant did not pay any federal withholding tax from his paycheck until the IRS forced his employer to begin withholding in January of 2013. If convicted, Avant faces a statutory minimum sentence of one year in prison for each count.
Intentionally failing to file a tax return is a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in prison. Filing a tax return that intentionally evades or defeats the tax due is a felony punishable by greater than one year in prison. If you have unfiled tax returns or unpaid liability due to the IRS, call us, we can help.