Information is empowerment, and this article is about what the IRS has done to one non-filers, in the recent past.
Below is an example, word for word, from the IRS.gov web site, on Nonfiler Investigations:
“New Orleans Doctor Sentenced For Tax Evasion On September 29, 2009, in Texarkana, Texas, Malcolm David MacHauer was sentenced to 33 months imprisonment, to be followed by three years of supervised release, and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $222,782. MacHauer was found guilty by a jury on June 17, 2009, of three counts of attempting to evade and defeat paying federal income taxes. The judge also ordered MacHauer to pay restitution of $222,782 and additional costs of prosecution in the amount of $5,437. According to information presented in court, although MacHauer received income from Wadley Medical Center in Texarkana, Texas, for his services as a doctor, he failed to pay the appropriate federal income taxes. Instead, MacHauer placed his income into his corporation, transferring the money to the MacHauer Family Trust, and then withdrawing money from that Trust to pay his personal expenses without paying income tax.”
A good many of the nonfiler investigations, involved taxpayers, moving money around, in order to avoid paying taxes.
Taxpayers should always remember, “money is traceable.”
Oh, you took the money out of the country and placed in an offshore account?
Let’s see, were there any laws broken?
You must declare all cash over $10,000 when flying on an International Flight.
What’s that? Oh, you want to transfer the money out of your account and into an offshore account? Fact: Any, time there is a transaction, over $5000 the financial institution is required to report the transaction to the IRS! Mr. MacHauer, appears to have understood all of the above laws, and decided to move the money around, within, his own private circle. And, “forgot” to pay the taxes on the earned income! The IRS, did not find his transactions amusing, and put him in federal prison for 33 months. Even though you may be going through hard times, and your case is nothing like Mr./Dr. MacHauer, please take a moment to realize, that it is, “always” better, if you contact the IRS first, when you have unfiled taxes. Explain that you have been ill, or lost your job, had a death in the family, or just went through a recent divorce, and lost track of time, or, that the hurricane took the roof off the house. The IRS will respond with joy, that you called! And, they will tell you for which years you must file, and provide you with a due date to get the past due tax returns filed.