Written by attorney Ayuban Antonio Tomas

Florida Dentist Sentenced To Prison For Tax Evasion

A 57-year-old Florida dentist has been sentenced to four years in prison after being sentenced on charges of federal income-tax evasion, reports the Orlando Sentinel. Miami tax attorneys are seeing an increasing number of allegations of tax evasion as the government is cracking down on alleged evasion in an attempt to collect more revenue. it is important to contact an experienced lawyer if you find yourself in tax trouble or facing an audit. Individuals can face five years in prison for each count of tax evasion. Corporate fines can reach $500,000. An experienced tax attorney should be consulted as early as possible in such cases.

Federal reports show that the dentist was influence by the founder of Mount Dora-based American Rights Litigators and the Guiding Light of God Ministries. The founder insisted he could teach tax payers how to legally "un-tax" themselves, reports the Orlando Sentinel.

He has now been convicted of failure to file tax returns or pay income taxes as he received taxable income of roughly $900,000 from 2002 through 2005. The dentist also filed other documents with the clerk in which he declared he was not "by definition . . . a citizen of the U.S."

"In this way, income he received was not reported to the IRS in his name," said special agent Norm Meadows, spokesman for the Tampa field office of the Internal Revenue Service.

He has been sentenced to 42 months in a federal prison for income-tax evasion charges.

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