A Las Vegas real estate broker was recently sentenced to 78 months in prison for tax evasion and willful failure to file tax returns.
He had been influenced by the teaching of several prominent tax defiers.
Evading Rather Than Paying Taxes
According to court records, William Waller Jr. sought to evade taxes by incorporating a shell entity, opening bank accounts in its name, and directing his income into those accounts rather than accounts in his own name. He also dealt extensively in cash and reduced his equity in his home.
Waller testified at trial that he believed that he was not required to file tax returns or pay taxes, but acknowledged that he was influenced by the teachings of several prominent tax defiers.
The Consequences for Not Paying Taxes
In addition to his prison sentence, Waller was ordered to pay $1.45 million in restitution.
“Paying your taxes is not a choice,” said Chief Don Fort of IRS Criminal Investigation.
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