The government of our nation provides many services for its citizens, and these services, of course, are not free, and must be funded by an income. That’s where our tax dollars come into play. The federal government uses our tax dollars to pay for such goods and services as public schooling, job training, defense funding, Medicare and Medicaid, roads, police and fire protection, etc. It is the duty of every American to pay their taxes to make it possible for the federal government to keep providing these services and goods that we as citizens rely upon daily.
The majority of citizens do honestly pay taxes on the income they earn. However, there are those who attempt to cheat the government by tax evasion and tax fraud. One alleged cheater is a Texas woman, who was arrested for allegedly filing multiple fraudulent tax returns for herself and others and for evading taxes, as well.
United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced that Miranda Gore of Houston, Texas, was taken into custody by IRS agents on August 16, and charged with nine counts of willfully aiding and assisting in preparing and presenting false tax returns and two counts of willfully attempting to evade or to defeat her own income tax returns for two years. In the returns Gore prepared and presented to the IRS, according to the indictment, false business losses and false first time home buyer’s credits were claimed for tax year 2008. The IRS is also accusing Gore of tax evasion on both her 2008 and 2009 personal income tax returns by claiming first time home buyer credit and underreporting her income.
Should Gore be found guilty of these charges, she could face up to three years in federal prison for each count of preparing a false income tax return for others, as well as a maximum fine of $250,000. For the two charges of tax evasion, an additional five-year term of imprisonment and another $250,000 fine could be charged.