Businessman Doesn’t Comply with IRS Levy and Evades Taxes, Faces Up to Five Years in Prison

If an IRS levy is filed against your business, you’re facing serious tax trouble.  The IRS files a bank levy or wage levy against you or your business as a last attempt to collect taxes and is usually a result of poor or no communication between the taxpayer and the IRS.  If the IRS files a levy against you, there is no doubt that you will need professional tax help and this is where Tax Resolution Services can help you find tax relief.  We cannot help you, however, if you are like this business owner from Alaska – instead of complying with the IRS levy that was filed against his business, he thought he had the power to outwit the IRS.  Hope he doesn’t rely on that same confidence when he goes to prison!

An Alaska businessman was convicted of felony tax evasion following a five-day trial in Fairbanks.

Roger Lee Shoffstall, 59, is the president and owner of Summit Telephone and Telegraph Company of Alaska, which is a rural telecommunications utility that provides telephone service to several hundred customers in remote areas north of Fairbanks.

According to trial evidence, Shoffstall failed to pay income taxes for the years 1996 to 2003, and he had not filed federal individual income tax returns with the IRS for those years or any years thereafter. Instead, Shoffstall mailed simulated legal process and other documents to the IRS citing frivolous tax arguments.

Additional evidence presented at trial indicated that Shoffstall used his position as president of Summit to prevent the company from complying with an IRS levy and an IRS final demand for payment that would have resulted in Shoffstall’s wages being garnished.

In addition, trial evidence demonstrated Shoffstall requested the IRS halt collection efforts so that he could negotiate a settlement while at the same time he invested in the purchase of a $225,000 house and other items on installment payments, effectively removing these mortgaged assets from the reach of IRS collection procedures.

He faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

If you have an IRS levy filed against you or your business, seek professional tax help.  Tax attorneys and Certified Tax Resolution Specialists are on-hand at Tax Resolution Services to help you find tax relief, whether it is for an IRS tax levy or other tax relief services such as delinquent tax filing, setting up an IRS payment plan, or sorting through an IRS tax audit.  A free tax consultation helps you get started!  Call 1-866-IRS-PROBLEMS or fill out our online form today!

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