Following a four day trial, an Oregon tax protestor was found guilty of three counts of income tax evasion, three counts of willful failure to file tax returns and one count of witness tampering.
According to court records, Randall Blair Johnson, 53, of Sisters, Ore., was a real estate agent and half-owner of TR Hunter Real Estate, a company in Florence, Ore. Johnson’s primary sources of income were from real estate sales, commissions and the sale of TR Hunter Real Estate. Johnson did not file tax returns for the years 2002 to 2005.
In 2002, after he stopped filing returns, Johnson started sending frivolous tax protestor materials to the IRS and Oregon Department of Revenue.
Johnson’s income more than quadrupled from 2002 to 2005 but he paid no income tax, claiming to revenue officials that the tax laws did not apply to him. An IRS revenue agent testified that Johnson owes more than $238,000 in taxes. Despite not filing his own income tax returns, Johnson paid property taxes, filed corporate tax returns for TR Hunter Real Estate, and had delinquent income tax returns prepared for his wife.
Johnson faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each of the three tax evasion counts and up to one year in prison.
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