An Ohio woman who filed frivolous tax returns was charged with endeavoring to obstruct and impede the due administration of tax laws.
Terry E. Branco, 65, of Vermillion, Ohio, filed tax returns in which she stated her total adjusted gross income was zero. However, during the years Branco said she did not make money, she earned in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007, respectively, $109,403, $87,440, $93,277 and $113,845.
In 2008, following an IRS audit, Branco sent a purported “commercial affidavit” to the IRS claiming that the IRS was not an agency of the United States, was “perpetuating a fraud” and was “not licensed to do business.” She also allegedly stated that failure to rebut the affidavit would result in the “filing of a commercial lien, involuntary bankruptcy and/or tort claim.”
If convicted, she faces up to three years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
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