On December 18, 2009, in Seattle, Wash., Michelle L. Bielaski, of Bellevue, Washington, was sentenced to 15 months in prison, two years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $2,478,002 in restitution. Bielaski pleaded guilty in June 2009, admitting that as secretary and treasurer of Falcon Construction, Inc., she failed to send to the Internal Revenue Service taxes that the company withheld from employee paychecks.
On October 2, 2009, in Baltimore, Md., Gino Jones was sentenced to 15 months in prison and one year of supervised release for failing to file tax returns for 2001 and 2002. According to court documents, Jones operated a used car business under different names. He purchased cars at auctions, refurbished and then resold them on eBay.
Thankfully, the IRS has a solution for this scenario. It's called the "Innocent Spouse Doctrine". The IRS website states that: "By requesting innocent spouse relief, you can be relieved of responsibility for paying tax, interest, and penalties if your spouse (or former spouse) improperly reported items or omitted items on your tax return. Generally, the tax, interest, and penalties that qualify for relief can only be collected from your spouse (or former spouse). You must meet all of the following conditions to qualify for innocent spouse relief:
Have you ever heard that paying taxes in the United States is considered "voluntary" by the IRS? That's what a number of tax protesters in this country might lead you to believe. They might also lead you to believe that filing tax returns is voluntary, too. Ever since Congress passed into law the 16th Amendment to the constitution in 1913, tax protestors have brought up frivolous arguments against the existence of the IRS.