Can You Go to Jail for Owing the IRS?

As it turns out, yes, you CAN go to jail for owing the IRS.

Two Guys’ Tax Trouble: The $18 Million Scheme

Meet Joseph Nubla and Henry Ku from Northern California. These pals are in hot water, looking at 3 and 2.5 years behind bars. Why? Well, they tried to pull off hiding a whopping $18 million from the IRS. Joseph was the president at a rock-crushing company called Brisbane Recycling, and Henry used to help him out.

Clever Money Tricks

Joseph wanted more cash for himself, so he played a slick game with taxes for a long time, from 2009 to 2015. He wrote big checks to Henry, over $18 million worth, and was less than truthful on the company’s tax papers, saying it was all business expenses. Then, he made Henry give the money back in ‘creative’ ways, like buying houses and using cashier’s checks. But here’s the kicker—Joseph didn’t report all the money he pocketed to the IRS. Just in one year, 2014, he forgot to mention he scored over $5.8 million!

Big Trouble and Cash Payback

Guess what? Their trickery got them busted, and now they’re in a legal jam. Joseph got a 3-year conviction, and Henry is looking at 2.5 years. On top of that, they need to pay fines for their felonious behavior. Joseph has to fork over $15,000, and Henry’s on the hook for $10,000. But that’s not all; they’ve got to cough up more than $9.3 million together. The Oakland police squad did some serious detective work to nab these guys and sort out all the money mess.

An experienced tax professional can navigate the IRS’s rules, statutes, and payment options to help you find the best way to eliminate your tax debt. Take the guesswork out of paying off your debt by speaking with a tax professional today.