While tax avoidance is defined as the legal practice of finding loopholes to lower a tax bill, tax evasion describes illegal methods of manipulating finances to lower a tax bill, notes Christopher Bergin for Forbes. Government bodies, such as the Internal Revenue Service, pursue and prosecute cases
The word "evasive" is an adjective that describes a person acting or speaking in a manner aimed at avoiding something, such as evading the truth or evading capture by the police. It may also describe avoidance tactics using objects, such as flying a warplane in an evasive manner.
Typical sentences for tax evaders are probation, imprisonment, fines and restitution, according to CriminalDefenseLawyer.com. Prison terms may be up to five years. Fines can be up to $250,000 for individuals and $500,000 for corporations. Courts may order individuals convicted of tax evasion to pay
In 1952, former IRS commissioner Joseph Nunan got in trouble for tax evasion. In an odd twist, his problems were not due to corruption or hypocrisy but a simple misunderstanding over $2,000. He won a bet on a presidential election and forgot to claim the winnings on his tax return.
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