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If a person goes to jail for tax evasion, do they still have to pay their taxes?

If a man owes 100k in taxes, but doesn't pay, he'll go to jail, right? For how long? Longer than someone that owes only 10k? When he gets out, does he still have to pay the 100k? What's the deal?
Follow up question: If someone doesn't pay their taxes, then goes to jail for said crime, then gets out, and STILL doesn't pay their taxes, would they be thrown back in jail? Could they go to jail twice for the same taxes?

7 years ago - 4 answers

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Taxes have to be paid even if the person goes to jail. As far as how long, that could depend on a variety of things. And I would think that the person could be sent back to jail for continuous refusal to pay taxes.

7 years ago

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Yes, you still have to pay. It is not one or the other. The taxes themselves are a civil matter. Tax Evasion is a criminal matter.

I am not sure as to what the sentencing guidelines are.

by Wayne Z - 7 years ago

If a person goes to jail for tax evasion, do they still have to pay their taxes?

Yes

If a man owes 100k in taxes, but doesn't pay, he'll go to jail, right?

Not paying taxes results in seizure of assets, garnishment of wages, etc.

Cheating (false statements on a tax return, deducting something that one should not, understating income, etc.) results in incarceration. Not paying child support results in incarceration.

For how long?

Varies. Many owe millions and are not jailed.

Longer than someone that owes only 10k?

Sometimes, but not always. Many owe millions and are not jailed.

When he gets out, does he still have to pay the 100k?

Yes

What's the deal?

He continues to owe the money until the money is paid.

Follow up question: If someone doesn't pay their taxes, then goes to jail for said crime, then gets out, and STILL doesn't pay their taxes, would they be thrown back in jail?

If they are being jailed for violating a court order to pay and the judge says that they must spend (for example) 20 days per month in jail until the pay, sure. But if they are being jailed for filing a false return or something like that, and are no longer doing that thing, then not unless they do it again.

Could they go to jail twice for the same taxes?

If they are being jailed for violating a court order to pay and the judge says that they must spend (for example) 20 days per month in jail until the pay, sure. But if they are being jailed for filing a false return or something like that, and are no longer doing that thing, then not unless they do it again.

by StephenWeinstein - 7 years ago

The original crime you mention is evasion of assessment meaning that the taxpayer fraudulently undrereported the tax that was due. The criminal penalty can include a prison sentence of up to 10 years. Civilly, the tax can be assessed along with a fraud penalty of 75% of the amount of the tax. The person can then commit a new crime of evasion of payment by attempting to thwart collection attempts by hiding money, moving it out of the country, you name it. If the tax criminal is broke, failing to pay is not a crime.

by wartz - 7 years ago