Friday, September 4, 2020

IRS Makes Good on Its Promise to Criminally Prosecute Employers For Failure To Pay Withheld Employment Taxes

On October 29, 2019 we posted The IRS is Now Criminally Prosecuting Employers For Failure To Pay Withheld Payroll Taxes! where we discussed that the IRS is stepping up criminally prosecuting business owners for failing to turn over withheld payroll taxes.

Then on June 4, 2020  we posted Another Employer Gets Criminally Prosecuting For Failure To Pay Withheld Payroll Taxes! and on June 29, 2020 we posted More Employers Gets Criminally Prosecuting For Failure To Pay Withheld Payroll Taxes! and now according to DoJ, a Richmond, Virginia, businessman pleaded guilty on September 3, 2020 to failing to collect, truthfully account for, and pay over employment taxes. 

According to documents and information provided to the court, Rama Gogineni was president and director of Computech Services Inc., a technology consulting services firm in Richmond, Virginia. Gogineni was also responsible for collecting, truthfully accounting for, and paying over to the IRS Social Security, Medicare, and income taxes withheld from his employees’ wages. Beginning as early as 2007 and through 2015, Gogineni did not pay over more than $980,000 in employment taxes to the IRS. 

During This Time, Gogineni Entered Into Three Separate Installment Agreements With The IRS Committing To Make The Payments, But Defaulted Each Time.

U.S. District Judge David Novak scheduled the sentencing for Feb. 10, 2021. 

At sentencing, Gogineni faces a maximum sentence of five (5) years in prison, as well as a period of supervised release, restitution, and monetary penalties. 

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