On October 29, 2019 we ORIGINALLY 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.
- on October 12, 2020 we posted The IRS Criminally Prosecutes Yet Another Employer For Failure To Pay Withheld Payroll Taxes!,
- on June 4, 2020 we posted Another Employer Gets Criminally Prosecuting For Failure To Pay Withheld Payroll Taxes!,
- on June 29, 2020 we posted More Employers Gets Criminally Prosecuting For Failure To Pay Withheld Payroll Taxes!,
- on October 28, 2020 we posted IRS CONTINUES to Criminally Prosecutes Employers For Failure To Pay Withheld Payroll Taxes - As Promised!,
- on December 7, 2020 we posted Toms River NJ Law Partner Sentenced to 1 Year & 1 Day in Prison for Failing to Pay Over Payroll Taxes
- on May 11, 2021 we posted GA Businessman Charged with Failure to Pay Employment Taxes and Attempt to Obstruct the IRS
- on June 7, 2021 we posted Montana Construction Company Owner & New York Plumbing Contractor Sentenced to15 Months & 20 Months in Prison for Employment Tax Fraud!
- on July 12, 2021 we posted Plumber Pleads Guilty to Leaking Funds From Employment Tax Withholdings
and now according to DoJ, a business owner in the construction industry was sentenced to one (1) year and one (1) day in prison on August 31, 2021 for employment tax fraud.
According to court documents and statements made in court, Edward Hansen owned and operated a steel erection businesses in Suffolk County.
From 2008 to 2011, the IRS assessed more than $480,000 in penalties against Hansen for his failure to pay over employment taxes on behalf of several of these businesses.
In the spring of 2011, after receiving another notification from IRS that he was liable for payroll taxes, Hansen closed County Steel Inc. and proceeded to operate the same steel erection business under the name BR-Teck. Hansen made another individual the nominal “President” of BR-Teck. Hansen, however, continued to operate the business and continued to not pay over employment taxes.
From January 2012 through June 2017, Hansen did not pay the IRS more than $950,000 in payroll taxes withheld from the wages of BR-Teck’s employees.
In addition to the one (1) year and one (1) day in prison, U.S. District Judge Denis R. Hurley ordered Hansen to serve two years of supervised release and to pay a $5,000 fine.