TAX LAW FIRM LOCATED IN BELLEVILLE, ST. CLAIR COUNTY, ILLINOIS, WE REPRESENTED AN INSURANCE AGENT IN SOUTHERN ILLINOIS THAT WAS CHARGED WITH NOT FILING TAX RETURNS AND/OR FILING FALSE TAX RETURNS WITH THE STATE OF ILLINOIS. THE INSURANCE AGENT WAS A PERSON OF HIGH STANDING AND REPUTE IN HIS COMMUNITY. HE WAS A GOOD FAMILY MAN, ATTENDED CHURCH REGULARLY AND WAS ACTIVE CIVICALLY IN HIS TOWN. HOWEVER, WITHOUT ANY JUSTIFIABLE REASON, HE SIMPLY CHOSE TO STOP FILING TAX RETURNS. BY THE TIME HE WAS INVESTIGATED BY SPECIAL AGENTS WITH THE ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE, PSYCHOLOGICAL AND PSYCHIATRIC DEFENSES WERE CONSIDERED, SINCE THE CLIENT HAD NO PRIOR CRIMINAL RECORD AND WAS A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS PERSON OF CONSIDERABLE SUBSTANCE AND WEALTH. THE ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE TOOK THE POSITION THAT THE TAXPAYER HAD A FINANCIAL MOTIVE – HE SIMPLY WISHED TO KEEP THE MONEY INSTEAD OF PAYING TAXES, METRO EAST, BELLEVILLE, ST. CLAIR COUNTY, ILLINOIS TAX LAWYER AVAILABLE TO REPRESENT CLIENTS FROM JACKSONVILLE, MORGAN COUNTY, SPRINGFIELD, SANGAMON COUNTY, DECATUR, MACON COUNTY, ILLINOIS.
We represented the pastor of a religious organization in regard to not paying taxes on his salary earned serving his congregation. There was concern regarding how it may look to the parishioners if there pastor was having his salary levied by the Internal Revenue Service. We were able to work with the pastor, and the Internal Revenue Service, and avoid any criminal action, as well as avoid any negative publicity and the pastor was able to maintain his reputation with the congregation.