A West Haven Utah couple was arrested for felony tax evasion after they failed to pay any state income tax since before 2013.
Failure to claim a six figure income
36 year old Daniel Chester Erickson and his wife of the same age Bobbi Jo Erickson were arrested for felony tax evasion after it was reported the couple had either not claimed income on their taxes or had failed to file their income taxes in four years. Investigators determined the couple had actually been bringing home six figures a year, one year closer to seven figures but had just failed or chosen not to report the income to the IRS. The husband and wife were said to owe the Utah State Tax Commission nearly $70 thousand dollars.
Felony tax evasion
According to Utah Code 59-10-541: “Any person who, with intent to evade any tax or any requirement of this chapter, or any lawful requirement of the commission, fails to pay the tax, or to make, render, sign, or verify any return, or to supply any information, within the time required by or under this chapter, or who, with like intent, makes, renders, signs, or verifies any false or fraudulent return or statement, or supplies any false or fraudulent information, is liable for a civil penalty . . . and is also guilty of a criminal violation “.
Section 59-1-401 warns “A person is guilty of a second degree felony if that person commits an act . . . with respect to . . . a return”. The couple faces four second degree felonies for tax evasion as well as additional felonies for pattern of unlawful activity as well as failing to render proper tax returns. If convicted the couple who are parents to four children could face decades behind bars.