According to this Dakota County Criminal Complaint, a local construction company owner has been charged with tax evasion between 2003 and 2010 all because a tipster supposedly claimed he, “had been living the high life, driving expensive vehicles and going on nice vacations.”
From the complaint:
For the tax years of 2003 to 2007, tax assessment amounts were established for Langford by the Minnesota Department of Revenue after Langford failed to respond to MDOR requests that he file a delinquent return for those years. Total estimated delinquent taxes that Langford owes for tax years 2003 to 2007 equals approximately $91,217.00.
Audit staff obtained bank records for Langford, which showed considerable monetary deposits
for the tax years 2008, 2009 and 2010, and which equaled approximately $900,000.00 in unreported
Langford’s income tax for the years 2008-2010 were estimated as follows:
2008–$283,381.00 Gross Income – estimated tax due for this year, not including penalties and interest: $17,437.00
2009–$224,869.00 Gross Income – estimated tax due for this year, not including penalties and interest: $13,582.00
2010–$387,730.50 Gross Income – estimated tax due for this year, not including penalties and interest: $22,840.00
Now, tax evaders are lowdown and dirty people who deserve every fine and potential for jail time that’s coming to them. However, the entire reason this individual was supposedly under scrutiny was because some “tipster” was annoyed he owned nice cars and went on expensive trips. Neither of those things are illegal and neither should be cause for the Minnesota Department of Revenue to investigate anyone. However, even if he had been paying taxes, it’s very likely he would have been able to afford expensive cars and trips anyway being that he was pulling in an average of $300,000 in gross income a year between 2008 and 2010. Newsflash “tipster”, people making $300,000 are considered “rich” in our great nation, stop whining about it.
What is your cut off for “rich” people? If you saw a neighbor driving expensive cars and/or going on nice vacations would your first instinct be to contact the IRS or Minnesota Department of Revenue? Does this sound like a relationship gone bad to you and the need for revenge fulfilled by hanging him out to dry with the IRS and MNDOR? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.