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Taxes promote creativity (otherwise known as “cheating”)

William Meyers, 66, of Cottage Grove, Oregon, took the time to file more than 70 fake excise tax returns. He’ll now have 366 days in prison (and three years of supervised release, and 100 hours of community service) to mull over the consequences.

Meyers was sentenced in U.S. District Court, and ordered to pay more than $873,000 in restitution, for filing the false returns.

Oh, he was also operating an illegal still. Busy guy. You can find the whole story here, compliments of The Oregonian.

Lying lawyer’s tax lament: “The Internet made me do it!”

Attorney Micaela Dutson and her husband hid more than $1 million of income. They didn’t file tax returns. They helped clients avoid paying almost $7 million in taxes. They told others that as “sovereign citizens” they didn’t have to pay income taxes.

And this week — you knew this was coming — the Oregon-based Dutsons were sentenced to 10 years in prison for their highly unlawyerly activities.

In a last-ditch bid for leniency at sentencing, Micaela Dutson tried to blame…the Internet! Yes!! In her own words, as reported by Helen Jung of The Oregonian:

“I have learned one thing for sure,” she said. “No matter what kind of information I hear or see on the Internet, I’m not going to act on it. That’s for sure, because I don’t ever want to be here again because this is the worst thing ever.”

Maybe the Internet also inspired them to file a $1 trillion lien (that is NOT a typo) against IRS employees, as law professor Paul L. Caron noted previously at his excellent TaxProf Blog.

That’s the thing about the Internet: you start out maybe inhaling a little free-verse poetry off the laptop in your parents’ basement, and the next thing you know you’re conspiring to defraud the IRS. Well, don’t say we didn’t warn you.

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