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Irmo man convicted of tax evasion

Documents show false W-4s submitted over five years evaded over $274K in taxes

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The US Department of Justice US Attorney's Office in the District of South Carolina announced a Richland County man has been convicted following a jury trial in federal court for five counts of tax evasion.

According to Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation, documents presented in court show Richard Boggs, of Irmo, evaded $274,461 in personal income taxes from 2015 through 2019 by submitting IRS Forms W-4 that falsely stated he was exempt from federal income-tax withholding. Boggs then did not file income tax returns for those years, even though he was legally required to do so based on the amount of income he earned.

“The law is clear on the issue of who is required to file and pay taxes: there is no gray area on the subject,” said Donald “Trey” Eakins, IRS-Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge, Charlotte Field Office. “We should not forget that the ultimate victims in tax fraud cases are the people of the United States – those honest taxpayers who diligently file tax returns each year. This conviction sends a message that the IRS is working to make sure that all taxpayers file and pay their fair share of taxes.”

Boggs faces a maximum penalty of 25 years in federal prison and a period of supervised release, restitution and monetary penalties. He is scheduled to be sentenced on January 18, 2023, after receiving and reviewing pre-sentence reports prepared by the United States Probation Office.

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