HARRISBURG – With the deadline for filing federal individual income tax returns having been extended to May 17th, 2021, and taxpayers now preparing to file their tax returns, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, and the Philadelphia Field Office, IRS Criminal Investigation Division, jointly announced a warning to those who are thinking about breaking the law by committing tax crimes. Willfully filing false tax returns or deliberately evading paying taxes are serious criminal offenses and can result in prison and substantial fines and penalties.

“Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes famously stated that taxes are what we pay for a civilized society and those words are even engraved on the exterior of the IRS building in Washington D.C.,” stated Acting U.S. Attorney Bruce D. Brandler. Those who fail to pay their fair share of taxes not only cheat the government out of much needed revenue that finances our…

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