Prominent, New Orleans Criminal Defense Attorney Michael Thiel pleaded guilty on 12/7/16 to tax evasion for failing to pay almost $1m in federal taxes. Despite earning substantial income from his law practice, Thiel failed to pay $736,527 in federal income tax, penalties and interest and $261,725 in employment tax, penalties and interest for 2003 through 2013.
Thiel structured the 2007 purchase of his Baton Rouge home to conceal his ownership of the $435,000 property behind trusts that he owned, making it look like he was renting the home from trusts. Under the plea agreement, Thiel plead guilty to one count of tax evasion and faces up to 37 months in jail. Sentencing has been set for 3/22/17.
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Our author, Sanford I. Millar, is the founder of MillarLaw a Professional Corporation. He is a Certified Specialist in Taxation Law and is admitted to practice before all courts in the State of California.
Our author, Gary S. Wolfe, has more than 34 years of experience, specializing in IRS Tax Audits and International Tax Planning/Tax Compliance, and International Asset Protection.