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NON-TAX FILERS FACE STIFF CONSEQUENCES

 NASHVILLE, Tenn., Feb. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Have you heard someone say that they do not pay federal income taxes and do not ever plan to do so?
 "Never paying taxes again might seem like a tempting idea, but certainly not a very smart one," said Glenn Cagle, district director of the Internal Revenue Service. "While working toward tax reform is not illegal, failure to file and pay federal income taxes is definitely against the law."
 Individuals who choose not to file and pay federal income taxes are sometimes quite vocal and public, in that they offer seminars and make speeches nationwide on the "how-to's" of income tax evasion.
 The individuals are not breaking the law if they are trying to change the tax laws by contacting Congress and encouraging them to consider tax reform, nor is it against the law to financially plan their tax matters which would allow them to pay less tax. However, schemes which result in either underpayment or nonpayment of taxes or the non-filing of required tax returns are illegal.
 "Illegal tax protesters encourage non-compliance of tax laws and often give the impression that there are no consequences," said Cagle. "They don't pay taxes, they claim, and haven't for years. They counsel taxpayers not to comply with federal tax return filing or payment requirements contending that wages are non taxable. They tell of millions' of others who do the same and maintain that the IRS cannot do a thing about it."
 Cagle said that this is very misleading information. Taxpayers who refuse to pay all or part of their tax, to supply required information, or to file a necessary tax return, can anticipate strict civil and criminal enforcement of the law. In addition, conviction for willful failure to file a tax return can result in fines of up to $25,000, a prison sentence of up to one year, or both, per count. Conviction for tax evasion can carry with it a fine of up to $250,000 and possible imprisonment of up to five years, or both, per count, and the taxpayer is still liable for the civil tax, plus penalties and interest for all years.
 "While illegal tax protesters continue to lecture against paying income taxes, they are not going unnoticed," said Cagle. "The IRS actively pursues individuals who do not file or pay taxes in the required manner. However, disclosure laws prohibit the IRS from discussing individual tax situations."
 The IRS said that the number of taxpayers who do comply with the law far exceeds the number of illegal tax protesters. Taxpayers are reminded by the IRS that April 15, 1993, is the deadline for timely filing their 1992 federal income tax return.
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