A Cincinnati man has proven there is more than one way to cheat on your taxes. And now, in addition to his huge tax debt, he has criminal charges levied against him.
Yesterday John Humphrey, III, 46, was sentenced to 12 months of home confinement and ordered to pay more than $65,000 in restitution to the IRS. Humphrey, a tax preparer by trade, pleaded guilty to filing false tax returns for both himself and his clients.
His own returns appear to be a mixed bag of illegal tax tricks:
- 2004 – failed to report wage income
- 2005 and 2006 – claimed niece as a dependent to claim a false exemption deduction
- 2007 – omitted more than $100,000 in gross receipts from his business, The Tax Place
- 2008 – claimed a false “Contract Labor” business expense
Besides the 12 months of home confinement, Mr. Humphrey will also have 3 years of probation and will likely have to find a new profession. His sentencing included a prohibition from preparing his own tax return and from working at a tax preparation firm.