Sergio Gardea an accountant and tax return preparer with offices in Akron and Canton, Ohio prevailed in his federal jury trial in dramatic fashion with an unanimous NOT GUILTY verdict on all counts. Mr. Gardea had been charged with 30 counts of willfully filing false tax returns for clients. During the trial 9 counts were dismissed by the government and the jury found Mr. Gardea NOT GUILTY on all 21 counts remaining.
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United States v. Sergio Gardea. Tax preparer found not guilty on all 30 counts of preparing false tax returns following a 2-weeks jury trial today. Mr. Gardea was represented by Miami criminal tax lawyer David M. Garvin.
The statute of limitations for crimes in violation of the income tax laws is generally six years. However, the taxpayer cannot rely upon the statute of limitations as a defense if the taxpayer's counsel is asserting the statute of limitations defense for the first time on appeal. The taxpayer must press the statute of limitations defense during the trial.
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Section 7212 of the Internal Revenue Code punishes intentional attempts to interfere with the IRS’s administration of the Internal Revenue laws.