FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 29, 2005
TDD (202) 514-1888
STATEMENT OF ASSISTANT ATTORNEY GENERAL EILEEN J. OCONNOR ON THE SIXTH CIRCUIT DECISION IN UNITED STATES v. DANIEL GLEASON:
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, in United States v. Gleason, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit affirmed the permanent injunction barring Daniel Gleason from promoting or selling his Tax Toolbox, a scheme he used to encourage and enable others to commit tax fraud. Gleason's scheme is one of many tax avoidance schemes that purports to convert non-deductible personal living expenses into tax deductible business expenses. The court concluded that Gleason induced customers to purchase the Tax Toolbox by fraudulently overstating the tax benefits of home-based businesses while failing to warn of the well-established limitations imposed by the Internal Revenue Code. Today's decision is an important step toward protecting the federal treasury and the public from such fraudulent tax schemes.