WEARE MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO TAX EVASION
CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE – Gretchen Leah Witt, Attorney for the United States, acting under the authority conferred by 28 U.S.C. § 515, announced today that Richard H. Taylor, of Weare, New Hampshire, pleaded guilty to attempting to evade payroll taxes in connection with the operation of a contracting business he owned.
Taylor owned and operated R.H. Taylor Drywall, LLC, a construction management company based in Goffstown, New Hampshire. From about April 1, 2004, through about July 31, 2004, under Taylor’s direction and supervision, the company paid many of its employees’ wages in cash, but did not withhold federal income taxes and Federal Insurance Contribution Act (FICA) taxes from the cash wages and did not report the payment of those wages to the IRS. Taylor’s conduct resulted in a tax loss to the United States of about $109,000.
Today, in United States District Court in Concord, New Hampshire, Taylor pleaded guilty to a charge of attempting to evade or defeat taxes. After accepting his guilty plea, the court ordered that Taylor be released under the supervision of the United States Probation Office pending his sentencing hearing, which was scheduled for June 28, 2010.
Taylor is facing a maximum possible sentence of five years in prison and a maximum possible fine of $250,000.
This case is being investigated by the Manchester, New Hampshire, Office of the IRS Criminal Investigation Division; The Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement; and the Inspector General’s Office for the United States Department of Labor. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Mark S. Zuckerman and Trial Attorney Thomas Voracek of the United States Department of Justice Tax Division.