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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Missouri

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Local Tax Preparer Pleads Guilty To Failure To File Tax Returns

St. Louis, MO – JAMES T. MAHONEY pled guilty to failing to file tax returns.

According to court documents, Mahoney was an accountant and had been preparing tax returns since 1987. He became self-employed in 1997 and originally ran his business from his residence in Kirkwood, Missouri. Mahoney provided professional tax preparation services and prepared tax returns for individual and business entities.

Mahoney earned a substantial income for the tax years of 2007, 2008 and 2009. As a result of that income he owed a total tax of more than $180,000.  Mahoney admitted with his plea that he purposely failed to file income tax returns for those tax years, and has not paid his taxes for those years.

"With the April 15 tax deadline looming, it is important for people to have confidence that when they pay their taxes, their neighbors and co-workers are doing the same," said Sybil Smith, IRS Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge of the St. Louis Field Office.

Mahoney, Kirkwood, MO, pled guilty to one count of failing to file tax returns before United States Magistrate Judge Terry I. Adelman.  Sentencing has been set for July 9, 2014.

He now faces a maximum penalty of one year in prison and/or fines up to $25,000.  In determining the actual sentences, a Judge is required to consider the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, which provide recommended sentencing ranges.

 This case was investigated by IRS Criminal Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Howard Marcus is handling the case for the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Updated March 19, 2015