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Sussex County, New Jersey, Tax Preparer Admits Failing to Pay Payroll Taxes and Make Personal Income Tax Returns

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Jersey

NEWARK, N.J. – A Lafayette, New Jersey, tax preparer today admitted he did not pay payroll taxes and failed to make a personal income tax return, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Thomas Kurczewski, 71, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Judge Esther Salas to an information charging him with one count of failing to pay payroll taxes and one count of failing to make personal income tax returns, resulting in a total loss of $338,204.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

Kurczewski was the sole owner and manager of a tax return preparation business that used the names “Tom K – The Tax Consultant” and “Tom K and Associates – The Tax Consultants.”  During the years 2011 through 2014, the tax return preparation business employed two individuals, but Kurczewski failed to pay payroll taxes for them. He also failed to file an individual tax return and pay federal income taxes for calendar years 2011 through 2015.

The failure to pay payroll taxes count carries a maximum potential penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The failure to file personal income tax returns count carries a maximum potential penalty of up to one year in prison and a $100,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 20, 2019.

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents of IRS-Criminal Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge John R. Tafur in Newark, with the investigation leading to today’s charges.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney J. Stephen Ferketic of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Newark.


Updated November 13, 2018

Press Release Number: 18-396