From the Tax Law Offices of David W. Klasing - Texas Man Charged with Failing to Report Large Cryptocurrency Gains

30.05.24 12:37 Uhr

IRVINE, Calif., May 30, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- According to a Department of Justice press release, a Texas man was recently federally charged after prosecutors alleged that he failed to report a large cryptocurrency gain. This story should remind taxpayers that whether income results from wage income or selling assets (including cryptocurrency), it must be reported for state and federal tax purposes. If you have failed to file a tax return for one or more years or have failed to report the proper amount of income on a filed tax return, you should consult with an experienced tax defense attorney to determine how to get right with the government and come into tax compliance without facing criminal tax charges.

If you have failed to file a tax return for one or more years or have taken a position on a tax return that could not be supported upon an IRS or state tax authority audit, eggshell audit, reverse eggshell audit, or criminal tax investigation, it is in your best interest to contact an experienced tax defense attorney to determine your best route back into federal or state tax compliance without facing criminal prosecution.

Note:  As long as a taxpayer that has willfully committed tax crimes (potentially including multiple years of non-reported cryptocurrency income possibly coupled with affirmative evasion of U.S. income tax on offshore income) self-reports the tax fraud (including a pattern of non-filed returns) through a domestic or offshore voluntary disclosure before the IRS has started an audit or criminal tax investigation / prosecution, the taxpayer can ordinarily be successfully brought back into tax compliance and receive a nearly guaranteed pass on criminal tax prosecution and simultaneously often receive a break on the civil penalties that would otherwise apply. 

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Defendant Accused of Underreporting Large Crypto Gains

Court documents reveal that Frank Richard Ahlgren III, from Austin, Texas, was recently charged for allegedly filing false tax returns and for structuring cash deposits to circumvent currency transaction reporting requirements. This indictment was handed down by a federal grand jury, calling into question activities between 2017 and 2019 where Ahlgren underreported or failed to report the sale of bitcoin valued at $4 million, despite realizing substantial taxable capital gains from the transactions.

Tax regulations mandate the disclosure of all sales proceeds, including gains or losses, from cryptocurrency transactions on tax returns. In 2017, Ahlgren is accused of using proceeds from selling approximately $3.7 million in bitcoin to buy a home, yet filed a tax return for that year that falsely inflated the original purchase price of the bitcoin. This manipulation allegedly allowed him to underreport the capital gain realized from this sale. Furthermore, in the subsequent years of 2018 and 2019, Ahlgren allegedlysold over $650,000 worth of bitcoinwithout reporting these transactions on his tax returns.

Additionally, Ahlgren is charged with structuring a series of bank deposits in amounts under $10,000 after selling bitcoin for cash. This strategy was purportedly employed to evade the banking system's currency transaction reporting requirements, which kick in for deposits exceeding $10,000. Ahlgren could face up to five years in prison for each count of structuring and up to three years for each count of filing a false tax return.

Getting Right with the Government

This case is a significant reminder of the legal obligations to accurately report financial gains from cryptocurrencies and other transactions. If you have filed a tax return that you know to have been false, or have failed to file a tax return for one or more years, it is in your best interest to contact an experienced tax defense lawyer to determine the best way to bring you into tax compliance while keeping your physical and financial freedom top of mind.

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