SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A Nevada, Missouri business owner who failed to pay taxes on nearly $ 1.5 million in income pleaded guilty in federal court today to filing a bogus tax return.
“When businesses and individuals do not pay their fair share of taxes, they are breaking the law and deceiving their law-abiding neighbors,” said US lawyer Teresa Moore. “This business owner shirked his responsibilities as a citizen by deliberately failing to pay taxes on nearly $ 1.5 million in income.”
Kevin R. Morrow, 53, waived his right to a grand jury and pleaded guilty before United States Chief Justice David P. Rush to a federal report accusing him of filing a false statement of income.
“This time of year, hardworking Americans are getting ready to submit their federal income tax returns, and the majority of them will be fully and honestly reporting their income,” the IRS Special Agent said -CI, Tyler Hatcher, St. Louis Field Office. “In all fairness to them, the IRS-Criminal Investigation will aggressively prosecute those who attempt to avoid paying their fair share of taxes and hold them accountable.”
Pleading guilty today, Morrow admitted to omitting a total of $ 1,467,326 in income from the federal income tax returns it filed from 2014 to 2016. During that time, Morrow operated Morrow Show Steers, a business livestock sales, but did not declare any of that income and therefore paid no tax on that income. According to today’s plea agreement, Morrow’s false income tax returns resulted in federal tax due in the amount of $ 92,928. The total tax loss for the Missouri Department of Revenue is $ 11,910. Under its plea agreement, Morrow is required to pay a total of $ 104,838 in restitution to the federal government and the state of Missouri.
The specific charge Morrow pleaded guilty to today is the filing of a false income tax return on April 15, 2017. Morrow falsely claimed that he only received $ 13,617 in income in 2016 and did not voluntarily did not state that he received an additional income of $ 444,462 from his cattle sales business. .
Under federal law, Morrow can face a sentence of up to three years in federal prison without parole. The maximum legal sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for information, as the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the court based on the Sentencing Advisory Guidelines and other statutory factors. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of an investigation into the presentation by the United States Probation Office.
This case is being pursued by US Deputy Prosecutors Casey Clark and Shannon Kempf. He has been investigated by the IRS-Criminal Investigation and the Missouri Department of Revenue – Compliance and Investigation Bureau.