SAN ANTONIO — A San Antonio man was sentenced today to 51 months in prison and ordered to pay $345,136.68 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for tax evasion.
On September 14, 2018, 68-year-old Robert Steven Powell was convicted of three counts of tax evasion. According to trial testimony, Powell was a member of a tax regime organization that encouraged tax evasion. Although Powell earned salaries as high as $236,098 a year, he did not pay income taxes from 2000 to 2013. Powell evaded paying his federal taxes by submitting false W-4 forms to his employer and claiming that he was exempt from federal income tax withholding. Powell also placed a house and a recreational vehicle under other names and attempted to conceal his physical address from the IRS by obtaining identification documents from several states using false personal residence addresses.
“Millions of Americans faithfully pay their income taxes every year,” said U.S. attorney Ashley C. Hoff. “Those who avoid paying taxes disproportionately burden their fellow citizens and will suffer the consequences.”
“Tax evasion is not a victimless crime,” said IRS Criminal Investigations Special Agent Donald “Trey” Eakins of the Charlotte Field Office. “Persons who corruptly break the law to advance their business interests and intentionally avoid paying their fair share of taxes undermine public confidence in our tax system. »
The IRS investigated the matter.
Assistant U.S. Attorney William R. Harris prosecuted the case.