Like living in the US? Pay your taxes. (with kudos to Double-Taxation).

Double Taxation: A Take On All Things Taxes

In a case decided earlier today, the Supreme Court held that a husband and wife who were Japanese citizens but lawful residents of the U.S. could be deported after pleading guilty to filing a false tax return.

Mr. and Mrs. Kawashima, seeking refuge from the repeated Godzilla attacks that plague their homeland, fled Japan and became legal permanent residents of the U.S. in 1984. Ten years later, Mr. Kawashima completed the process of assimilating into our society and becoming a “true” American by egregiously cheating on his taxes. He pled guilty to filing a false return under I.R.C. § 7206(1), while his wife pled guilty to aiding and assisting in the filing of a false return under I.R.C. § 7206(2).

I.R.C. §§ 7206  provides that willfully filing a false tax return is a felony. The issue at hand for the Supreme Court, however, was whether a conviction under…

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About Mark P. Holtzman

Chair of Accounting Department at Seton Hall University. PhD from The University of Texas at Austin. Worked at Deloitte's New York Office. BSBA from Hofstra University.

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