Feds' Plea Leverage At Stake In High Court Tax Dodger Case

By Vidya Kauri (December 11, 2017, 9:25 PM EST) -- The federal government could lose a potentially important bargaining chip during plea negotiations if U.S. Supreme Court justices narrow the application of a statute criminalizing the obstruction of federal tax laws, as they recently indicated they might do during oral arguments in an appeal from a convicted tax dodger.

In the appeal from Carlo Marinello, who was convicted for failing to file personal and corporate tax returns on income from his Buffalo, New York, courier business, the high court appeared to take the position that the government's interpretation of the so-called omnibus clause in Section 7212(a) of the Internal Revenue Code...

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