A small business owner and poker player in Connecticut has pleaded guilty to one count of tax evasion. The man faces a maximum jail time of up to five years.
Guy Smith, age 62, of Shelton, Connecticut has waived his right to be indicted earlier this December. He pled guilty instead to tax evasion on his business income and winnings from poker. According to the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Connecticut, Smith owns Centerline Interiors LLC, a commercial interior construction business, but his main income came from playing in poker tournaments within the country.
Smith withdrew funds from his business and personal bank accounts to fund his poker bankroll, authorities said.
A release from the Department of Justice stated, "Even though the IRS notified Smith on multiple occasions that he was required to report all of his gambling income on his federal tax returns, Smith concealed his gambling income from his tax preparer and paid no income taxes on more than $1 million in gambling winnings."
Federal officials said Smith failed to declare and pay a combined total of $821,415 in federal income taxes for the tax years 2012 to 2016.
Smith has been released on a $50,000 bond pending sentencing which is scheduled on March 4, 2021. He faces up to five years in prison. He agreed to cooperate with the IRS and pay all outstanding taxes, plus interest and penalties.
Smith won 1st place in the $1,000+$100 NLHE Championship Summer Kickoff, outlasting 216 players. He took home $51,149. A month after that, he won his second-best cash, getting 5th place at the $1,100 NLHE Re-Entry at the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open in Hollywood Florida for $37,800.
Winnings from any gambling activity, poker included, are considered taxable income and should be reported, and the IRS said Smith failed to do so.
Personal finance outlet Kiplinger explained, "Whether it's $5 or $5,000, from an office pool or from a casino, all gambling winnings must be reported on your tax return as ‘other income' on Schedule 1 (Form 1040)."
He should be very well aware of his tax liabilities for his poker wins. Casinos give away IRS Form W-2G to poker players who win over $5,000 in a tournament. Gamblers receive the tax form either on the spot or via mail.
Tax professionals say there are certain red flags that make an individual's tax filing most likely to receive an audit than others.
Kiplinger says, "If you receive a W-2G form along with your gambling winnings, don't forget that the IRS is getting a copy of the form, too. So, the IRS is expecting you to claim those winnings on your tax return. If you don't, the tax man isn't going to be happy about it."
Kiplinger also says that certain gambling losses can be listed on Schedule A up to the amount of one's winnings, but if you claim more gambling losses than winnings, "It's a slam dunk for IRS auditors."
We can only wonder why people do ''crazy things'' when they know that they can be caught, but we should not be surprised. Donald Trump was a citizen who did not pay all taxes and this thing proves that tax evasion is very high in USA.
this is not some private poker tournament where only that people know for it,its something that you played in casino and ofcourse this people need to make report for every winning from it,especially when you have this kind of big winnings!so if they contact you several times and ask you to contact them,you can know that they will come for you soon or later! dingo you say that 5 years is too much,but they dont say that he will get 5 years,they say that you can get up to 5 years,so he get maybe 3 months,maybe 1 years,maybe nothing!
I recorded an error on the part of this player, he should have declared, I think sometimes we think that justice will not realize it, in the end everything is known, of course it is a lot of money to pay taxes when you delay, it accumulates and it is painful to pay, but that's the way they are the laws, and sometimes for making us crazy we end up paying dearly, even in jail.
So the casinos inform the IRS , the tax authorities for the winings when the player wins ,interesting . I always have this question , we live in times when everything can be watched by the Big Brother Government in every state, electronic ways and cards can be used to track every transactioons , paper money might seize to exist in the future . Anyway , governments are in position to know everything . yet every year they invite the citizens to complete the tax forms , to state truthfully their yearly incomes and their sources , if you hide sth , if they want they catch you , if they do not want they pretend they havent seen your wrong unlaw tax state year state, but when a economical crisis comes all of a sudden they discover in no time thousands of non right on purpose tax declarations , and then they impose very large fines , or even prison time and they seize property , ofcourse not if you are wealthy or if you have connections . The system works perfectly . Congratulations
Obviously there is the national gambling office in that country which has huge potential to catch tax evaders. You cannot fool the authorities if have been recorded in the history register with the games played. This man needed to know this thing but he ''forgot''...
in usa first thing is to pay tax and then its everything else and thats how this country work for decades!first thing that they ask you and care for is to pay tax for everything and then you will get your rights!thats why is strange that somebody who is old like this man,didnt want to answer to them,even they contacted him!
This is interesting news. The topic of taxing winnings in poker, lotteries or casinos is little discussed. For example, I do not know what is the percentage of tax on online winnings. Unfortunately, I do not have such problems because I will not win anything.
Taxes in the United States are mandatory, they must always pay, but sometimes we don't, and sooner or later the authorities will find out and you will pay with jail, sometimes it becomes more difficult for us when you do not declare several years, that It accumulates and in the end it is difficult to pay for it in one person, which serves as an example to avoid making mistakes.
It is not at all easy in USA to pay taxes, when you have a poorly paid job. Many people were left without their personal homes, when banks or state confiscated them. Others have money but are stingy to pay all taxes. The risk is on their skin.
That is why the United States has very high tax rates, because they exploit poor people, we must take that into account, because it is abusive, but what is going to be done, that is why it is a world power, many income, but if people know of those norms, because he gets to hide and not pay his taxes, jail is hard in addition to being fined, they should think a little more, the state is not going to be fooled, hopefully this problem will be solved.
Idiotic on behalf of him not to inform IRS for his poker winning and declare taxes on these winnings . If US IRS is so connected with everything and they are getting the info on the gambling winnings of US citizens , why try to hide it ?? You have nothing to win , only to lose , lose money on extra taxes and fines and interests , lose time with this case , gamble with the possibility to be convicted to jail time , even with suspension due to paying fines and taxes and cooperation with the authorities after being caught up etc etc . Also now he is on the black list , he will be checked every now and then for any inaccuracies in his tax reports , they will be waiting to impose him greates fines , and ofcourse the suspendes jailtime if he gets one indeed .
So why did he tried to hide the $1M ?? i mean , if he lived in a banania country like Greece ( ) , i would understand him completely , here they are ALL thieves , but in USA man ?? And he is not a wealthy man , a big fish , so he will be crucified as an example for the rest .
we all know that paying taxes and decision which court make,are two things that are 100 % sure in usa and that you know that they will get you!you need to pay tax and in example of phile ivey,when borgata wanted money from him,this was sure that he need to pay,but borgata let it down,because they knewt that they will not get this money from him! so this man should know how things work in america!
The only thing we need to know in the USA is that all persons must to pay taxes ( except for sovereigns, other privileged people such as reservation Indians or others ). We cannot be forgiven by the law if we are wrong. If we have Alzheimer or other illness it is possible of course but must pay these taxes without process.
That country like the United States pays too much taxes, that's why most people sometimes don't pay taxes because it is a lot in their opinion, but that's the way the law is, sometimes we try to hide that, but in the long run the state will always win for that We must not cheat because now are the consequences, become aware of that.
The taxes were too high in America, but i can't make a comparison between democrats and republicans, because i don't know that amounts stopped by tax authorities... with some or with others, when they were in charge. We see the war there and what it will be.
How big are taxes on poker winnings in USA? Don't know if i mised somethin but i cant find that in article. Anyway you must accept the consequences for what you do in past. It's probably not that he like didn't know that he must pay taxes, right? There are allot of better countries if you want to play poker profesionaly.
no matter how much you earn,you pay tax on everything!we all know how sports players pay arround 50 % or their salary on tax (depend of state),so when they say on tv that some basketball player will get 20 million dollars for one year,he will get 10 million,because nobody say that is with tax!so everything else as playing poker and other things are same,you will pay it on end!
In every year thousands of students around the world visit United States with Travel program or something like that. They hoping for experience with American way of life. Of course, if you work in America, you will also must to pay tax. People are robbed in many countries but ''this is it''...
its not strange that people pay big taxes on salaries or something that they win,get or on luxury!we have other countries like usa,for example denmark!in denmark you have taxes on your salary and I think its more then 50 % and nobody say anything wrong,because they still earn lot of money and they are happy! in usa normal worker maybe dont have so much money,so thats why he avoid to pay tax on any way!
America has always been a corrupt country. This is the truth since 1492 or more. Many crimes, robberies, rapes, protection fees, bribes, tax fraud or others ugly things. Illegalities are in every day here. We should not be surprised.
we talk about normal tax that every man pay in america,not aboout criminal and did somebody shot other person! when you start working,when you gamble or whatever you do,you know before how much tax go on something like this,so you cant be suprised after that!we dont have such a big taxes as they or we dont have at all,like in my country (on online gambling,poker,casino),so we have luck in that!
The point is, there have always been people who fooled the tax authorities in united states of america. This has been happening for centuries and people even resorted to murder to get rid of taxes. Few countries can boast decent fairness without great illegalities.
The state cannot be fooled, I think that their mistake is knowing that they will not realize it, well we know that sooner or later things will be known and even in a country like the United States, that everything is attentive to fraud, well I also know Know that the United States has the highest tax rate, that makes many do not want to give for the amount they mean, and this is worse when you have not paid your taxes for many years, that has become very large that it is difficult to pay.
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