For years 2014-2018 the Union, NJ man had a gross income over $1.6 million from his work as a port-operating company mechanic and from other work. In 2014, he submitted an “Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate” (W-4) to his employer in which he falsely claimed to be completely exempt from federal income tax withholding.
Because his gross income threshold required him to file individual tax return, the IRS instructed the port-operating company to withhold income taxes from his pay. However, the man claimed that his false W-4 was correct.
The man has been charged with one count of tax evasion and five counts of failing to file tax returns. If convicted of all charges he could face up to 10 years in prison.