Tax Professionals preparing 2009 New York State corporate, income, employment and sales tax returns should be alert to statutory changes which create new tax offenses and which impose stricter criminal penalties for existing offenses. In some cases, tax professionals may be prosecuted under an accomplice theory for aiding or abetting dishonest taxpayers. This Memorandum summarizes the new tax legislation, whose objective is to improve tax compliance and prevent tax evasion by drastically increasing penalties for serious acts of tax evasion and tax fraud. This Memorandum discusses the new statute.
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