Lebanese tax lawyer pleads guilty to tax and labor offenses

LEBANON, Mo. (Press release edited / KY3) – A lawyer from Lebanon, Missouri, has pleaded guilty in federal court to tax and labor offenses.

Meagan M. Howe, also known as Meagan M. Hasty, 35, pleaded guilty before United States Chief Justice David P. Rush on Thursday, August 19, to one count of not -payment of labor tax and one count of misrepresentation. related to a benefit plan.

Howe owns and operates Conquer the Divide, LLC. She is also the former owner and operator of the law firm Garner and Howe; Missouri Law Firm, LLC; and Just Ask Howe Tax Advocacy Services, LLC.

Howe admitted that she withheld a total of $ 15,019 in federal taxes from the paychecks of her employees at Garner and Howe Law Firm and Missouri Law Firm, LLC in 2019, but did not remit them to the IRS. Howe further admitted that she did not pay an additional $ 10,285 in corporate employment taxes in 2019.

Howe also admitted that she falsely prepared and submitted 2018 income tax returns for herself and her husband. By filing separate returns that each claimed “head of household” status, she was able to fraudulently receive $ 3,775 in earned income tax credits.

Howe also admitted that she failed to pass on $ 3,111 in contributions to an employee pension plan. Howe then falsely stated that there had been no failure to forward contributions to his employee pension plan.

Under today’s plea agreement, Howe is required to pay restitution to the IRS, the Missouri Department of Revenue, and individual victims.

Under federal law, Howe is liable to a sentence of up to 10 years in federal prison without parole. The maximum legal sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for information, as the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the court based on the Sentencing Advisory Guidelines and other statutory factors. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a pre-sentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.

This case is being continued by Assistant US Attorney Casey Clark. He has been investigated by the IRS-Criminal Investigation, the Department of Labor – Employee Benefits Security Administration, and the Missouri Department of Revenue.

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