TIGTA reports a cautionary tale of a U.S. taxpayer who took another approach. That taxpayer sought to hire hit man to kill the IRS agent conducting an audit. That taxpayer also sought to have the hit man burn the IRS office. Neither of these actions would have been counseled by those who practice in this area. (Actually, that is too sweeping a statement, what I mean is that I cannot imagine that either of these actions would have been counseled by those who practice in this area.)
The full report is:
March 6, 2009
Man Sentenced in Murder for Hire Plot of IRS Revenue Officer
On March 5, 2009, U.S. District Court Judge James S. Moody, Jr., imposed a sentence of 30 years imprisonment on Florida businessman Randy Nowak. He noted that, after having listened to Nowak's recorded conversations with an undercover agent posing as a hit man, he had concluded that Nowak had "no conscience."
Nowak was convicted by a Federal jury in December 2008 of attempting to murder a U.S. officer or employee and for using a facility of interstate commerce with the intent that a murder-for-hire be committed.
According to court documents, in June 2008, Nowak, owner of RJ Nowak Enterprises, Inc., had been looking for someone to kill an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) employee who was auditing him because he stood to lose $4,000,000 that he had hidden offshore.
Nowak met with an undercover Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Task Force agent who was posing as a hit man in July 2008. Nowak paid him $10,000 as a down payment to kill the IRS Revenue Officer. Nowak also asked the undercover agent if he would be willing to burn down the IRS's office in Lakeland.
Nowak was charged in a criminal complaint filed in July 2008 with attempting to kill an IRS Revenue Officer who was engaged in the performance of official duties. At that time, Nowak had an outstanding IRS liability of approximately $300,000 related to his personal income tax obligations, and he had four years of outstanding corporate tax returns for his business that he had not filed.
The case was worked jointly with the FBI.