Top 8 Famous Tax Evasion Cases in IRS History

Everyone has to pay taxes. Whether you’re a famous person in politics, music industry or you’re a favorite celebrity, a business tycoon, and a professional sports player; you can’t escape your due taxes. Omitting zeroes, not filing tax returns or you merely neglect your duty, as an American citizen will lead you to a dark secluded area known as prison. In this article, you will learn the top 8 famous tax evasion cases in IRS History, and we hope it will serve as a reminder to pay your due taxes on time!

The Chicago Gangster

The infamous Chicago gangster, Al Capone, was connected to extortion, stealing, and murder and was known as a mob boss who ran the Chicago suburb of Cicero as his private kingdom. He lived like a king and was never charged with his dirty works. He only paid taxes for a measly legit yearly income and was questioned by the federal government about it.


Gangster Alphonse ‘Al’ Capone poses for a mugshot on his arrival at the Federal Penitentiary at Alcatraz on August 22, 1934 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Donaldson Collection/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Later on, he was indicted for five counts of tax evasion in 1931 and received 11 years imprisonment, which he served at the notorious Alcatraz and the US Penitentiary in Atlanta. He was charged with $7,692 for court costs and fined $50,000. He also paid $215,000 with interest due on back taxes. Capone did not finish his term of imprisonment and was released at the age of 40 due to brain syphilis.

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