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Couple charged with multiple Minnesota tax crimes

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ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Revenue announced that the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office recently charged both William Sydney Sundstrom and Elizabeth Cassady with five felony counts of failing to file Minnesota individual income tax returns and five felony counts of failing to pay Minnesota income tax.  

According to the complaint, Mr. Sundstrom and Ms. Cassady failed to file their state individual income tax returns and failed to pay income tax each year from 2013 through 2017. The complaint alleges that the couple went to great lengths to create the appearance that they were not Minnesota residents to avoid paying Minnesota income tax. The complaint states that the couple listed the address of a UPS store in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and signed residency affidavits to obtain South Dakota drivers licenses. According to the complaint, department investigators determined that the couple were Minnesota residents during tax years 2013 through 2017, based on the location of their primary home in Bloomington, MN, their proximity to immediate family, the location of many of their financial and retail transactions, and other factors indicating residency. The complaint alleges that the couple owes over $34,000 tax, penalties, and interest.

Each tax-related felony charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison, a $10,000 fine, or both. Defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Although most taxpayers comply with tax laws voluntarily, the department takes enforcement action against noncompliant taxpayers to ensure that tax laws are administered fairly.

Many of the department’s criminal case referrals come from public tips. There is a 24-hour tip line for anyone who suspects that a person or business is violating Minnesota tax laws. Local callers may dial 651-297-5195 or call toll-free by dialing 1-800-657-3500. Tips can also be submitted to the department by email at tax.fraud@state.mn.us. Tipsters may choose to remain anonymous. 

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Ryan Brown
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