ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Revenue announced that the Anoka County Attorney’s Office recently charged Larry Paul Hagner, of Blaine, with multiple tax-related felonies. Mr. Hagner is charged with three felony counts of failing to file business income tax returns, three felony counts of failing to pay business income tax, three felony counts of filing false or fraudulent individual income tax returns, and three felony counts of failing to pay individual income tax.
According to the complaint, Mr. Hagner operated a business, All Cleaning Applications, a building cleaning and maintenance company. The complaint alleges that Mr. Hagner failed to file business income tax returns and failed to pay business income tax for tax years 2017 through 2019. The complaint states that Mr. Hagner filed individual income tax returns he knew to be false and failed to pay income tax for those years as well. According to the complaint, Mr. Hagner owes more than $63,000 in 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Tipsters may choose to remain anonymous.
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