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Fairfield Dentist Pleads to State Income Tax Evasion

Released: January 29, 2010

Sacramento – A Fairfield dentist pleaded no contest to one felony count of state income tax evasion, the Franchise Tax Board (FTB) announced.

Robert H. Hale, 72 was originally charged in June 2009. According to court documents, Hale failed to file his 2002- 2006 state income tax returns and failed to report more than $1.3 million in income earned during these years. Hale’s sentencing and restitution hearing are scheduled for March 15 in Department 21 of the Solano County Hall of Justice.

Hale owes the state more than $175,000 in unpaid tax. Interest, penalties and the cost of the investigation will be added to this figure.

Hale also expressed several frivolous arguments made by those who oppose compliance with income tax law. These arguments are routinely rejected by the courts as meritless. For more information, visit the IRS’ website, The Truth About Frivolous Tax Arguments.

The failure to file income tax returns is part of the $6.5 billion tax gap California faces each year. The tax gap is defined as the difference between the tax that is owed and the tax that is paid.

Solano County Superior Court Judge E. Bradley Nelson presided over Wednesday’s proceedings in Department 4 of the Solano County Hall of Justice. Solano County Deputy District Attorney Dana Vaughan is prosecuting the case.