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Modesto Physician Extradited to California to Face Tax Charges

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Public Affairs Office
Brenda Voet

For Immediate Release

03.02.2010

Sacramento – Franchise Tax Board (FTB) special agents returned a Modesto physician to California today to face felony charges of tax evasion for failure to file state income tax returns, FTB announced.

Thomas Kaschak, 51, a self-employed orthopedic surgeon was arrested for failure to appear for his January 22, January 26, and February 16, 2010, Stanislaus Superior Court arraignments. Douglas County Sheriffs arrested Kaschak while at Lakeside Inn Casino in South Lake Tahoe, Nevada.

According to FTB special agents, Kaschak allegedly failed to file his 2000 – 2004 state income tax returns, did not report more than $1.6 million earned during these years, and owes the state nearly $138,000 in unpaid tax. Kaschak has also been indicted on income tax evasion charges for tax years 2005, 2007, and 2008, as well as a tax fraud charge for 2007.

Based on financial documents seized by FTB special agents in 2006, Kaschak was issued Form 1099s for income received for performing more than 1,100 procedures at Memorial Hospital in Modesto since 1996. Kaschak claims to be a resident of Reno, Nevada. California tax law provides that income earned while in California is taxable by the state. Each felony tax count carries a maximum term of three years in state prison.

The failure to report income 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 due and the tax that is paid. Suspected tax fraud may be reported to the FTB online at ftb.ca.gov or by calling 800.540.3453.

For more information on other taxes and fees in California, visit taxes.ca.gov.

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