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Montebello Business Owners Arrested for State Income Tax Evasion

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Public Affairs Office
Brenda Voet

For Immediate Release

05.17.2010

Sacramento – A Montebello business woman and her estranged husband were arrested Friday morning, May 14, on a total of 11 felony counts for state income tax evasion, Franchise Tax Board (FTB) announced.

Miriam E. Avila, 49, and Raul Avila, 50, allegedly failed to report more than $1.3 million of gross receipts from their realty business, Avcorp Realty & Management Group, during the years 2003 through 2006. In addition, Miriam E. Avila failed to report personal income of more than $654,000 during the years 2003 through 2005.

Every year FTB contacts individuals who may have a filing requirement, but have not filed a tax return. These individuals have 30 days to file their state tax return or show why one is not due. FTB contacted the Avilas numerous times to file the delinquent returns.

The failure to report income is part of the $6.5 billion tax gap now facing California. The tax gap is defined as the difference between the tax that is due and the tax that is paid. You can report suspected tax fraud by calling the FTB at 800.540.3453.

Penalties, interest, and the cost of the investigation will be added to the unpaid taxes amount. Each tax count carries a maximum term of three years in state prison.

Raul Avila was booked in the Men’s Central Jail in Los Angeles and Miriam E. Avila was booked in the Century Regional Detention Center in Lynwood.

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

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