An area chiropractic doctor and his better half are set up to plead guilty Thursday in federal court to charges that accuse them of trying to evade earnings taxes over numerous years.
Jonathan and April Wilhelm are each charged with attempted income tax evasion, according to court documents submitted in federal court in October. The married couple is set up to appear in Missoula federal court prior to Magistrate Judge Kathleen DeSoto.
The couple will enter guilty pleas to the charges and acknowledge they tried to “avert or beat” their income tax, according to documents filed in the event.
As part of a plea agreement in the event, the Wilhelms will consent to pay $147,234 in restitution. Prosecutors will not suggest that the Wilhelms be imprisoned. Sean Morrison and Brian Gallik, attorneys representing the Wilhelms, did not react to ask for talk about Wednesday.
An investigation began after Jonathan Wilhelm failed to precisely report revenues generated by Pro Chiropractic and Pro Physio on tax return for 2013 to 2015, and 2017 and 2018, court documents say. He owns business and Big Sky Spinal Care Center, which have areas in Bozeman and Belgrade.
The couple reported that their joint gross income for 2015 was $77,388 and that they owed $8,897 in taxes. Investigators found the couple's joint taxable income was really $57,895 higher than the amount reported and that they owed an additional $16,480 in taxes for the year, court files state.
As part of an investigation, authorities discovered that from 2013 to 2018, Jonathan Wilhelm transferred money from patients into his personal account rather than into a business account, court files say.
Investigators discovered that by omitting the profits from the business records, he underreported business' taxable values for those years, court files state. Investigators say that April Wilhelm understood that earnings for business was not being reported to the IRS.
Detectives discovered that from 2013 to 2015, and 2017 and 2018, the Wilhelms underreported business' taxable value by $283,691. They also found that the Wilhelms cumulatively under reported earnings taxes by $74,486 throughout the exact same duration.