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Federal judge orders Tacoma woman to stop selling tax ‘scam’

Post by Adam Lynn / The News Tribune on May 30, 2008 at 5:49 pm |
May 30, 2008 5:49 pm

U.S. District Judge Benjamin Settle issued an injunction Friday that bars Tacoma resident Sharon Kukhahn from selling a service that purports to show people how they can legally avoid paying federal taxes.


Settle ruled that Kukhahn falsely represents to customers that her service allows them to decode IRS records to prove they aren’t liable for paying federal income taxes, according to a news release issued by the Department of Justice.


Kukhahn reportedly was charging people between $1,750 and $3,195 for the service, the release states. The IRS determined that the service cost the U.S. Treasury nearly $4.9 million in unpaid taxes. She runs companies called IMF Decoder, Paralegal Research Advocates and Advocates for Justice, Liberty and Freedom.


Kukhahn’s case is one of three civil complaints the government filed on both the East and West coasts last month asking judges to halt the promotion of services designed to convince people they can legally avoid paying their taxes.


“There is no magic way to make federal income taxes disappear,” assistant U.S. attorney general Nathan J. Hochman said in the news release. “Those who pay for and implement frivolous scams like the one enjoined by the court here are wasting their money.”


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