An ex-Chicago Bear was charged with failing to file federal income tax returns, reported Bloomberg Businessweek, March 8. Chris Zorich, the former Chicago Bear and Washington Redskins defensive tackle, and Notre Dame All-American, was charged on March 7 with "failing to file federal income tax returns over four years." The ex-professional football player faces "four misdemeanor counts of not filing federal income tax returns from 2006 to 2009." Allegedly, during those years, Zorich, 43, pulled in more than $1 million including income from a charity he founded. The Chicago native intends to plead guilty. "He's been looking forward to the day he could start putting this behind him," said his attorney Matthias Lydon.
Famous sports figures, through the years, have been guilty of failing to pay income taxes. Therefore, the ex-Chicago Bear charged is hardly alone. Darryl Strawberry, Pete Rose, Mike Tyson, Lawrence Taylor, for example, were all caught up in tax messes.
According to Greta P. Hicks, CPA and former IRS manager, "The hazards of waiting to get caught [not paying your taxes] will vary with the number of non-filed years, reasons for not filing, records available, and levy resources. By waiting, you are allowing the IRS to calculate your tax based upon the information they have available or can estimate."
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