Meat on Mille Lacs owner pleads guilty to withholding taxes
The owner of the Meat on Mille Lacs in Onamia recently plead guilty to failing to pay withheld taxes in federal district court. Michelle Uden was indicted on Oct. 7, 2014, on seven counts for failing to pay federal employment taxes, consisting of...
The owner of the Meat on Mille Lacs in Onamia recently plead guilty to failing to pay withheld taxes in federal district court.
Michelle Uden was indicted on Oct. 7, 2014, on seven counts for failing to pay federal employment taxes, consisting of federal income taxes, as well as Federal Insurance Contribution Act (FICA) taxes, made up of social security taxes and hospital insurance or Medicare taxes on the wages of individual employees of Meat on Mille Lacs.
On Jan. 30, Uden pleaded guilty to the one indictment count of failing to pay over withheld taxes.
According to the U.S. District Court in St. Paul court file against Uden: From prior to June 30, 2008 and lasting through sometime in 2010, Uden ran the meat market and retail store and was responsible for the bookkeeping and payroll. She collected her employees' federal income taxes and FICA taxes. She was responsible for filing business tax forms for the meat market, which includes the Form 941, which identifies and reports to the IRS the amounts withheld from employee paychecks for payment of federal income taxes and FICA taxes.
The court document said Uden caused the meat market to deduct and collect from taxable wages of its employees federal income taxes and FICA taxes, but did not pay over the withheld amounts or file the Form 941 each quarter.
The IRS office reported the total tax loss was $202,000, which includes Uden's failure to pay over withhold payroll taxes, failure to pay over withheld payroll taxes in other quarters and failure to pay taxes on her personal income.
The maximum statutory penalty for the offense is up to five years in prison and or a criminal fine of up to $10,000.
The IRS Criminal Investigation is the assisting federal agency. Assistant U.S. Attorney Rob Lewis is prosecuting the case for the government.
No sentencing date for Uden has been set.
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