Doing your taxes can definitely make you feel like you want to kill somebody, but one taxpayer in Rhode Island actually threatened to go through with murder over a major tax bill.
Andrew A. Calcione owed taxes from 2008, 2009 and 2010, totaling in $330,000 in debt to the IRS. The Warwick IRS office had been calling him to deal with the back taxes directly, and Calcione was not amused by the frequent calls.
Last July 15, Calcione called the office. He left voicemails detailing what would happen to the agent if he ever called him again in regards to tax issues, specifying he would torture the agent, rape and kill the agent’s wife, injure the agent’s daughter and then finally kill the agent.
The IRS agent reported the calls to the authorities, who determined the voicemails were brutal enough to find charge Calcione. A federal judge found him guilty of threatening to assault and murder (on the accounts of the agent and his two family members.) A judge will determine his punishment this September, the maximum sentence is twenty years behind bars. The U.S. Attorney's office threatened to see the "toughest, appropriate sentence in this case."
So, even if you got a puny tax return this year, or even owed on your taxes, remember, threatening an innocent IRS employee is not a way to get out of paying your bills.
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