US Supreme Court: Deport Tax Scofflaws

February 26, 2012

The Supreme Court has ruled that a legal immigrant couple, Akio and Fukado Kawashima, may be deported for criminal tax evasion.

The legal question was whether evading taxes rose to the level of deportable offense as an “‘aggravated felony’ to include crimes of ‘fraud or deceit’”.  The Court decided that the 4 months in prison Akio spent in prison and the  $245,000 in taxes and penalties they owed brought their offenses up to the deportable level.  The current threshhold level of fraud deemed a deportable offense is $10,000.

The Kawashimas were welcomed into this country and able to build a prosperous business.  They refused to pay their fair share of taxes and now they have to leave.

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