Tax Commission News Release
Judge orders Idaho Falls couple to file state tax returns
BOISE, IDAHO — Nov. 4, 2013 — Seventh District Court Judge Jon Shindruling has ordered an Idaho Falls couple to file Idaho tax returns for three years in which their reported income totaled more than $300,000.
Judge Shindruling issued an order to compel Kenneth and Stephanie Downs to file tax returns for 2009 through 2011. The couple has until Nov. 15 to comply with the judge’s order.
“When people refuse to file their tax returns, it’s a slap in the face to the majority of law-abiding citizens who do what’s required of all of us,” said Tax Commissioner David Langhorst. In order to ensure equal treatment under the law, he said, “The Idaho State Tax Commission is prepared to pursue those who don’t fulfill their duties.”
Court files show that Kenneth and Stephanie Downs had income of at least $117,722 for 2009; $124,934 for 2010; and $96,990 for 2011.
The Tax Commission is being represented in this case by Deputy Attorney General William von Tagen.