Two Year Prison Term for Dallas Cowboys Fan Who Owes $12.7 Million in Payroll Taxes

Thomas Valdez Rodriguez is no star when it comes to the IRS.

Thomas, the owner of Tom-E-Lee Trucking and Tom-E Lee Industries was sentenced to 24 months in prison for failing to pay employment taxes.

From 2012 to 2018 Rodriguez failed to pay the employment taxes he withheld from employees of his trucking company and did the same from 2015 to 2018 on payments withheld from employees of Lee Industries company. Rodriguez also stopped paying personal income taxes beginning in 2011. In total he owed the IRS $12,714,214.42 in unpaid payroll taxes and unpaid personal income taxes.

Rodriguez used some of the money for season tickets on the 50-yard line at Dallas Cowboys games, chartered jets to take him and his friends to the games, and he also purchased a new home worth over two million dollars.

In addition to the prison sentence, he was ordered to pay the $12,714,214.42.

Contact us at McCauley Law Offices today for a free consultation! We can help you out of your Tax Jam. When the IRS comes knocking, let us answer.

IRS Tax Tip: Audits by Mail

The IRS conducts many types of audits each year in an effort to verify income and expenses claimed on tax returns, many of which are conducted by mail. lists a number of tips to help taxpayers navigate the appropriate steps to take when in receipt of a letter notifying them of an audit by mail, we have summarized them for you below.

First, always be sure to read the letter carefully and completely. The letter is the best source of information involved and the type of information that the IRS is requesting you to send them. The IRS may request an itemized list of deductions or expenses. If you are unable to verify an amount claimed, respond with an explanation of the issue and your rationale for reporting the amount listed on your tax return. Once you have collected all of the requested information, you should attach copies of your documents to the audit letter and utilize the included envelope to return the information back to the IRS.

Second, it is important not to send original documents and you should always good practice to retain copies of everything you send in your response. You may also fax your information back to the IRS, if you choose utilize this option, you should include your name and social security number on each page to ensure all pages are associated with your case file.

Third, documents must be returned to the IRS within 30-days. If you are unable to meet this deadline you should call the number on the letter to discuss your situation and request additional time.

Fourth, once the IRS receives your information, they will thoroughly review it. Upon completion of their review, you will receive a letter either accepting your information or proposing changes to your tax return. If changes are proposed, 2 forms will be included with the return letter.

  • Form 4549 is the Income Tax Examination Changes form, this form explains the proposed changes to your tax return.
  • Form 886-A is the Explanation of Items form which describes specific changes and the reasoning behind them.

If you agree with the proposed changes, Form 4549 should be signed and dated and returned in the provided envelope along with your payment. If you disagree with the proposed changes, you do have the right to appeal within the IRS and before the courts, an explanation on this appeals process is also included in the letter.

Publication 3498-A The Examination Process (Audits by Mail) is available on the IRS website, this publication tells you what you need to do and explains your responsibilities and rights during and after an audit. The IRS website also contains information with steps on what to do if you owe additional taxes like paying your tax bill or applying for an online payment plan. If you pay your bill in full, you will reduce the amount of interest and penalties you will owe.

You can always contact McCauley Law Offices to discuss any concerns you may have. When the IRS comes knocking, let us answer. Contact us today for a free consultation, we’ll get the IRS off of your back.

Registered Nurse Commits Tax Fraud and Gets Registered for Prison Time

Registered Nurse Jennifer Hansen was sentenced to two years in prison after being found guilty of filing false tax returns.

Hansen was employed by a medical records company to evaluate individuals who applied for life insurance policies. She was responsible for conducting full medical examinations to make sure the applicants did not have any major health issues they had not disclosed. Between 2016 and 2018 she earned hundreds of thousands of dollars from the company and omitted all of it from her personal tax returns.

During the investigation into her tax crimes, it was discovered that a substantial portion of her income was also unearned. Hansen had submitted hundreds of records claiming she had examined a real patient when she had not.

In addition to the prison sentence, Hansen was ordered to pay restitution to the IRS in the amount of $257,830.44, and to her previous employer in the amount of one million dollars.

Are you in a Tax Jam? Contact McCauley Law Offices for a free consultation today, and let us get the IRS off of your back!

IRS Tax Tip 2022-127: Understanding taxpayer rights: Every taxpayer has the right to privacy

The Right to Privacy

According to a new tax tip from from the IRS, the taxpayers of America should rest easy knowing that their privacy is paramount to the IRS. The IRS has a Taxpayer Bill of Rights which lists out 10 fundamental rights all taxpayers should be aware of when dealing with the IRS. The rights include; The Right to Be Informed, The Right to Quality Service, The Right to Pay No More than the Correct Amount of Tax, The Right to Challenge the IRS’s Position and Be Heard, The Right to Appeal an IRS Decision in an Independent Forum. The Right to Finality, The Right to Confidentiality, The Right to Retain Representation, The Right to a Fair and Just Tax System, and The Right to Privacy.

The Right to Privacy ensures that taxpayers have the right to expect that any IRS inquiry, examination, or enforcement action will comply with the law and be no more intrusive than necessary. Taxpayers can also expect that the IRS will respect all due process rights, including search and seizure protections and will provide, where applicable, a collection due process hearing.

Below are a few more details the IRS provided about what a taxpayer’s right to privacy means:

  • The IRS cannot seize certain personal items, such as schoolbooks, clothing and undelivered mail
  • The IRS cannot seize a personal residence without first getting court approval, and the agency must show there is no reasonable alternative for collecting the tax debt
  • Sometimes, taxpayers submit offers to settle their tax debt that relate only to how much they owe. This is formally known as a Doubt as to Liability Offer in Compromise. Taxpayers who make this offer do not need to submit any financial documentation
  • During an audit, if the IRS finds no reasonable indication that a taxpayer has no unreported income, the agency will not seek intrusive and extraneous information about the taxpayer’s lifestyle
  • A taxpayer can expect that the IRS’s collection actions are no more intrusive than necessary. During a collection due process hearing, the Office of Appeals must balance that expectation with the IRS’s proposed collection action and the overall need for efficient tax collection

McCauley Law Offices is dedicated to resolving tax disputes with the IRS, it’s all we do. We can help you. Contact us today for a free consultation and let us deal with the IRS so you don’t have to!

West Chester, Pennsylvania Man’s $47k Tax Debt Settled for 7.5%

No matter the size of the tax debt, our firm can evaluate whether the IRS would be willing to compromise on your outstanding tax debt.  Call our firm today to schedule a free case evaluation.

That’s exactly what a West Chester, Pennsylvania man did – called our firm to evaluate his options on the outstanding tax liabilities.

After conducting a thorough review of his case, we instructed the client that he qualified for an offer in compromise.  After negotiating with the IRS, we were able to settle his $47,431 tax debt for only $3,587! That’s just 7.5%!

IRS Tax Tip 2022-118: From markers to face masks, classroom supplies may be tax deductible

With Back to School just around the corner, IRS Tax Tip 2022-118 is important for all educators to review.

The IRS knows that teachers go above and beyond, even buying classroom supplies with their own money to ensure successful learning environment. IRS Tax Tip 2022-118 gives some insight into the educator expense deduction which allows eligible educators and administrators to deduct part of the cost of some supplies, training, and technology from their taxes. This is only true of expenses that were not reimbursed by their employers, grants, or another source. Read on below for more on this tax tip, and contact McCauley Law Offices today to settle your Tax Jam and get the IRS off of your back!


Visit for more information, and check out Topic No. 458 Educator Expense Deduction on the IRS website for additional advice on this topic.