A man from Atlanta was recently sentenced to seven years in prison for filing false federal and state income tax returns. Prosecutors said that the man filed false returns worth roughly $870,000.

Prosecutors said that the man used stolen identities to file fraudulent federal and state tax returns. They said he used other people's identities to try to obtain larger tax refunds. After the man received the fraudulent refund checks, they said he used other people to cash the checks.

The man pleaded guilty to mail fraud and aggravated identity theft this past spring. In addition to the seven-year federal prison sentence, prosecutors said the man will be required to repay the full amount of money he obtained through his tax fraud scheme.

Prosecutors did not say if the man actually filed taxes in his own name but it is unlikely that he filed his own tax returns in addition to creating the false identities and fraudulent tax returns. The man could also face additional penalties from the Internal Revenue Service for failing to file federal and state income taxes. In addition to paying back the money he received from the tax fraud scheme, the man could face significant penalties for his delinquent taxes.

Individuals who have delinquent tax returns may face extra scrutiny by the IRS and can face hefty penalties for not paying their taxes on time. There are many different factors that can contribute to delinquent tax returns and many people fail to pay their taxes on time because they don't understand when the tax filing deadline is.

Failing to pay your taxes can result in serious penalties, including jail time and hefty fines. Individuals who currently being investigated by the IRS for delinquent taxes should contact a tax law attorney to understand what options are available before it's too late.

Source: AJC, "Atlanta man sentenced for filing bogus tax returns," Marcus K. Garner, July 30, 2013