Ramsey accountant charged with income tax evasion

A Ramsey accountant and tax preparer is being accused in Anoka County District Court of failing to file state taxes in time and underreporting his income when he eventually submitted the documents for the tax years 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.

Richard William Cichocki, Jr., 45, was charged Jan. 23 by the Anoka County Attorney’s Office with three felonies of failure to file tax returns, failure to pay or collect taxes and filing false or fraudulent returns with the state commissioner for the Minnesota Department of Revenue.

His first court appearance is scheduled for March 3.

According to the criminal complaint, Cichocki has lived in Ramsey since 2000 and has operated a tax consulting business in Ramsey since 2010. His business was previously located in Anoka from 2005 to 2010.

Special Agent Michael Pritzlaff of the Minnesota Department of Revenue’s Criminal Investigation Division alleged in his investigation that Cichocki did not file Minnesota Income Tax forms with the state of Minnesota for the taxable years of 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.

During a “non-custodial” interview with Pritzlaff Nov. 14, 2012, Cichocki allegedly admitted that he was working during those tax years and had earned about $100,000 each year. He allegedly told Pritzlaff he did not file tax returns during those years due to family matters.

Cichocki told Pritzlaff that he would file these tax returns and the Department of Revenue received completed the tax forms for 2008 through 2011 Dec. 12, 2012. The 2008 tax form was thus over three years late and the 2011 form was eight months late, according to the complaint.

Cichocki calculated that he owed $190 for 2008, $334 for 2009 and nothing for 2010 and 2011 taxes, but the Department of Revenue’s review of Cichocki’s bank records for his tax preparation business allegedly showed that his income was higher than what he reported on his submitted returns. The state alleges that Cichocki owed $4,798 for 2008, $4,000 for 2009, $136 for 2010 and $1,212 for 2011.

ABC Newspapers found no federal criminal complaint for tax evasion. He has only been charged regarding state tax returns.

Eric Hagen is at eric.hagen@ecm-inc.com

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