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Tax evasion trial tentatively scheduled for Oregon anti-tax initiative activist

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August 1, 2011

By Bailey Ludlam

Oregon

SALEM, Oregon: Bill Sizemore, an Oregon anti-tax activist and well-known ballot initiative activist, is facing three counts of tax evasion. In the grand jury indictment issued October 27, 2009 Sizemore and his wife, Cindy Sizemore, allegedly failed to file state tax returns for the years 2006, 2007 and 2008.[1]

According to officials, Sizemore admitted under oath in a 2008 civil case that he hadn't filed tax returns. Sizemore did not take advantage of the tax amnesty period, which ended November 19, according to the Oregon Justice Department. The period allows taxpayers to amend their returns without penalty.

On October 15, 2010 Cindy Sizemore pleaded guilty to one count of tax evasion. She was ordered to serve 18 months of probation. Bill Sizemore, however, has pleaded not guilty to all counts.[2]

The trial is schedule for August 9, 2011.[3]

The charges carry a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison and a $125,000 fine.

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