IRS claims owners of Fort Collins international aluminum company hid millions in Scotland, Switzerland

Federal attorneys have sued the homeowners of a Fort Collins worldwide aluminum conglomerate claiming they hid greater than $three million of property in banks in Scotland and Switzerland to keep away from paying taxes.

U.S. Legal professional Bob Troyer sued Stephen Thomas Brown Sr., 82, searching for $1.74 million in again taxes and penalties. Troyer’s workplace additionally sued Stephen Thomas Brown Jr., 60, and his stepmother, Margie Garrigues Brown, 68, in separate lawsuits searching for $218,397 in unpaid taxes and curiosity from every of them.

The federal International Financial institution Account Report statute requires residents to report property stored in international banks outdoors the U.S. to the IRS.

Stephen Brown Sr. integrated an aluminum firm known as Matrix Funding Company in Fort Collins in 1982. Matrix extracts, processes and sells aluminum merchandise to retailers. In keeping with on-line enterprise analysts, Matrix wholesales T-squares, triangular drafting scales, graphic instruments and calibrated triangles. Matrix has annual gross sales of $four.2 million.

Matrix is the mum or dad firm of a number of subsidiaries known as Esteban Cafe in El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama, Costa Rica and Guatemala, the lawsuit says.

Stephen Brown Jr. owns 43 p.c of the enterprise. He and his father integrated Beeston Restricted within the Isle of Man in 2003. In late 2004, Stephen Brown Jr. deposited $2 million within the Financial institution of Scotland, courtroom data say.

The Browns would incorporate different companies together with Bayer Restricted and Rushdene in 2005. They purportedly bought Rushdene on July 29, 2005, for $eight million, the lawsuit says. Rushdene employed the Browns as impartial contractors. In 2008, the Browns despatched two invoices totaling $600,000 on behalf of Matrix, the lawsuit says.

However a yr after the sale of Rushdene, the enterprise opened a checking account at Union Financial institution of Switzerland, (UBS), in Zurich, Switzerland, within the names of Stephen Brown Jr., Stephen Brown Sr. and Margie Brown, the lawsuit says. One other account for Beeston was arrange at UBS. The accounts for Beeston and Rushdene exceeded $three.7 million in 2008 and $three.1 million in 2009, the lawsuit says.

“Mr. Brown Jr. deliberately didn’t open up to his federal earnings tax return preparer the existence of the Rushdene and Beeston accounts, his beneficialinterest therein, his efficient management over transactions therein,” the lawsuit says.

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