Harrison Business Owner Indicted For Not Paying Taxes To IRS

Posted On April 17, 2014

By Mike Perleberg

(Cincinnati, Oh.) – A Lawrenceburg woman who operated a home healthcare business in the tri-state is accused of failing to pay more than $350,000 in taxes.

Peggy Dossman, 43, was indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday on six counts of willfully failing to account for and pay over employment taxes to the Indiana Revenue Service, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Southern Ohio said Thursday.

According to the indictment, between 2003 and 2010 Dossman owned and operated a home health care business called Southwest Home Healthcare, which was converted to a limited liability company in 2007. Listings show the business is based in Harrison.

During the first two quarters of 2008 and for all four quarters of 2009, Dossman deducted and collected from the total taxable wages of the Southwest Home Healthcare employees federal income taxes and Federal Insurance Contributions Act taxes (minus any payments to the IRS). The amount totaled $352,472.77.

“Business owners have a responsibility to withhold income taxes for their employees and then remit those taxes to the IRS,” said Kathy A. Enstrom, Special Agent in Charges at the IRS Criminal Investigations Cincinnati Field Office. “The failure to pay over withheld taxes is a serious offense and those who fail to do so to gain a competitive advantage that will not be tolerated.”

If convicted, Dossman could be sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to pay a fine up to $250,000, according to federal prosecutors.