April’s on its way

Walter Anderson, a telecommunications entrepreneur who used the pseudonym Mark Roth, was arrested on Saturday at Washington’s Dulles airport after arriving from London. He was charged with evading more than $200m in taxes over five years and faces up to 80 years in prison if found guilty. He reportedly pleaded innocent….

Mark Everson, commissioner of the IRS, on Monday acknowledged that the US tax authority’s efforts to pursue tax evaders had declined in the mid-1990s. But he said Monday’s news was a sign that the IRS was getting back on track. The IRS and Justice Department said they received co-operation from four unidentified countries during its investigation of Mr Anderson but they refused to comment on what prompted the investigation.

Hark, the first sign of spring! The annual IRS show trials.