Posted: Oct 28, 2013 2:47 PM by MTN News
A Big Sky mother and daughter were both sentenced to 10 months in prison after pleading guilty to failing to file tax returns.
Irene Paster, 65, and Yolanda Paster, 40, pleaded guilty in federal court on Friday.
Court documents show that Yolanda was also fined $3,000.
Irene plead guilty for failure to file a tax return on gross income in 2009 of $91,322. A married person filing a joint return must file a tax return if their income exceeds $18,700. She filed an extension but "willfully failed to file a 2009 return on or before Oct. 15, 2010."
Yolanda, Irene's daughter, had a gross income of $60,413 and filed for an extension her 2009 taxes. She also failed to file a 2009 return on or before Oct. 15, 2010.
An unmarried person, who is not a surviving spouse or head of household, must file a tax return if his or her income exceeds $9,350 in gross income for the 2009 calendar year.
Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that they will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, they do have the opportunity to earn a sentence reduction for "good behavior." However, this reduction will not exceed 15 percent of the overall sentence.
The investigation was a cooperative effort between the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Criminal Investigation Division of the Internal Revenue Service, and the U.S. Secret Service.