Bozeman-area chiropractor to plead guilty to evading income taxes – The Bozeman Daily Chronicle

18November 2020

An area chiropractic physician and his better half are arranged to plead guilty Thursday in federal court to charges that implicate them of trying to avert earnings taxes over numerous years.

Jonathan and April Wilhelm are each charged with attempted earnings tax evasion, according to court documents submitted in federal court in October. The couple is arranged to appear in Missoula federal court prior to Magistrate Judge Kathleen DeSoto.

The couple will enter guilty pleas to the charges and acknowledge they attempted to “evade or beat” their income tax, according to documents submitted in the case.


As part of a plea contract in the event, the Wilhelms will consent to pay $147,234 in restitution. District attorneys will not suggest that the Wilhelms be jailed. Sean Morrison and Brian Gallik, attorneys representing the Wilhelms, did not respond to requests for talk about Wednesday.

An investigation began after Jonathan Wilhelm stopped working to properly report earnings generated by Pro Chiropractic and Pro Physio on tax forms for 2013 to 2015, and 2017 and 2018, court files say. He owns business and Big Sky Spinal Care Center, which have places in Bozeman and Belgrade.

The married couple reported that their joint taxable income for 2015 was $77,388 and that they owed $8,897 in taxes. Investigators found the couple's joint taxable income was really $57,895 greater than the amount reported and that they owed an additional $16,480 in taxes for the year, court documents state.

As part of an examination, officials found that from 2013 to 2018, Jonathan Wilhelm deposited cash from patients into his personal account instead of into a service account, court files say.

Detectives found that by omitting the earnings from business records, he underreported business' taxable worths for those years, court documents state. Investigators say that April Wilhelm knew that earnings for the businesses was not being reported to the IRS.

Detectives discovered that from 2013 to 2015, and 2017 and 2018, the Wilhelms underreported the businesses' taxable value by $283,691. They likewise discovered that the Wilhelms cumulatively under reported income taxes by $74,486 during the same duration.

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