A Branson entertainer was sentenced in federal court Tuesday to five years probation and ordered to pay more than $200,000 for failure to pay income taxes.
Barry Knudsen, a star of the “Six” show, had pleaded guilty in federal court April 21 to tax evasion after failing to pay more than $300,000 in state and federal taxes, according to federal court records.
At the time of his plea, Knudsen waived his right to a grand jury. In his plea, Knudsen admitted that, despite earning significant income through several businesses in which he is a shareholder, he repeatedly failed to file and pay federal and state income taxes.
On Tuesday, Judge Douglas Harpool sentenced Knudsen to five years on one count of attempting to evade or defeat taxes, and also on one count of willful failure to file a return or supply information. The two sentences are to run concurrently, according to online federal court records. In addition, Knudsen was ordered to pay restitution of $217, 958.
According to a statement in April from the office of the U.S. Attorney in the Missouri western district, Knudsen took affirmative acts to evade paying income taxes for six years from 2009 through 2014. His gross annual income during those years reportedly ranged from $229,271 to $286,642 and totaled more than $1.5 million.
Knudsen’s continued failure to file income tax returns, in conjunction with his failure to have adequate federal income tax withholding, resulted in a total federal tax loss of $217,958 and a total state tax loss of $46,439. The total tax loss for both the federal and state governments amounts to $264,397, according to the statement.
Knudsen reportedly was in regular contact with IRS employees regarding his tax liabilities, and received numerous notices regarding his unfiled returns. Despite being contacted by law enforcement in October 2014, Knudsen has not filed federal income tax returns for the years of 2009 through 2013. Furthermore, Knudsen has not voluntarily paid all of his federal income tax for the years 2009 through 2014. As of March 8, 2016, through Missouri’s amnesty tax program, Knudsen has satisfied the state’s demand for payment of state income taxes, according to the statement.
Earlier this year, Doug Fogelquist, director of operations for the Six Show, issued a statement indicating that Barry Knudsen was working to pay his taxes.
“Barry has taken responsibility for his actions and will pay the consequences set forth by the court,” the statement read. “He has paid his Missouri State back taxes in full and will continue to make restitution to the federal government until that judgment is satisfied.”