Madison accountant accused of intentionally not paying business taxes

A Madison accountant stands accused of intentionally failing to pay taxes and is facing several charges, according to a Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR) news release.

Kathleen Villard, a CPA from Madison, was charged on Feb. 6 with one felony count of intentionally failing to pay sales tax, one misdemeanor count of failing to file an income tax return, and one misdemeanor count of knowingly making false statements to the DOR.

According to the criminal complaint, Villard is a member of the Ki Shop LLC. She filed four late sales tax returns in 2019 and failed to remit $2,908.50 in sales tax due. She also failed to file the required 2018 and 2019 tax returns for the partnership, and in doing so, did not report gross receipts over $52,000.

If convicted on all counts, Villard faces a maximum penalty of up to five years in prison and/or $30,000 in fines. Villard is being prosecuted by the Dane County District Attorney’s Office following an investigation by the DOR Office of Criminal Investigation.