According to a report published by Tax Analysts, Assistant Attorney General Nathan Hochman, announced at a recent American Bar Association (ABA) meeting that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Department of Justice will be aggressively pursuing businesses with payroll tax problems. Hochman, who is the head tax lawyer for the Tax Division of the Department of Justice, said in tough economic times employers try to save money by not paying their payroll tax liabilities. He also noted that while in the past payroll tax problems have been handled on a civil basis that the IRS is now bringing criminal tax evasion charges, and that judges are handing out harsh sentences. I have previously blogged about the Easterday case in which Jack Easterday was sentenced to 30 months in prison for payroll tax fraud. Apparently there are more criminal payroll tax fraud cases to come.