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Updated: Oct 29, 2023

Michael Avenatti has been a high-profile attorney for decades but only recently stepped into the pubic eye while briefly representing adult film actress Stormy Daniels' lawsuit against President Trump. Now, Avenatti is in the spotlight again, this time facing almost 404 charges. Avenatti is being charged with a lot of bad behaviors and shady dealings, form extortion and bankruptcy fraud to stealing from his own clients. One of his biggest crimes is his evading taxes for over a decade. Instead of paying Uncle Sam, IRS records reveal Avenatti used that money to hlep fund an extravagant lifestyle of expensive cars, jewelry, and luxury apartments. Among the people who want Avenatti to answer for his alleged crimes is the IRS. 

According to IRS records obtained by the Los Angeles Times, Avenatti earned $1.9 million in personal income in 2009 and $1.2 million in 2010, and he didn't pay any taxes. Federal prosecutors claim that even through $18 million has come into Avenatti's bank account since 2010, Avenatti hasn't filed personal income tax returns for over a decade. The IRS has also been looking at Avenatti's business accounts for a number of years. 

In 2016, officials began trying to collect debts for his coffee company, Tully's Coffee. The company failed to pay at least $3.2 million in federal payroll taxes. Additionally, reports show that Avenatti's law firm, Avenatti & Associates, recorded $38 million in deposits but failed to make good on a $425,000 tax payment owed to the IRS to resolve a bankruptcy case. 

In April, Avenatti was indicted on 36 counts by a grand jury in Southern California. Only  time will tell how the rest of Avenatti's story plays out, but one thing's for certain: No matter how much someone tried to evade paying their taxes, once the IRS is involved, they'll get what they're owed one way or another. 

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