Douglas Bruce, an anti-tax crusader and the father of TABOR, has been indicted by the statewide grand Jury for failing to pay taxes on income he earned during the 2005, 2006 and 2007 tax years.
According to the four-count indictment, Bruce is suspected of attempting to evade his tax responsibilities by funneling his income into the coffers of Active Citizens Together, a nonprofit he created in 2001, and failing to report such income to the Colorado Department of Revenue. Bruce is also suspected of filing a false tax return on income he earned during the 2005 tax year and failing to file a return in 2006 and 2007.
“State law requires that citizens who live in Colorado and enjoy all the benefits of being a resident pay the appropriate taxes,” said Attorney General John Suthers. “No one is exempt from that obligation.”
According to the indictment, Bruce is expected of evasion of taxes administered by the Department of Revenue, a class-five felony; filing a false tax return, a class-five felony; attempting to influence a public servant, a class-four felony, and failure to file a return or pay a tax, a misdemeanor offense. He faces up to six years in prison or up to $500,000 in fines if convicted of an attempt to influence a public servant.
The indictment was returned April 7. Prosecutors for the office of the Attorney General will present the state’s cases against Bruce in Denver’s District Court.
Later Friday afternoon, Bruce posted a $10,000 bond and was released from the El Paso County Jail.