Vernice B. Kuglin


A pilot for Federal Express.

Court Actions

Vernice B. Kuglin faced criminal charges for falsifying Forms W-4 and failing to pay taxes on $920,000 of income between 1996 and 2001, but was acquitted by a federal jury. United States v. Kuglin, No. 03-20111 (U.S.D.C. W.D. Tenn. 8/8/2003). According to newspaper accounts of the trial, jurors found persuasive the defendant’s argument that she attempted to obtain an explanation of the Service’s authority to collect taxes from her but her correspondence went unanswered. See 2003 TNT 155-12 (Aug. 11, 2003); 2003 TNT 155-13 (Aug. 11, 2003); 2003 TNT 158-2 (Aug. 14, 2003).

In the case of Ms. Kuglin, we also know that she did not escape civil liability for the taxes because she was later interviewed on a radio program and admitted that the IRS had garnished her salary to pay the taxes she owed. “American Radio” with Dave Champion (1/31/2004). Eight months later, she entered into a settlement with the IRS in Tax Court in which she agreed to pay more than half a million dollars in back taxes and penalties. Kuglin v. Commissioner, No. 21743-03, 2004 TNT 177-14 (T.C. 9/1/2004).

On April 30, 2007, the Memphis Daily News reported that a notice of federal tax lien had been filed against her in the amount of $188,025.

In a case filed by the government in August 2011 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee, the United States obtained a judgment against Kuglin regarding over $1.3 million in federal taxes, penalties and interest for years 1996 through 2004. In 2013, the government sold a vacant lot of real estate she had owned in Memphis, Tennessee. See United States v. Vernice B. Kuglin et al., case no. 2:11-cv-02741-SHM-tmp, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee (Memphis Div.).


In her criminal trial, Ms. Kuglin was defended by Larry Becraft.

Although her name is frequently bandied about by tax protesters, she does not seem to support or have any connection with any ongoing tax protester efforts.

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