Sherry Jackson Trial Update: Guilty
Stone Mountain woman testifies she believes she wasn't required to file returns
By BILL RANKIN
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 10/30/07
Sherry Peel Jackson, a former IRS revenue agent and certified public accountant, told a federal jury Tuesday she was sure she did not have to file income tax returns.
But after less than 30 minutes of deliberations, the jury convicted Jackson of failing to file income tax returns from 2000 through 2004. The Stone Mountain woman faces a maximum of four years in prison. She will be sentenced early next year.
Jackson, 45, did not fit the typical profile of a criminal defendant. She worked for as an revenue agent from 1988 to 1995 and then worked as an accountant, at one time landing a state contract to audit day care centers.
But in July 2000, Jackson testified, she began to question whether she had to pay income taxes. By the next year, she decided she was not going to file a tax return.