Jan. 27 2020 08:11 AM

The total of payroll taxes that should have been paid over is $229,552.

A Whitehouse, Texas, business owner has pleaded guilty to federal violations in the Eastern District of Texas, according to the Department of Justice.

Miles Brosang, owner of Brosang’s Landscaping Inc., pleaded guilty Jan. 22 to one criminal count of willful failure to collect or pay over tax. During the third quarter of 2015, Brosang’s Landscaping withheld payroll taxes from its employees’ paychecks, including federal income taxes and Medicare and social security taxes.

The amount of taxes that should have been, and was not, paid over for the third quarter of 2015 is $49,704.47. The total of payroll taxes that should have been, and was not, paid over is $229,552.

“Business owners need to understand the importance of their obligations in the withholding of payroll taxes,” says United States Attorney Joseph D. Brown. “They hold those taxes in trust for the employee and the government and there are criminal penalties for those who divert those funds for other uses.”

A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the U.S. Probation Office.