Iowa dentist must pay fines, interest in tax case

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court says a dentist convicted of evading taxes must pay them back with penalties and interest.

The court ruled Friday that a judge should have included those costs in a restitution order for former Waverly dentist Marc Hagen.

The judge says he did not believe he had the authority to order the payment of civil penalties and interest to the Iowa Department of Revenue in a criminal case. Instead, he only required Hagen to pay back the amount of unpaid taxes, roughly $10,000.

The ruling sends the case back to a lower court to calculate the penalties and interest. As of last year, they totaled more than $10,000.

Hagen admitted that he did not pay file Iowa tax returns or pay income taxes between 2006 and 2009.

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