WAILUKU - A trial was rescheduled to April 13 for a Kahului tax preparer who was arrested on a bench warrant last month after failing to show up for a court hearing.
James A. Ericson has pleaded not guilty to charges that he failed to file annual general excise tax returns for 2002 to 2005. He has requested a jury trial.
Second Circuit Judge Richard Bissen issued a $2,000 bench warrant for Ericson after he failed to appear for a Dec. 3 hearing. He was arrested Jan. 26 and posted the bail before appearing in court Tuesday, when his trial was reset.
Ericson, who is representing himself, is an accountant and tax preparer known as "The Tax Guy."
In separate tax cases, two other Maui men were charged with failing to file general excise tax returns, according to the state Department of Taxation.
John R. Dunning was ordered to pay court fees and a $12,000 fine after being found guilty in December of failing to file his general excise and transient accommodations tax returns for rental income from 2001 to 2005.
Lars Holberg-Olsen is charged with failing to file general excise returns for 2002 to 2006. His case is pending.
Willful failure to file a return is a misdemeanor violation that carries a fine of up to $25,000 per violation, a one-year jail term or probation.