Jessica Marie Dowker, 39-year-old Kewadin resident and owner of Northshore Dock LLC, may face up to five years in prison and a total payment of about $750,000.
KEWADIN, Mich. — Jessica Marie Dowker, 39-year-old resident of Kewadin, pled guilty to willfully not paying employment taxes, U.S. Attorney Andrew Birge announced Monday.
Payroll taxes are the amount deducted from employee pay stubs for Social Security, Medicare and Unemployment. Employers are required to collect and submit these taxes to the U.S. Treasury on a quarterly basis.
Dowker and her husband own Northshore Dock LLC, a boat ramp and storage facility in Kewadin. The company employed 30 seasonal and full-time workers each year. Until 2013, the business collected and sent their payroll taxes as required, the Department of Justice reports.
From 2013 to 2018, however, Northshore continued to collect the taxes without sending the contributions into the IRS. Dowker was the company’s accountant.