CALCRIM No. 2840. Evidence of Uncharged Tax Offense: Failed to File Previous Returns

Judicial Council of California Criminal Jury Instructions (2020 edition)

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D. EVIDENCE
2840.Evidence of Uncharged Tax Offense: Failed to File Previous
Returns
The People presented evidence that the defendant did not file [a] tax
return[s] for [a] year[s] not charged in this case.
You may consider this evidence only if the People have proved by a
preponderance of the evidence that the defendant did not file [a] tax
return[s] for (that/those) year[s]. Proof by a preponderance of the
evidence is a different standard of proof from proof beyond a reasonable
doubt. A fact is proved by a preponderance of the evidence if you
conclude that it is more likely than not that the fact is true.
If the People have not met this burden, you must disregard this evidence
entirely.
If you conclude that the defendant did not file [a] tax return[s] for (that/
those) year[s], you may, but are not required to, consider that evidence
for the limited purpose of deciding whether:
<A. Intent>
[The defendant acted with the intent to <insert specific
intent required to prove the offense alleged> in this
case](./;)
[OR]
<B. Accident or Mistake>
[The defendant’s alleged actions were not the result of mistake or
accident.]
Do not consider this evidence for any other purpose [except for the
limited purpose of <insert other permitted purpose, e.g.,
determining the defendant’s credibility>].
If you conclude that the defendant did not file [a] tax return[s] for (that/
those) year[s], that conclusion is only one factor to consider along with
all the other evidence. It is not sufficient by itself to prove that the
defendant is guilty of <insert charged offense>. The People
must still prove (the/each) (charge/ [and] allegation) beyond a reasonable
doubt.
[Do not conclude from this evidence that the defendant has a bad
character or is disposed to commit crime.]
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BENCH NOTES
Instructional Duty
The court must give this instruction on request when evidence of other offenses has
been introduced under Evidence Code section 1101(b). (Evid. Code, § 1101(b);
People v. Carpenter (1997) 15 Cal.4th 312, 382 [63 Cal.Rptr.2d 1, 935 P.2d 708];
People v. Collie (1981) 30 Cal.3d 43, 63-64 [177 Cal.Rptr. 458, 634 P.2d 534].)
Evidence of the failure of the defendant to file tax returns in previous years may be
admitted as evidence of prior illegal acts tending to show intent or lack of accident
or mistake. (United States v. Fingado (10th Cir. 1991) 934 F.2d 1163, 1165-1166.)
The court must identify for the jury what issue the evidence has been admitted for:
to prove mental state, to prove lack of accident or mistake, or to prove both.
The paragraph that begins with “If you conclude that the defendant did not file” has
been included to prevent jury confusion over the standard of proof. (See People v.
Reliford (2003) 29 Cal.4th 1007, 1012-1013 [130 Cal.Rptr.2d 254, 62 P.3d 601]
[instruction on Evidence Code section 1108 evidence sufficient where it advised jury
that prior offense alone not sufficient to convict; prosecution still required to prove
all elements beyond a reasonable doubt].)
Related Instructions
CALCRIM No. 375, Evidence of Uncharged Offenses to Prove Identity, Intent, or
Common Plan, etc.
AUTHORITY
• Evidence of Prior Uncharged Acts. Evid. Code, § 1101(b).
• Standard of Proof Preponderance of Evidence. People v. Carpenter (1997) 15
Cal.4th 312, 382 [63 Cal.Rptr.2d 1, 935 P.2d 708].
• Previous Failure to File Tax Returns. United States v. Fingado (1991) 934 F.2d
1163, 1165-1166.
RELATED ISSUES
See Bench Notes and Related Issues section in CALCRIM No. 375, Evidence of
Uncharged Offenses of Prove Identity, Intent, or Common Plan, etc.
SECONDARY SOURCES
4 Millman, Sevilla & Tarlow, California Criminal Defense Practice, Ch. 83,
Evidence, § 83.12 (Matthew Bender).
6 Millman, Sevilla & Tarlow, California Criminal Defense Practice, Ch. 140,
Challenges to Crimes, §§ 140.02[5], 140.03 (Matthew Bender).
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