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Reader Email: I’m A Tax Guy, Greg Bates Is Violating All Sorts Of Laws And Here Is What Turtle Riders Can Do About It

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Last week we asked turtle riders familiar with tax law what could be done legally about North Shore Eats con-artist Greg “Master” Bates, who has been hiding money from the IRS for years in order to keep his wife from collecting child support, extorting local businesses, stealing gift cards, rigging illegal raffles, and much, much more. Here’s an email we received from someone whose credential check out, and whose advice we encourage all turtle riders to act on:

Greetings Turtleboy:

  1. Thanks for delivering refreshingly well-researched news.  Lord knows we need that. 
  2. IRS offers rewards for referring them to people like Greg Bates.

As a 30-year experienced tax professional, it’s very clear to me that all those gift cards constitute taxable income in spite of his self-serving statement that NORTH SHORE EATS is a hobby.

Here’s a link to IRS Form 211, Application for Award for Original Information:

It’s pretty simple to complete.  Let me know if you have any questions.

  1. Sadly, Massachusetts does not offer rewards — however they will happily take your referral at their Tax Fraud Hotline:  800-792-5254.
  2. In my view, he’s liable for at least these taxes – for as long as he’d been doing this:
  • Income taxes (federal and state)
  • Self-employment taxes (15.3% of his net earnings)
  • Possible employment taxes on anyone else (his girlfriend) that worked for or with him
  • Estimated tax, failure to file, and failure to pay penalties plus interest since the taxes were due
  1. I have to think the Attorney General is already on this, but in case they’re not, I’d contact them also:

So yea, if you want to actually see this scumbag go down, please take a couple minutes to contact the IRS and AG. The IRS form is a pain in the ass because you have to print and mail it in, so it’s up to you how badly you want this guy to pay. We did call them and leave a message, and we did fill out the form to the AG. Here’s the summary we put, which you are free to copy and paste:

Greg Bates has been running an unregistered marketing company in which he extorts money from local restaurants and in return gives them positive reviews on his Facebook page North Shore Eats, which has 35,000 followers. He also gives negative reviews about companies who do not pay him, and fails to tell his followers that the restaurants he is recommending are paid advertisers. Additionally he also runs illegal and unregulated raffles, which he admittedly rigs in order to give prizes to himself and his friends. He deals strictly with cash and gift cards, and as a result leaves no money trail. But hundreds of local businesses in the north shore can confirm this. He does this all in order to avoid paying child support, because he owes so much money to his ex-wife and children.

Will it do anything? Who knows. I know Maura Healey is probably busy right now suing Trump for destroying the rain forest, but if we don’t take action then we can’t really complain about them not taking action. Either way, if they get flooded with complaints it will be very hard for them to ignore.

7 Comment(s)
  • My Scroll Finger Is Broken
    June 25, 2018 at 7:35 pm

    It took so long to find the comments at the bottom of 874 slow-loading picture links, that I have to go to bed now. So no time left to contact the IRS. Time for TurtleBoy to realize the lack of comments is due to the crap all over the bottom of his pages. If I didn’t click on an ad the first 17 times, I’m probably not going to click on the same ad the next 3 times either. Clean this shit up!

  • NORTH SHORE Fat Drunk and Stupid EATS
    June 25, 2018 at 6:27 pm

    For 2 gift cards a month plus $150 cash from the register I’ll keep posting and won’t use the C word or the N word or the F word the AK word…. blah blah blah.

  • SnarkyRider
    June 25, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    A true bottom feeder.

  • Shawn Silvia
    June 25, 2018 at 11:04 am

    The MA AG does not go after any real criminals, she only specializes in political points. If the case gets her political points, she’s in.

    • Maura Healey
      June 25, 2018 at 3:09 pm

      I’d be happy to look into this right after I get done filing my next bullshit lawsuit against Trump.

      • Captain Trips
        Captain Trips
        June 25, 2018 at 6:40 pm

        Is that after you munch on the clam salad Maura?

      • Hughbo Mont
        June 26, 2018 at 1:50 pm

        What, you finished creating safe spaces making sure we have trans bathrooms?

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