IRS seeks back taxes from embattled vet

The embattled Chester County veterinarian whose medical license has been suspended pending the outcome of a trial on animal cruelty charges is now in trouble with the IRS.

In a federal complaint filed July 7, the U.S. Justice Department asked the U.S. District Court to secure $489,418 in back taxes owed by Thomas Stevenson, operator of Twin Valley Veterinary Clinic in Honey Brook.

The complaint says Stevenson failed to pay federal income taxes between 1994 and 1999 and that his son "acquired his purported interest" in Stevenson's house "for the purpose of assisting Tom Stevenson to evade his federal income tax liabilities." 

The federal government asks the court to compel Stevenson to sell the house in Elverson to pay the debt.

Stevenson's 28-year-old son Joshua Stevenson of Moscow, Idaho, is named in the complaint.

Stevenson also was named in a consumer fraud lawsuit in New Jersey involving a couple that purchased a sick dog from CC Pets, a Lancaster County kennel that used Stevenson's services. That case was settled last week. Terms were not made public.

In March Stevenson was charged with animal cruelty in Lancaster County for allegedly cutting off the tail of a puppy without anesthesia. A pre-trial hearing in the cruelty case is scheduled for Oct. 14 in the Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas.