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Category: Tax Fraud

Understanding the Voluntary Disclosure Policy of the IRS

Why you are still criminally liable for non-compliance even if the IRS hasn’t noticed for years It is not uncommon to see a client with a heavy heart walk into your office as a tax defense attorney. In most cases, such clients have not been remitting their taxes to Uncle Sam and they want to… Read more »

What is Tax Preparer Fraud?

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  Tax preparer fraud involves illegal conduct by a tax preparer and can take many different forms: The tax preparer may direct your refund to their bank account instead of yours. The tax preparer may not be qualified to prepare your return. Your refund may be fraudulently inflated to get your business or earn commissions… Read more »

What Are the Penalties for Tax Fraud?

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The IRS can assess several different types of penalties for tax fraud, including the following: Civil tax fraud penalty Fraudulent failure to file penalty Criminal penalty for filing a fraudulent return Criminal tax evasion Willful failure to pay estimated taxes Trust fund recovery penalty Penalty for willful failure to file Foreign Bank Account Reports (FBARs)… Read more »

How the IRS Proves You Have Committed Tax Fraud:

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Methods of Proof of Tax Fraud When the IRS decides to pursue a criminal tax investigation into a taxpayer, it is typically because they believe said taxpayer has committed some sort of tax fraud. Usually that is underreporting of income, overstating their deductions, or not reporting certain income at all.  In order for the IRS… Read more »

Negligence Versus Tax Fraud: How the IRS Tells the Difference

What is the Difference Between Negligence and Tax Fraud? The American taxpayer’s fear of the IRS is very similar to our fear of the dentist: irrational and rooted in nothing more than making mountains out of molehills. (most of the time). What do I mean by this? Well think about it.  Think back to the… Read more »

What To Do If I Have Filed False Tax Returns?

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Filing a False Tax Return Filing a tax return with deliberate falsification carries stiff IRS penalties. The tax agency does not take kindly or lightly to fraud; therefore, if you are accused of filing false tax returns, take your situation seriously. The long-term and short-term ramifications of falsifying income tax returns could be severe.

So You Cheated On Your Tax Returns

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Good News! Cheating On Your Tax Returns Is Very Common So you finally cheated on your tax returns and you are now confused? Well, the good news is, you are not the only one. In fact, cheating on tax returns is very common. There are millions of people who get away with it while a… Read more »

What Is The Difference Between Civil And Criminal Tax Fraud?

How Civil Tax Fraud Differs From Criminal Tax Fraud Like so many other financial and property crime, the taxpayer’s conduct is usually the biggest difference between civil tax fraud and criminal tax fraud. If Susan bounces a check to the grocery store, the merchant will most likely forget the matter if Susan makes restitution, including… Read more »

How The IRS Proves Tax Evasion, Even With No Records?

Proving Tax Fraud is Possible Without Records The IRS files thousands of tax fraud cases a year, making it the most commonly-charged offense in the Tax Code. In many of these cases, the taxpayer’s records are incomplete.  In many other cases, the taxpayer has no records whatsoever. Everybody knows that if the government has no evidence,… Read more »

Failure to File Penalties Explained

Overview of IRS Failure-to-file Civil Penalties Criminal tax evasion cases are difficult to establish in court, because there are so many moving parts and the burden of proof is so high. Much like the case against Mr. Capone, the criminal prosecution may only be Round One, because the IRS still has tools available to get… Read more »