Category: Tax Fraud

What Prosecutors Must Prove in Tax Evasion Cases

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If a person deliberately avoids paying taxes, he or she can face federal tax evasion charges.  However, just failing to pay taxes does not necessarily mean a person will face jail time or stiff penalties from the IRS.  For these penalties to be assessed, the prosecution must prove to a judge or jury that the… Read more »

What to do if you are Accused of Tax Evasion

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Tax evasion is a criminal offense that can result in severe penalties – even jail time.  If you are accused of committing tax evasion you should not take the charges lightly.  It is essential to take the right actions immediately to put together the best defense as possible.  Take a look at these steps you… Read more »

5 IRS Issues a Tax Attorney Can Help You Resolve

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While you can work with a tax preparer to file your annual taxes, there are situations where you should seek representation from a tax attorney.  Some instances where it can benefit you to hire an attorney include: if you’re facing a tax audit; if you’re being charged with tax fraud; if you have a large… Read more »

Steps to Take if You’re Contacted by a Criminal Tax Investigator

CID

Failing to file a tax return, committing tax evasion or participating in tax fraud are some offenses that can be considered serious crimes under federal law.  If the IRS suspects you have committed a tax crime it will utilize its Criminal Investigation Division (CID) to investigate. A s part of the CID’s process, a Special… 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 for… 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

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

Negligence v Tax Fraud

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 »