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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 »

You’re Being Accused of Tax Evasion. Now What?

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

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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 »

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 »

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 »