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 should follow if you’re facing tax evasion charges.
Key Insights We Will Discuss:
- Why you need to take tax evasion charges seriously
- Why you need a tax attorney to help with your case vs. a tax preparer
- Why you need to be careful with what information you provide to the IRS
- How paying your tax debt can help your case
If you are notified that you’re being charged with tax fraud by the IRS, you need to take the accusation seriously and act fast to prepare your defense. According to the IRS, tax fraud includes the purposeful attempt to evade taxes or filing requirements. These charges can result in severe penalties, including a felony for filing a fraudulent return or providing false financial details to avoid paying taxes. You can also face lesser misdemeanor charges for not filing taxes or for not keeping sufficient records. It is critical to hire a tax attorney as soon as you are notified in order to prepare your defense.
Hire a Tax Attorney – Not a Tax Preparer
When building your defense against tax evasion charges, you might consider talking to your tax preparer about your returns and financial information. However, this can have negative consequences. A tax preparer does not typically have accountant-client privileges, meaning the IRS could call on them to testify against you. Instead, you should work with a tax attorney, who does have the attorney-client privilege and cannot be compelled to use the information you provide against you.
Be Careful When Providing Information to the IRS
It is crucial to have your attorney present during any discussions with the IRS and to consult him or her before providing any information to the federal agency. Providing false information to the IRS or making false statements can make their case against you stronger. A tax attorney can help you navigate these interactions and requests while ensuring that you do not incriminate yourself.
Consider Paying Your Owed Taxes
To improve your case, your tax attorney may recommend paying any taxes that are assessed. Being proactive in making these payments can demonstrate to the IRS that you want to make amends. If you are found innocent after the investigation into the tax fraud charges, and you owe less than what you paid, you will receive a refund from the IRS.
Contact an Attorney
If you are charges with tax evasion, call Ayar Law at 800.571.7175 to receive free, no-obligation advice from a tax attorney.
- Tax fraud charges need to be taken seriously, as they can result in severe penalties
- Hire a tax attorney to represent you during the investigation
- Paying off your tax debt can help show the IRS that you are serious about making amends
- Contact Ayar Law to get free, no-obligation legal advice about your tax issue at 800.571.7175