Tax evasion and tax fraud are federal crimes that may lead to tax penalties and a felony record if a defendant is convicted. Owing the government taxes is not a position that anyone is wants to be in. It places you on the radar of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) which may conduct lengthy and exhaustive investigations into alleged attempts at avoiding tax payment. If the IRS considers that you have willfully attempted or avoided paying taxes, it may move forward with the U.S. Attorney’s Office to press federal tax fraud charges. As an attorney who has been working in this field for more than two decades, I understand just how serious tax evasion charges may be. I recommend that you move as quickly as possible to at least discuss the matter with a competent lawyer such as myself to determine what to do.
Many people find out that they are under investigation by the IRS before formal charges are filed. If you have been contacted by a federal agent or have discovered that you or your company is the subject of a tax fraud investigation, act quickly to involve an attorney. You will need an aggressive advocate to limit the investigation against you and help you avoid an indictment in the first place.
Employment Tax Crimes
According to the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS), there are a multitude of tax evasion schemes related to employment taxes. One of the most common forms of employment tax evasion is referred to as pyramiding. In the United States, employers are obligated to remove tax payment form their employee’s wages. Some employers do this but failed to remit any of the payment back to the IRS. If discovered, companies and individuals convicted of pyramiding may be subject to incarceration and fines.
In other schemes, employers pay their workers in cash. By paying employees in cash, businesses avoid keeping financial records and never remit payment back to the IRS for income taxes. In the end, this form of tax evasion keeps workers from obtaining future social security and Medicare benefits. If you or your business has been charged with any form of tax evasion, contact my firm today to see what a high-quality defense attorney can do for your case.
Accused of tax evasion or tax fraud?
Following are some examples of actions that may be considered tax fraud or evasion, when these are carried out intentionally and willfully:
- Claiming fake deductions or dependents
- Underreporting income
- Overstating deductions
- Transferring or hiding assets and property
- Using offshore accounts to hide money
- Falsifying records
- Falsifying tax returns
- Failing to file a return
- Failing to pay taxes owed to the IRS
- Failing to include all income
Sometimes an unsuspecting individual or business owner may find that he or she is facing tax evasion or tax fraud charges in conjunction with unintentional misrepresentation. No matter the circumstances of your tax evasion charges, you need an aggressive attorney to protect your interests and concerns.