Fighting tax fraud and tax evasion charges
Nearly every person in the United States fears the significant assessments and penalties that a return with mistakes or underpayment of federal taxes can provoke. However, while these types of civil penalties can be difficult to resolve, they bear no resemblance to the criminal consequences that certain tax crimes can bring. When the IRS believes that a tax violation is serious and willful, it may refer the case to the Department of Justice to be prosecuted as a criminal offense. As is the case with many federal criminal cases, the penalties can be severe. Therefore, if you are being investigated or prosecuted for IRS violations, a federal tax crimes lawyer from Alliant Law Group, LLC may be an indispensable ally.
Types of federal tax crimes
The federal tax code is exceedingly complex, and myriad violations can generate criminal liability. However, federal criminal defense lawyers often classify federal tax crimes into several broad groups:
- Tax evasion — Tax evasion is any willful and intentional act designed to illegally reduce tax liability or avoid having tax assessed or collected. It can include providing false income figures to the IRS, concealing or misrepresenting the source of income, failing to report income and similar conduct. Tax evasion carries a potential criminal sentence of up to five years in prison and a fine of $100,000 for an individual or $500,000 for a corporation.
- Tax fraud — Willfully making false statements on a tax return, removing or concealing property, or withholding, falsifying, concealing or destroying records, among other types of fraudulent conduct, carry potential penalties of up to three years in prison and fines of $100,000 for individuals and $500,000 for corporations.
- Failure to file a return or to pay taxes due — The willful failure to file a required tax return, provide required information or pay taxes that are due is a misdemeanor carrying a potential sentence of up to one year in prison and a fine of $25,000 for individuals or $100,000 for corporations.
Like most cases white collar lawyers typically handle, tax evasion, tax fraud and other types of tax prosecutions are extremely technical and information intensive. Moreover, the prosecutor must be able to show that the accused acted willfully and not simply with negligence. This frequently gives a federal tax crimes lawyer many options for composing an effective defense.
Defend yourself from aggressive tax prosecution
People frequently underestimate the seriousness of tax crimes. However, these IRS violations are in most cases felonies, and even those that are misdemeanors still pose the threat of large fines and potential incarceration. Therefore, if your tax case has been referred to the Department of Justice for criminal prosecution, our attorneys at Alliant Law Group, LLC can help you defend your property and freedom. Please contact Managing Partner Daniel Conidi for a free consultation at Dconidi@alliantlaw.us.