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Tax Evasion Charges
In most tax audits, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is only interested in getting paid the taxes owed, plus interest and a few other penalties. However, if during the tax audit, the IRS suspects that you have may have committed tax fraud, they can impose a civil tax fraud penalty. The civil tax fraud penalty is equal to 75% of the total tax owed, plus any interest on that penalty.
Even worse is that the IRS tax auditor may ask a specialist to look into your case to see if it should be sent to the IRS Criminal Investigation unit for a tax evasion prosecution. If you are at any point of this sequence, you need a defense lawyer who can help you stand up for your rights. Your freedoms could be at stake, and it is in your best interest to retain competent legal counsel. Our firm is here to help you in your time of need. We are tenacious and dogged in fighting for our clients’ freedom.
Tax Evasion Defense Lawyer
People often ask “what is the difference between tax evasion and making a simple mistake?” Basically, tax fraud, or tax evasion, involves an intentional wrongdoing. Simple carelessness does not mean you are evading taxes. The IRS decides whether tax fraud has been committed by looking for certain markers of tax evasion. These indicators include:
- Falsifying income
- Keeping inadequate records
- Failing to file tax returns
- Inconsistent explanations
- Concealing your assets
- Failing to cooperate with the tax authorities
- Engaging in illegal activities
- Dealing only in cash
- Failing to make tax payments
If you have any of these tax related problems and you are being audited by the IRS, consult a defense lawyer. The actions you take during the course of a tax audit can turn a small tax issue into a large tax evasion suit. For example, lying or giving evasive answers to the questions that the IRS investigators ask, using tactics to delay the audit, and any other actions that are designed to mislead IRS agents are, to the IRS, signs of tax evasion. Don’t do anything further until you’ve consulted a defense attorney who can show you your rights in the matter.
An experienced tax evasion lawyer can help you navigate the specifics of an IRS tax audit, and can build a solid defense strategy. When and whether or not to answer questions from the IRS, or whether you should stand on your 5th Amendment rights are questions that only a tax fraud attorney can answer for you. If you even suspect that you may be subject to a criminal or civil tax evasion penalty, contact us for a free consult. We will help you find the best course of action for your scenario.
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The firm of Jaffe, Hanle, Whisonant, & Knight focuses on defending clients who have been accused of criminal charges. Call us if you are accused of tax evasion in Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, or Columbiana.