TAX CONTROVERSY & LITIGATION
CRIMINAL TAX FRAUD & EVASION
Criminal tax cases are investigated by the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Criminal tax fraud or tax evasion cases can be initiated by CID as a result of a tip from an informant who may be, for example, a disgruntled employee or former spouse. Cases may also be referred to CID by an IRS auditor based on information revealed during a routine IRS audit of a business or individual. Generally, individuals learn that they are being investigated before they are charged or indicted with a crime. Obtaining legal representation early in an investigation allows the taxpayer an opportunity to demonstrate that he or she was not intentionally attempting to defraud the government and to present evidence to explain items that may have led to the allegations or to demonstrate that the government's case is unsupported by the facts.
Tax fraud and tax evasion crimes are serious and can result in significant civil and criminal penalties. In addition, CID investigators and federal prosecutors take tax fraud and tax evasions cases very seriously and aggressively prosecute them. Early intervention into a criminal tax matter by may allow us to assist in reducing or dismissing charges and to negotiate penalties and fines. We work actively with accountants and former IRS employees to present a taxpayer's case to the government in an effort to satisfactory resolve a taxpayer's problems and to minimize the risk of prosecution resulting in savings of time, money and negative publicity. If you have been contacted by the Criminal Investigation Division of the Internal Revenue Service and need representation to protect your rights, contact our office immediately to schedule an appointment with tax attorney John Kachmarsky.
Avoiding Criminal Prosecution by the Internal Revenue Service
All persons or businesses having reportable levels of income should be filing income tax returns. Failure to file income tax returns and failure to report all income are two of the main reasons individuals or businesses are referred to CID. Failing to file returns creates numerous problems in both criminal and civil tax matters. The importance of being current, or being in voluntary compliance, cannot be overstressed. Not being in compliance can subject you to criminal prosecution and derail a civil tax matter whether you are trying to discharge tax debts through the filing of an Offer in Compromise, or by entering into an Installment Agreement.
If you have been contacted by CID, or suspect that you may be, contact us immediately to receive a consultation to discuss your matter.