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Los Angeles Tax Evasion Lawyers

Tax evasion is a serious federal crime. In the majority of cases, the IRS has one goal: getting the taxes you owe, along with penalties and interest. You might also have to deal with a penalty for late filing or negligence. But if there is a suspicion that you have willfully committed tax fraud or evaded taxes, you might be given a tax fraud penalty. You will need to pay everything you owe, plus an additional 75 percent of that sum, plus interest on that 75 percent.

In the most serious cases, you might be referred to a criminal investigation unit to see whether criminal charges can be levied against you. Criminal prosecution is determined by a referral specialist who typically isn’t a lawyer. But they will be experienced in cases of tax fraud. If they need help with the case, they will talk to the fraud lawyers employed by the IRS itself.

There are a variety of tax crimes that a person can commit. Tax evasion is a broad term. To be accused of evading taxes, a person must have:

  • Failed to report all of the income they received in the year
  • Taken false tax deductions that they were not actually qualified for

Penalties for tax evasion at a criminal level can be serious. You might spend a maximum of five years in prison and have to pay fines of 500,000 dollars. In addition, you have to pay out of pocket for the cost it takes to prosecute every single tax crime.

After the criminal case has been concluded, the criminal investigation division of the IRS will send the ruling back to the Examination sector. These experts will look at the judgment and assess how much you owe in taxes. You will also need to pay the penalty for civil tax fraud, and you’ll need to pay whatever fines you’re given for criminal fraud.

If a tax bill occurs because you commit criminal or civil fraud, you can’t declare bankruptcy to get out of it. That’s a difference from some other tax cases. At the same time, you can discharge the penalty for civil fraud if you file for a certain type of bankruptcy.

Many people are afraid of being brought up on criminal charges because of making accidental mistakes on their tax returns. But in order to be charged with tax evasion, the government needs to prove that you were willfully evading your taxes. You need to have known that you needed to pay more, and to have consciously chosen to take another way out instead.

In other words, unless you committed the wrongdoing on purpose, you don’t need to worry about criminal charges. At least, in theory. If you do think that you might be in danger of criminal penalties from the IRS, it’s important to talk to a tax evasion lawyer as soon as possible. They can assess your case and help you understand your legal and financial options going forward.

Carelessness is not enough to prove that a person has acted in a criminal manner. Instead, the IRS will build their case by looking for red flags that indicate willful tax fraud. Cases will include evidence such as:

  • Understating your income on your federal return
  • Keeping inadequate records of your expenses and income
  • Failing to file your tax return
  • Explaining your behavior with inconsistent or false explanations
  • Concealing assets instead of declaring them on your return
  • Purposefully failing to work with IRS agents
  • Doing illegal acts and/or attempting to conceal illegal acts
  • Having frequent cash dealings that go undeclared
  • Failing to make quarterly estimated tax payments as the year goes on

It is possible to do some of these things without realizing you’ve done something wrong. Maybe you miss the tax deadline by accident. Maybe you don’t know that you should be making quarterly payments. Maybe you don’t realize you need to declare a certain type of unexpected income for the year. Maybe you’re terrible at organizing and don’t have good paper or electronic records of your finances.

Having done one or more of these things doesn’t necessarily mean that you will be charged with tax evasion. But if you have done several of these, you’ll want to talk to a tax lawyer. This is the best way to avoid getting into potential hot water. Your lawyer can help you figure out how to approach the situation and minimize both criminal and civil penalties as you do so.

It’s important not to lie to IRS investigators or to engage in suspicious activity if you’re audited. If you do this, you’re more likely to have your case moved from civil to criminal penalties.


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