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If there is a problem with your federal taxes, you could find yourself in hot water with the IRS. It’s important to hire a tax attorney to help you with situations involving tax litigation, whether you’re dealing with federal entities like the IRS or local municipalities. A strong legal team will help you review your options and advocate for you to avoid major civil or criminal penalties.

Tax litigation is an unusual area of practice because it is so widespread. You might deal with tax issues in local court, state court, or federal court. All of these courts have different rules and regulations, and it can be overwhelming to try to navigate. Just knowing what paperwork to file with what agency is often too much for the average taxpayer. That’s part of why hiring a tax attorney gives you such a solid advantage.

The US Department of Justice and IRS have a significant conviction rate when they initiate criminal tax proceedings. More than 92 percent of the defendants are convicted. This is because the government does not issue criminal charges unless they are very confident they have evidence to convict. The prosecutors are experienced in these cases and know how to make a case that’s difficult for a defense to refute.

Another thing that makes the conviction rate so high is the resources at the agency’s disposal. They can spend ample money surveilling you and tracking your records. They might also do an interview in which they pretend to be on your side. Whatever you say during that interview will be used as evidence against you later. If you make any misstep, you’ll be penalized for lying to a federal agent, even if you thought you were giving accurate information at the time.

When you are contacted by a criminal investigator from the IRS, you should talk to a lawyer immediately. Never do an interview without your attorney present. And be aware that contact from a criminal investigator is significantly more serious than they may make it sound, even if they haven’t yet filed charges against you.

It takes a long time to defend a criminal tax case. After a criminal case is over, the IRS will open a civil case instead. The civil case has a much higher chance of success if the IRS gets a criminal conviction, and they usually do.

If you have the chance, the best move you can make is to get the matter resolved before charges are officially filed. There is a period of time between when the IRS begins investigating and when they believe they have enough evidence to press charges. Your lawyer may be able to intervene. You should never try to intervene yourself, though, as this is likely to just get you into deeper trouble.

When you talk to IRS investigators, you have to be aware that they are not trying to resolve the issue. They are not working in your favor. All they are doing is gathering evidence to use against you. Most IRS investigations don’t result in criminal proceedings, so for you to be the subject of a criminal investigation, the level of tax evasion must be serious.

The trial and investigation process both go through distinct phases. Attorneys can help with the unique challenges of all of them. They’re familiar with handling the prosecution during things like:

  • Handing over records for an administrative audit
  • Testifying before a grand jury
  • Negotiating to get a reduced sentence
  • Being taken through a criminal trial
  • Being sentenced to a certain amount in fines or damages
  • Being sentenced to criminal penalties like jail time
  • Appealing sentences and decisions made during the audit, investigation, or trial process

Even if you haven’t been charged with a criminal violation, a lawyer is a key advocate during the civil tax litigation process. They are your best hope of reducing your penalties and preventing your owed taxes from piling up further.

Criminal investigations are conducted by Special Agents with the IRS. They are legally allowed to lie to you about their intentions and your role in an investigation. If they contact you, it’s possible that they’re looking for information about a different target. But they might also tell you that in order to make you trust them. Any contact from a special agent is a sign that you need to talk to your lawyer.

That’s the case even when you’re convinced that the special agent doesn’t mean you any harm. They have special training to help them manipulate and confuse people. At the same time, they use every single thing you say to create a mountain of evidence against you. A special agent is aware that when they first contact you, that might be the only chance they get to speak with you. You have to tell them right away that you need to consult with your attorney, as anything else you say can be used against you.

Whatever your tax litigation issue, hiring a lawyer is the best way to protect yourself.


Charle Butler
Charle Butler
2021-03-12
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I was hesitant to hire the Spodek Law Group. I read reviews and knew they have a great reputation. However, I thought I would spend money and not see or speak to my attorney. From the beginning to end of my case Todd and the entire staff were available and willing to help. We worked towards and end result that was way above my expectation and Todd delivered. I am forever grateful for patience and long days and night spent working on my case. Thanks Todd and the entire team!
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Mesonista parsons
2021-03-05
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My attorney at Spodek was Abigail. She was very knowledgeable and helpful with all my questions and concerns, as well as responsive. Her fees are affordable and Abigail took the time to make sure I understood everything relating to my case. I highly recommend Abigail and will request her services in the future.
debabrata chakraborty
debabrata chakraborty
2021-03-03
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Todd A Spodek is the experienced and best criminal lawyer at USA. He is very professional and always respond on time. Alex also very cooperative and always help me. They took care me and my problem like family member. I am 100% satisfied for their professional service. My result was unexpected and amazing. They dismissed my case. I am really grateful to them. I will recommend you to go there if you want to solve your problem. I wish all the best for them.
Asata Hendricks
Asata Hendricks
2021-03-02
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Truly appreciate the work the guys did!. Exceptional team & I know they care about each and everyone of their clients. I am super thankful to be referred to Spodek Law Group and I am grateful Todd & Alex were able to work diligently to achieve an outcome I am pleased with. Despite COVID they stayed on top of things and kept me informed every step of the way. Very thankful.
Mike Moroff
Mike Moroff
2021-02-26
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I'm very satisfied with the services rendered by Todd, Alex and Mary Lou. I whole heartedly recommend Spodek Law Group . I've worked with and have retained other attorneys in the past with Todd's firm being the cream of the crop for many reasons. A very serious legal matter was resolved after a year's hard work and effort. Todd expertly guided me through the process and was able to navigate and make the good journey bearable as well as successful. Mary Lou initially provided excellent assistance before referring my case to Todd. Alex's support was effective and timely. The customer portal (MyCase) is an invaluable communication tool that also kept track of my case. Various aspects of my case were explained and there were several options provided but I made the final decision of how the case would be handled. The legal fee was reasonable considering the effort and amount of work plus it was a flat fee regardless of the length of time required to conclude my case. Todd made himself available to me and we had many scheduled meetings to go over the progress and to discuss the next steps. I felt more confident after many discussions with him. You will not go wrong choosing Spodek Law Group for legal matters.
Josh Katz
Josh Katz
2021-02-24
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Being that it was the first time that I was in need of an attorney, I was afraid and hesitant and knew I needed the absolute best. It is beyond understood why Spodek Law Group has a reputation of being the top, if not the best law firm in New York. Alex and Abigail were there every step of the way even at the most unconvenient hours. I could not have asked for more. They are extremely good at what they do and they delivered much much more than just winning my case. A big thank you to Alex and Abigail for all the guidance and counseling and their upmost loyal support that extended far more than just legally. If you need the absolute best than don't hesitate to hire Spodek Law Firm.
L.C.
L.C.
2021-02-24
Verified
I cannot tell you how thankful I am to Todd and Alex for their hard work and dedication to my case. I had never been in any trouble before but I had an unfortunate event occur and in the midst of COVID-19 at that therefore I knew I needed a team that was dedicated to my success. Today- my case has been finalized and I’m walking away with no record and can continue life as a mother and a Grad student worry free. I cannot express enough gratitude for their assistance.
AnnMarie Soliman
AnnMarie Soliman
2021-02-23
Verified
I received a summons and called Spodek law group for a free consultation. Alex took my call and was very quick and responsive. He was available anytime through multiple platforms and very reassuring when needed. They are extremely organized and thorough. They got my case dismissed! I’m very grateful. Thank you Alex and Todd!

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