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Federal Tax Crime Defense Attorney

Understanding Federal Tax Crimes: Fraud, Evasion, and Avoidance

The Internal Revenue Service is tasked with ensuring that all citizens and entities file their required tax returns and pay their fair share of taxes based on the current tax code. It also has the ability to investigate a variety of related tax crimes and to seek justice under the law for those who commit a crime. The most common tax crimes are associated with failing to file a return, knowingly falsifying a return and not paying taxes owed.

The IRS generally does not pursue legal action for a minor, one-time offense. If you are in the middle of a tax crime investigation, you may be facing serious legal consequences at the federal level. Both imprisonment and fines are possible punishments for a conviction of tax crimes. With this in mind, it is crucial that you have professional legal representation as early in the investigation process as possible.

Tax Fraud, Evasion and Avoidance

The current tax code provides taxpayers with a variety of options to legally reduce tax liability. For example, there are numerous permitted tax credits and deductions that you can take advantage of to reduce the amount owed each year. Tax avoidance is not a crime when it complies with the established tax code. Tax evasion and fraud, however, are illegal.

When you consider the differences between illegal fraud and legal avoidance, the primary differences lie in the legality of the activity and the intent. If you knowingly tried to avoid paying taxes by circumventing the tax code in some way, you may have committed tax fraud. If you simply made a computational error, this is not fraud because the act was unintentional. Some examples of tax fraud include failing to report cash payments, underreporting your income, falsifying records, falsifying business expenses and more.

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14:16 30 Apr 24
Excellent 10 out of 10, Helped resolve my case. Jeremy explained everything and made everything easy to understand.
21:33 24 Apr 24
If you are looking for a lawyer that listens, is aggressive where needed, and holds his word above all else, Todd is the best pick. I had hired multiple attorneys prior to hiring the Spodek Group for a white collar case. The first thing that stood out to me was the cost, as anyone going through the process and dealing with the system, money was tight at that time - especially after hiring and firing multiple lawyers. The cost was not as high as others which was definitely a plus. Todd's intake process was also unlike other attorneys. He took the time to actually listen. He cared. He was trying to put himself in my shoes while I was explaining the situation to him and he really took the time to understand the whole situation. Other lawyers will give you 15 mins and send you a retainer agreement. Not Todd, I think he spent almost two hours with me as I was explaining everything.Not only was he great during the onboarding process, he was supportive and very informative through the entire plea process and eventually sentencing. After hiring him, I asked if I should hire a prison consultant, he told me to save my money as he would do everything they would. He was right and held up to his word. Later on I would hear from others that went with the prison consultants that they were a waste of money - I am glad I listened to Todd!When it came time for sentencing, two days prior to sentencing, the prosecutor tried increasing my proposed prison time by almost double - apparently a normal move. Todd and his team worked with me non-stop through the weekend prior to sentencing to ensure that I was not given additional prison time. Again, he took the time to listen and came up with a strategy to explain the case with great detail.Unfortunately, I did plead guilty as that was my best option. Todd and his whole team wrote up nearly 300 pages of a summary of what happened and why I should not be given prison time. If I breakdown the amount I spent with Todd versus the amount of work that I saw being done, I am shocked I was not charged four times as much. The other benefit was, a lot of criminal defense lawyers were just a single attorney with a paralegal or two. Todd had a team of people that I dealt with (5-7 people that I interacted with), but he was ALWAYS accessible. It would never take him more than an hour to reply unless he was in court.I was sentenced to prison and I was emotionally distraught. Todd and his team did whatever they could even after sentencing to make sure I was alright. He personally stayed in touch with my family to ensure I was doing alright and offered support to them. Most lawyers would consider the job complete at sentencing, not Todd.After prison, Todd still spent time with me to make sure I was on the right track and avoiding any potential risks in the future. He has also been giving advice on how to navigate probation etc and has not been looking at the clock for billing.Although I wish I had never been arrested in the first place, I am glad I had Todd and his team in my corner. Without them I likely would have had to spend a lot more time in prison than I did.Thank you, Todd, and the entire Spodek Law team, for helping turn what was a nightmare into a manageable situation!
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19:26 19 Apr 24
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18:08 18 Apr 24
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17:48 18 Apr 24
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20:45 15 Mar 24
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16:26 15 Mar 24
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01:37 25 Jan 24
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Tax evasion occurs when you fail to pay taxes owed. This may coincide with failing to file a tax return. Some people file a return and fail to pay the full amount owed, and this can be considered tax evasion as well. Examples of evasion may be destroying records to conceal income, creating false invoices, keeping a second set of books and more.

Penalties for Federal Tax Crimes

The penalties for federal tax crimes vary based on the charges and the severity of the crime. If you fail to file a tax return, you may be punished by up to a year in prison and up to $100,000 in fines for every year in question. If you filed a return that was knowingly fraudulent, you could spend up to three years in prison and face up to $100,000 in fines. Concealing or misrepresenting financial information comes with a five-year sentence and a fine of up to $100,000. Whether you are facing these or other tax crime charges, your tax lawyer can build a solid defense on your behalf.

Defense Strategies for Federal Tax Crimes

If you are convicted of a tax crime, your life can be severely impacted by the punishments and other consequences. By hiring a federal defense lawyer with tax crime experience, you may be able to present a strong case in your defense. There are a variety of defense strategies that a seasoned lawyer may use.

For example, tax fraud involves intentionally filing an inaccurate tax return, but your attorney could argue that it was an innocent mistake rather than an intentional action. This same defense can be applied to tax evasion. Your attorney could show that you were unaware that certain actions were deceptive. Another common argument is stating that no taxes are actually owed. For example, if you failed to report income to the IRS, you may have also failed to report legitimate deductions, expenses and tax credits. Your attorney may show through these factors that you do not have a tax liability.

Request a Legal Consultation with a Tax Crimes Defense Attorney

Dealing with an IRS audit or investigation can be a stressful experience. Making a false move or statement at this stage in the criminal process may implicate you of a crime or may negate the ability to later use some defense strategies in your favor. Because of these factors, you should consult with a tax crimes defense attorney soon to discuss your situation. To schedule a consultation, call the law office today.

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