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The Spodek Law Group is one of the most successful law firms in the USA. Our success comes from the fact we are attentive to details, and take a very pragmatic approach to each and every single case. Our clients turn to us for realistic advice – so they can make the appropriate decisions they need to make personally. Our goal is to make sure your case ends in a positive outcome, not only personally – but for your family as well.

 



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Any individual can be a target of the IRS. The majority of people charged with federal tax fraud are otherwise law abiding citizens. You may want to know what the difference is between tax fraud and a simple mistake.   In general, tax fraud or tax evasion involves an intentional wrongdoing. Simple carelessness does not constitute tax fraud. Nevertheless, the IRS is the one who decides whether tax fraud has been committed.  They do this by searching for “badges” of tax fraud.

In the event that the IRS places you under criminal investigation for tax fraud, you are at risk of being federally prosecuted by the United States Department of Justice.  The DOJ attorneys have a 90% conviction rate and usually mandate prison sentences for tax offenders.

Tax Fraud: Defined

A simple, working definition of tax fraud is an action perpetrated or attempted that is in violation of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) for the purpose of enabling the taxpayer to evade his or her full tax liabilities. Fraud takes place when the taxpayer acts intentionally, or “willfully,” to deceive government agents or ignore tax laws. This stands in contrast to tax errors that arise from carelessness, or negligence. That said, even if no fraud has occurred, negligent conduct can still end up in serious penalties.  Under such threat, strict tax compliance is a must.

The term “tax fraud” is frequently used to indicate tax evasion.  This is a specific offense defined by federal law at 26 U.S. Code § 7201. Under the legal definition provided, a person commits tax evasion when they “willfully attempts in any manner to evade or defeat any tax imposed by this title or the payment thereof,” like income taxes.

How Does the IRS Find Fraud Cases?

When the IRS, or one of its corresponding state agencies, such as the California Franchise Tax Board, detects suspicious information on a tax return, or determines that one or more of a taxpayer’s returns have not been filed in a timely fashion, this can trigger an audit.  The audit may turn up signs of any tax fraud that has occurred. The IRS trains its agents to be able to spot numerous “badges”, or indicators, of tax fraud.  If any badges are detected, this may result in referral of the case to the IRS’ Criminal Investigation Division (IRS-CI).

Dozens of badges of fraud can be used to bring a case against a taxpayer. A complete list of these badges can be viewed in Internal Revenue Manual (IRM) 25.1.2 (Recognizing and Developing Fraud), specifically 25.1.2.3 (Indicators of Fraud). A few of the badges that will warn the IRS of potential tax fraud include:

  • “Claiming substantial business expense deductions for personal expenditures.”
  • “Omitting entire sources of income.”
  • “Concealing bank accounts… and other property,” regardless of whether physically located offshore or within the United States.
  • “Failure to make full disclosure of relevant facts to the [taxpayer’s] accountant, attorney or return preparer” (such as failing to acknowledge the existence of a foreign bank account).
  • “Failing to file a tax return, especially for a period of several years, despite evidence of… substantial amounts of taxable income.”

Different Types of IRS Tax Fraud

The IRS can come after you for the following violations of the Tax Code:

  • Understating Your Income
  • Records Which are Inadequate
  • Failure to File a Tax Return
  • Explanations of Behavior that are Implausible/Inconsistent
  • Concealment of Your Assets
  • Your Failure to Cooperate with Tax Authorities
  • Participating in Illegal Activities
  • Trying to Conceal Illegal Activities
  • Operating on a Cash Basis
  • Failure to Make Your Estimated Tax Payments.

Enlist the Services of an Experienced Tax Fraud Attorney to Go Up Against the IRS

If you are facing any of these tax troubles, and you get audited by the IRS, you need to contact a tax fraud attorney. Any actions you take during the course of an audit can turn a normal tax controversy into a full blown tax fraud case. For example, if you lie or give evasive answers to IRS investigators, use delay tactics, or try any other actions that are designed to mislead IRS agents, these can be indications of tax fraud.

What Penalties are there for Tax Evasion?

The crime of tax evasion is a felony offense. Pursuant to federal law, the maximum prison term for a conviction on tax evasion charges is five years for each count. This may be accompanied by a fine of up to $100,000.  If the defendant is a corporation, the maximum fine is $500,000.

Note that tax evasion is merely one example of a offense under the broader “tax fraud” umbrella. For instance, to willfully fail to collect or pay over tax is also a felony according to 26 U.S. Code § 7202).  This is known as “payroll tax fraud.” The maximum prison sentence for this crime is five years, with a maximum fine of $10,000.

Willful failure to file a return, supply information, or pay taxes is yet another example of tax fraud. This violates 26 U.S. Code § 7203. This statute makes this offense a misdemeanor.  It is subject to a maximum fine of $25,000 ($100,000 for corporations) and a possible jail sentence of one year.

 

One other statute frequently violated is 26 U.S. Code § 7206.  This pertains to fraud and false statements pursuant to 26 U.S. Code § 7206(1).  It is a crime to willfully make and subscribe a false return.  The law in 26 U.S. Code § 7206(2) makes it illegal to help a taxpayer to do so. Both of these crimes are felonies.  They carry maximum fines of $100,000 ($500,000 for corporations) and/or maximum sentences of three years behind bars per count.

These are all different forms of tax fraud that constitute intentional efforts to avoid properly filing and paying your taxes.

 


Charle Butler
Charle Butler
2021-03-12
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!
Mesonista parsons
Mesonista parsons
2021-03-05
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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