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Tax Fraud Lawyers

Tax Fraud Lawyers


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.

George FernandezGeorge Fernandez
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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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 (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.

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