A criminal audit can happen when the civil auditor believes that there is reasonable evidence that there was fraud committed on tax returns from the past. If you are already under civil audit, you should have some concerns that you could have your case referred over for criminal auditing. That being said, we want to review the warning signs that a criminal audit may be just around the corner.
If you are suddenly having trouble reaching out to a revenue agent, this may be a warning sign that a criminal audit is about to take place. When they have made the choice to refer your case over to the criminal devision they often get very quiet on their front. They do not want to interfere with what is going on between yourself and the criminal side of the IRS auditing system. Therefore, you might find that they suddenly go mum on your before you are told that you are under criminal audit.
Any official paperwork such as a summons to appear in court is obviously a bad sign as well. The court may be about to inform you that you are under criminal audit or even that charges have been brought in your case by the government. You will definitely not be in a good mood about the situation at that point as it becomes clear that you are under criminal audit.
An IRS agent with a badge may approach you and read you something like your Miranda Rights. If you experience this you should immediately demand an attorney and remain silent through any questioning. There is nothing that you can say in one of these situations that will make things work out any better for you. The best that you can do is continue to assert your rights and wait until you are able to have an attorney assigned to your case.
These are a few of the ways that you might realize that something has moved from being a civil matter to something more serious. The IRS does not really mess around when it comes to criminal cases. They want every taxpayer to know that there is that possibility that they could be the next one under criminal audit. As long as you file your taxes properly and pay what you are supposed to pay, then this should not be an issue. However, there are some who fail to do so on a regular basis and end up in a world of hurt.
The bottom line is that if you believe that you might be under criminal audit then the odds are that you already are. It is hard to mistake the warning signs of a criminal audit with the IRS. They tend to be pretty clear that they are coming for you. Ignore those warning signs at your own risk if you choose. It is probably best to just take heed of them and try to avoid making some of the same mistakes as you already have going forward.
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