Protecting Your Rights In Criminal Tax Cases
Failure to File Tax Returns – Filing False Tax Returns – Tax Evasion
The Criminal Investigation Division of the Internal Revenue Service investigates potential criminal violations of the Internal Revenue Code and related financial crimes. As a former U.S. Department of Justice Tax Division Attorney, Amanda Cruser prosecuted cases that were investigated by the Criminal Investigation Division. The most commonly prosecuted tax crimes include failure to file tax returns, filing false tax returns and tax evasion. Individuals convicted of criminal tax offenses may face substantial prison sentences, fines, civil taxes and penalties. Criminal tax offenses are defined in Title 26, Sections 7201 through 7217 of the Federal Criminal Code.
Cases investigated by the Criminal Investigation Division of the Internal Revenue Service must be approved by the U.S. Department of Justice Tax Division before they can be prosecuted by a U.S. Attorney’s Office. If you are under investigation, your attorney will have an opportunity to have a conference with a Tax Division Attorney for the purpose of convincing the Tax Division that your case should not be prosecuted.
Reducing Or Eliminating Penalties and Consequences
You should seek representation immediately if you believe that you are under criminal investigation. If you are concerned about possible criminal prosecution and are not under criminal investigation, you may be able to avoid criminal prosecution by participating in the IRS Voluntary Disclosure Program. Taxpayers who have not filed tax returns are eligible for this program. The IRS will require that a delinquent taxpayer who makes a voluntary disclosure to file six years of back tax returns, unless there are indications that more returns should be filed. Although an IRS voluntary disclosure does not automatically guarantee immunity from prosecution, as a matter of practice, the IRS does not pursue criminal charges against a taxpayer who meets the program’s requirements. A voluntary disclosure occurs when a taxpayer timely, truthfully, completely and voluntarily notifies the IRS about an inaccurate tax return or other document filed with the IRS prior to the IRS initiating a civil examination or a criminal investigation.
Tax Fraud Alerts: Many scams offer “expertise” or solutions that will help you get rick quickly or that will exempt you from taxes, mortgage repayment or other expenses. But, instead of the magical solutions they claim to offer, they cost you your savings and can lead to serious criminal consequences.
Abusive Return Preparers: Not every tax return preparer has your best interests at heart. While many are fabulous individuals focused on helping their clients, some file false returns and commit fraud for which you, the filer, are ultimately responsible.
Fighting For Your Best Interests
Our goal is to resolve your tax situation by providing the best representation possible. Contact Amanda Cruser today for a free initial consultation by calling 303-986-5769. You can also reach us by email.