Avoiding Criminal Tax Charges ..and Prison
Facing criminal tax charges would surely be a horrific nightmare
for anyone so unfortunate to be so accused. Just the mere
allegation and subsequent investigation can have very damaging
emotional, financial, and reputation effects even where the wrongly
accused is later found innocent.
If you or your CPA, EA, tax preparer, or bookkeeper merely even
suspect that you might be subject to a criminal or civil tax fraud
investigation you would be very wise to immediately consult with an
experienced criminal tax attorney. Proper criminal tax defense representation is indispensable in helping you mitigate the potentially
devastating consequences surrounding a criminal tax investigation
or alleged charges of tax fraud, tax evasion, embezzlement, or
failing to file tax returns.
Decisions that you take during the course of a tax audit can
rapidly transform a simple examination into a full blown CID
criminal tax investigation. Lying or being evasive, intentionally
delaying, being rude and non-respectful, nervous body language, and
sweating profusely, can all be interpreted as indicia of tax fraud
during a civil examination.
These indicia, or more commonly referred to in the profession as
"Badges of Tax Fraud", are covertly and mentally tallied by civil
tax examiners in determining whether to make a referral to the
Criminal Investigation Division of the IRS or in a decision to
access a civil fraud penalty.