Federal Tax Crimes Defense Lawyers
Handling a range of tax-related offenses in federal criminal court
No one enjoys paying taxes, and some individuals turn to deceptive practices to avoid or limit tax liability. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), however, takes all forms of tax fraud very seriously and, in some situations, will pursue criminal charges against you if authorities believe you attempted to defraud the IRS in some way. Tax offenses carry potentially serious penalties, including costly fines and prison sentences. For this reason, it is imperative to contact a highly experienced federal criminal defense attorney as soon as you believe you may be under investigation for a tax crime.
Our attorneys, Felice Duffy and Paul Thomas, have the skill and understanding of the federal justice system necessary to successfully defend against tax-related charges. Please call Duffy Law, LLC for a free consultation at 203-946-2000 today.
Defending individuals accused of tax evasion
You can be suspected and accused of criminal tax offenses for many actions, most of which involve an attempt to evade paying rightfully owed taxes. Some of the following are some examples of alleged acts at issue in tax crime cases:
- Failing to disclose or underreporting income
- Overestimating or falsifying deductions, unreimbursed business expenses, or other costs
- Wrongfully taking undeserved tax credits
- Not properly collecting employment taxes
- Failing to comply with employer withholding guidelines
- Issuing false tax forms to employees
- Using false identifying information such as a social security number on tax forms
- Failing to file an annual tax return
Convictions for certain tax offense convictions can mean up to a $250,000 fine for you in addition to restitution to the IRS, which may include interest and penalties. In addition to the monetary expense of a conviction, you may be placed on federal probation or, with more extensive tax fraud allegations, you may be sentenced to up to five years in federal prison for each criminal count.
Protecting the rights of tax preparers facing criminal allegations
In certain cases, a professional tax preparer can be held responsible for facilitating or engaging in fraud against the IRS. Tax professionals who intentionally prepare and/or file tax returns with false information or material omissions can be prosecuted for separate offenses. Preparing and filing a false tax return can mean a fine of $250,000 and up to three years in federal prison.
Consult with an experienced Connecticut federal tax offenses lawyer as soon as possible
As you can see, tax offenses can result in severe penalties and the loss of your ability to engage in your profession. Fortunately, there are many ways to defend against this type of charge to avoid wrongful conviction. Tax investigations are often extensive and result in a large amount of evidence gathered for the prosecution. Throughout an investigation, it is important to have an attorney representing you who can protect your rights and ensure you do not unintentionally say anything potentially that may be incriminating.
Connecticut attorney Felice Duffy is a former federal prosecutor and attorney Paul Thomas is a former federal defender. They blend their extensive experience with federal cases to bring a unique 360-degree approach to the criminal defense of every one of their clients. Please call Duffy Law, LLC today at 203-946-2000 for a free consultation.