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Criminal Tax Defense

Taxpayers who have been notified by the IRS Criminal Investigation Division that they are under investigation for a criminal tax issue will need an experienced attorney for criminal tax defense. Contrary to popular thought, a criminal tax investigation is not the same as an audit. A criminal investigation is far more serious than a routine IRS audit.

While an audit is simply an examination of your return items in detail, a criminal investigation by a taxing authority means that the authority believes you have deliberately committed a tax crime by: failing to file tax returns, including false information on your tax return, or performing another criminal tax action.

The Risk of Criminal Tax Issues

If the IRS finds you guilty of tax crime, the following consequences may result:

  • Time in prison
  • Loss of professional licenses
  • Loss of the right to bear arms
  • Loss of the right to vote
  • Unemployment
  • Legal resident aliens risk deportation
  • Substantial fines and penalties
  • Back taxes owed


The IRS has a dedicated unit focused on investigating potential violations of the Internal Revenue Code and related financial crimes. Special agents comprise this unit, and these agents conduct exhaustive, in-depth investigations into individuals and organizations to uncover financial crimes, including:

  • Tax fraud
  • Return preparer fraud
  • Excise tax fraud
  • Questionable refunds
  • Abusive use trusts
  • Frivolous filer/non-filer
  • Voluntary disclosures
  • Undisclosed offshore accounts
  • Conspiracy

Why You Need a Criminal Tax Defense Attorney

The IRS Criminal Investigation Division has a high conviction rate relative to other federal law enforcement agencies. Early intervention is essential for criminal tax matters, as an attorney can guide you through each step of the process. The attorneys at Dysart Willis help clients understand how to cooperate with the tax investigation to the extent required by the law while asserting all available defenses.

If criminal tax charges have already been filed, the attorneys at Dysart Willis focus on successfully defending you. With years of experience, our criminal tax lawyers know that developing the best defense requires knowledge, early action, negotiation skills, and a compelling case presented to a jury at trial.

Criminal Tax Defense Cases

At Dysart Willis, we have more than seven years of experience working on criminal tax defense cases for clients. Our team has experience working with IRS agents and revenue officers, and we understand the ins and outs of the process. Our tax attorneys can help you with voluntary disclosures, deferred prosecution agreements, plea agreements, settlement negotiations, and represent you before the IRS, before a grand jury, and at trial. The goal of working with a criminal tax attorney is to mitigate the possibilities of all the consequences, from serving time in jail to having professional licenses withdrawn, before it’s too late.

Contact Dysart Willis Today

If you are an individual taxpayer, prominent individual in your community, business professional, corporate executive, sports professional, or entertainer who is being investigated for a criminal tax crime, we understand the burden of the investigation and the risk it poses to your reputation, career, and finances. Our lawyers are committed to working with you to develop an approach that will defend you and protect your rights. Contact Dysart Willis today to bring an experienced criminal tax lawyer onto your team as quickly as possible.