Criminal Tax Matters

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Criminal Tax Matters

In stark contrast to civil tax fraud, criminal tax fraud is much more serious and can result in the taxpayer going to jail. A criminal tax charge raises the stakes to include liberty and personal freedom and also may cause collateral consequences such as loss of professional licenses, employment, the right to vote, and the right to bear arms.

Civil Tax Matters vs. Criminal Tax Matters

Civil tax matters and criminal tax matters are held to different standards of proof by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The principal difference is that criminal tax matters typically involve fraud or willfulness.

Criminal Tax Issues

The lawyers at Dysart Willis are equipped to handle the following criminal tax matters:

  • Tax evasion
  • Willful failure to file a tax return
  • Willful failure to collect or pay over withholding tax
  • Aiding and abetting tax fraud
  • Preparing false returns
  • False withholding statements
  • Failure to properly file, withhold, or remit payroll withholdings to the proper taxing authority
  • Tax structuring crimes
  • Conspiracy to impede or defeat the collection of tax.

Criminal Tax Cases

Criminal tax issues can start with a simple knock on your front door from IRS or NCDOR special agents. Few individuals know that whatever is said to IRS agents can be used in resolving tax investigations. Even if you have seemingly legitimate excuses for your tax fraud, such as a sinking business, major debt, messy business records, influence from peers, or the distraction of a sick family member, these are not defenses to a criminal tax charge.

If you are contacted by an IRS special agent in person, by phone, or by letter, the best thing you can do is say that you are not ready to speak to him or her. The next thing you should do is contact an experienced criminal tax attorney.

Why You Need an Attorney for Your Criminal Tax Issue

Whether a tax crime is charged against you as a taxpayer or as a business partner or corporate officer, an attorney can seek to resolve your case before it is referred to the Department of Justice. Even after a referral has occurred, a criminal tax issue attorney can assist with your defense and negotiate a plea agreement.

Contact Dysart Willis Today for a Consultation

If you suspect that you may become subject to a criminal tax investigation or you are under investigation, it is recommended that you consult with an experienced criminal tax attorney as soon as possible. Don’t wait—criminal tax defense representation is indispensable in avoiding consequences that could devastate your finances, reputation, and more. Whether you have been accused of tax fraud, tax evasion, embezzlement, or failing to file tax returns, you can contact Dysart Willis today for a free consultation with one of our experienced tax attorneys today.