If the government suspects you of tax wrongdoing, you may be the subject of a civil IRS audit or a criminal tax investigation.
A civil audit may also begin because your tax return was chosen at random for review or because you were reported to the IRS by a disgruntled ex-employee, business competitor or ex-spouse.
Tax audits and criminal tax evasion cases can also arise from failure to report all income or claiming false deductions. Criminal tax cases can also result from tax shelters or other tax issues that the IRS considers an abuse, tax shelter or a scam to evade taxes.
If an IRS auditor suspects personal or corporate tax fraud, they may refer your case to IRS criminal investigators. If you willfully cheated the government of its money by evading taxes, you face criminal prosecution that could result in serious fines and a prison sentence. Tax evasion charges can result in jail time even for a person with no prior criminal convictions. This jail time will be related to the amount of back taxes you were obligated to pay.
If you have unreported income from an offshore account, you may benefit from participating in the offshore voluntary disclosure program, a government program that provides a certain level of amnesty for those with unreported overseas assets. However, it is extremely important that you talk to an experienced criminal tax attorney before you do so.
In far too many cases, a business will learn about a federal tax evasion investigation only when an IRS representative comes to the company office for an interview. Unfortunately, this happens after the IRS has conducted an extensive investigation. Because the IRS criminal investigators are limited in number and have a large caseload, the IRS will not generally pursue a case to the point of sending a criminal investigator to a company's door until extensive investigations and case planning have already been conducted.
Many companies do not realize that they can do a lot to help their tax fraud or tax evasion defense if they obtain counsel from experienced Orlando tax evasion defense lawyers early in the investigative process. If allegations are made, regardless of whether they are well-founded, our attorneys can help you even before indictment or before formal charges are brought against you. U.S. tax laws are unique, with specific rules that allow taxpayers under investigation to have conferences with the IRS and the Justice Department, allowing them the opportunity to present information that could prevent indictment and formal charges.
We have experience representing Florida businesses under investigation for tax evasion and tax fraud. We strive to convince the government to not bring charges. In the cases where we cannot avoid formal tax evasion charges, our early intervention puts us in a position to mount a more prepared and focused defense.
If you have been contacted by the IRS with a request for a meeting, you are doing the right thing by searching for a lawyer to advise you about your rights. IRS agents may seek to entice you to meet with them in an interview that will not be recorded. If this happens, from then on, the investigation and further action on your tax case will be a matter of your word versus the word of the IRS investigator.
Many clients of the Law Offices of Horwitz & Citro, P.A., have come to us after the damage had already been done in interviews with the IRS criminal or civil agents, and their tax cases became more serious than they had anticipated.
Is the IRS agent initiating a civil tax audit, or is he (or she) gathering evidence for potential criminal tax charges? Talk to an Orlando IRS audit lawyer for advice on this and other urgent tax questions.
Call an attorney at the Law Offices of Horwitz & Citro, P.A., at (407) 901-5852 or fill out our online form.
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