Many people are caught off-guard when they learn they are contacted by a taxing authority. If you are being investigated for a tax crime such as tax evasion or tax fraud, the chances are that the IRS has been building a case against you for some time. Before talking to anybody, it is critical that you speak to an experienced tax crime defense lawyer first.
Both federal and state taxing authorities will use extensive resources to try and trap you, your family or associates into making statements that can be used against you. If you live in Connecticut and have been served with an IRS summons, approached by IRS Criminal Investigation Special Agents or been served with a warrant to search your home or business, you need to contact a skilled tax crime defense lawyer as soon as possible.
The lawyers at Jacobs & Dow have been protecting the rights of people in Connecticut for more than 60 years. To schedule a confidential appointment with one of our lawyers, call us at 203-772-3100. You can also reach us online.
Tax Filing Mistakes Are Frequently Confused With Tax Fraud
At the New Haven, Connecticut, law firm of Jacobs & Dow, our lawyers know that many innocent people are accused of federal and state tax crimes every year. People are often unaware that their filings are inaccurate until they are faced with criminal charges. Frequently, these people face tax fraud charges after making mistakes in their original tax filings.
The consequences of being convicted of tax evasion and tax fraud are severe. Frequently, people will face fines that are double or triple the amount of the original offense. At Jacobs & Dow, we do not take this lightly. Our lawyers will comb through the evidence to determine whether any mistakes were made in tax filings and to uncover who was responsible. We will dig deep into your case and look for any evidence of misconduct on the part of government agents.
What Is the Difference Between Tax Fraud and Tax Evasion?
The two most common types of federal tax crimes are tax fraud and tax evasion. The differences between the two are spelled out below.
Tax fraud: Tax fraud involves submitting falsified documents to the government in an attempt to avoid paying taxes. In addition to facing substantial fines, individuals convicted of tax fraud face a maximum prison term of three years for each offense. Even with an accountant, mistakes are still easy to make. What the IRS thinks is tax fraud is often a filing error. Our attorneys will work to uncover the truth.
Tax evasion: Tax evasion concerns the willful nonpayment of taxes. It is a felony offense punishable by up to five years in prison. Tax evasion is different from a failure to file returns.
Other tax crimes include:
- Failure to withhold taxes
- Failure to make estimated tax payments
- Underreporting income
- Concealing assets
- Dealing in cash
- Failure to keep adequate income records
At Jacobs & Dow, We Work to Protect Your Freedom and Your Reputation
Whether you are being audited or facing a grand jury indictment, the tax crime defense lawyers at Jacobs & Dow can help. We appreciate the sensitive nature of the allegations against you. All of your meetings with our attorneys are confidential, and we will work to protect you from media scrutiny.
We offer flexible hours to accommodate you. To get help or learn more about our criminal tax defense practice, call us at 203-772-3100 or contact us by completing our online form.