Accusations of white collar crime can have serious repercussions in virtually every area of your life, including your career. If you are under investigation for failing to pay your taxes or misrepresentation on your tax return, this could lead to federal tax fraud charges. It is in your interests to take your situation seriously and begin exploring options for building a strong defense strategy.
Tax fraud includes a range of actions done with the intent of limiting tax liability. Tax evasion, which is a type of fraud, is the intentional action of avoiding paying taxes completely. Conviction of tax fraud could result in time behind bars, but it may also bring penalties and consequences that can include expensive fines, loss of your reputation, loss of your career and much more. In your defense against tax fraud charges, you are fighting for much more than simply avoiding incarceration.
What counts as tax fraud?
Tax fraud includes any action done in order to deliberately leave out or misrepresent information on your tax return. If you give false information or intentionally leave out information, it is a violation of federal law. When there is a suspicion of tax fraud, the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation unit will investigate the individual taxpayer or organization. The IRS considers any of the following to be signs of possible tax fraud:
- Misrepresentation of affairs in order to falsely claim tax deductions or credits
- Intentional failure to pay tax debts
- Purposeful failure to file tax returns
- Preparation and filing a false return
- Deliberate failure to report all income
Both individuals and California businesses may face accusations of tax fraud. In order to successfully convict someone of tax fraud, the federal government must have proof of intent to misrepresent or limit liability. Tax avoidance, unintentional errors on your tax returns or accidental reporting do not constitute tax fraud.
How can you protect yourself?
Protecting your future interests is crucial when facing tax fraud charges. Whether you are under investigation or already facing charges, it is in your interests to take immediate action to explore the specific defense options available to you. The optimal way to confront white collar criminal charges depends on the details of your individual situation, such as your criminal history and the specific evidence brought by the prosecution.