Preparing a tax return is very complicated, especially when you have multiple sources of income. In many cases, people choose to prepare their own returns instead of hiring a professional. When your income includes wages, income from your sole proprietorship, and other sources, it is easy to make mistakes. This is especially true when you are unfamiliar with the tax code and profit and loss presentation techniques.
Every day, Californians are faced with decisions that fall within gray areas. Is it okay to accept money under certain circumstances? Is it alright to give benefits to friends? Will you get in trouble for failing to report certain acts? These are all very important questions, and going one way or the other could mean the difference between a good business or personal decision and facing criminal allegations.
Californians know that taxes can be complicated. If you own a business, then you may find the process of withholding and paying taxes confusing and daunting. However, if you make a mistake with regards to your taxes, you could wind up facing serious criminal allegations. Then, if you do not put forth a strong criminal defense, serious penalties, including prison time, could befall you. Therefore, it is important to know what types of tax activities are considered illegal and how you can defend against any allegations of criminal wrong-doing.
With April 15 is quickly approaching, federal investigators will be carefully reviewing federal tax filings for the possibility of fraud. The actual incidents of tax fraud in the U.S. are small. When it does occur, federal authorities take the crime seriously. California residents facing charges for white-collar crimes, such as tax fraud, might find the following article on a series of recent arrests for federal tax fraud activity informative.
The term "white collar crime" is used to describe a non-violent crime involving some sort of financial transaction committed. White collar crimes can include a whole host of fraudulent activities committed by business or government employees, including tax fraud, ponzi schemes and embezzlement. Many see those suspected of white collar crimes as greedy corporate and banking executives, which is why the public is so adamant about securing a conviction. However, this perception is not always accurate.