Los Angeles Tax Evasion Attorney
Are you under investigation for tax evasion?
Tax evasion is a felony offense that usually involves providing false information on your tax returns and / or failing to file your returns on time. If the IRS (Internal Revenue Service) suspects that you are not fulfilling your tax obligations, they will conduct an investigation and, if they find evidence that you have been avoiding paying your taxes, they will take further action to obtain an indictment. Most often, a person will be charged with tax evasion if it is believed that, as a taxpayer, they have deliberately taken action to misrepresent and / or conceal their financial affairs to authorities. Such means are usually made in order to reduce tax liability and are most often completed by declaring less income than one actually makes, declaring less profits than were actually earned, declaring fewer gains than were truly made or overstating deductions.
A conviction for tax evasion is punishable by:
- Up to 5 years in prison
- Up to $100,000 in fines
- Reimbursement of prosecution fees
Taxpayer Compliance Measurement Program
In the late 1970s and '80s, the IRS began using the Taxpayer Compliance Measurement Program (TCMP) in its attempts to more accurately measure the number of unreported incomes related to the nation's tax gap. However, the extensive auditing process enacted on behalf of TCMP and the IRS was considerably intrusive and ultimately discontinued in the late 1980s. Born as a result was the National Research Program – a less intrusive version of measuring noncompliance. However, this too has its own set of problems. More specifically, the direct audit measures used to assess noncompliance are exacerbated by indirect methods of measurement such as currency ratio models that skew the true results of such measurements. As such, you could be facing accusations based on incorrect findings.
Contacting a Los Angeles Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer
Tax evasion charges can cause considerable stress and worry. Our Los Angeles federal criminal defense attorneys can stand by your side throughout your case and provide qualified legal counsel and confident representation. Tax evasion cases can be extremely complicated because of the many laws that can come into play regarding a person's financial transactions. Attorneys at our firm are knowledgeable in tax laws and can provide aggressive representation in your case. We have many resources and direct access to numerous experts that can be used to build a strong defense and help prove that you are abiding by U.S. tax laws. Whenever possible, our firm will also meet with the IRS before a case against you has been approved for prosecution to dissuade them from filing charges.