For many people in America, April 15th is the most dreaded day of the year—the day that you must file your
federal income tax return with the Internal Revenue Service. Whether you
get a refund or whether you owe money, recent trends show an increase
in the amount of scrutiny that the IRS applies to returns, as well as
a resulting increase in criminal
tax fraud prosecutions in federal court.
The IRS has a Criminal Investigation Division (CID) that separately investigates
individual and corporate tax payers, as well as tax preparers, who are
suspected of committing tax fraud and other
white collar crimes associated with income taxes.
Among the red flags that CID looks for in an investigation are:
- Failure to file a return
- A discrepancy between 1099’s and reported income
- Fictitious deductions
- Failure to report income
Federal criminal charges related to tax fraud are extremely serious and
can result in a prison term of up to 5 years on each count. Like many
other federal white collar crimes, the length of a prison sentence, if
convicted can be based upon:
- Amount of financial loss
- The use of sophisticated means
- Whether the defendant directed or supervised others in the commission of
In addition to tax fraud charges, IRS-CID can recommend additional charges
to the United States Attorney’s Office for prosecution.
They typically include:
- Mail fraud – for any fraudulent tax return that is mailed to the
IRS via the United States Postal Service
- Wire fraud – for any fraudulent tax return that is electronically
filed with the IRS.
Once again, a conviction for any of these offenses carries up to
5 years in federal prison.
Our Firm Can Help
With more than
20 years of experience in representing clients charged in federal court with tax fraud and other
white collar crimes, we have the background and the know-how to successfully
mount a defense against these charges. The time to hire a Phoenix white
collar crime attorney who is skilled in this area of law is the minute
you know that you are under investigation. Often times, we are able to
intervene and put the brakes on a criminal investigation that can be damaging
to our clients’ reputations and lives.
If you are facing tax fraud or IRS issues,
contact the Law Office of Jason D. Lamm for the legal advocacy you need—(602) 663-9100!