A Well-Known Tax Fraud Defense Attorney Available For Your Federal Case
Federal tax fraud statutes define tax fraud as follows:
- Tax evasion (26 USC §7201)
- Failure to collect or pay taxes (26 USC §7202)
- Failure to supply information or pay taxes (26 USC §7203 (failure to file a return),
- Failure to supply correct information; giving false statements (26 USC § 7206)
- Attempting to interfere with the administration of IRS laws (26 USC §7212)
With 18 years of experience handling a range of complex federal cases, attorney Ann Fitz is well qualified to defend you in any federal tax crime case. She has practiced federal criminal defense in several states. She is adept at devising personalized defense strategies. Her peers and clients alike respect her hard work and effectiveness in federal criminal defense practice. She evaluates each case carefully to arrive at the most effective approach.
Examples Of Tax Fraud
Individuals, companies and tax preparers may be the targets of investigations for alleged fraudulent schemes such as the following:
- Underreporting or hiding personal or business income
- Overstating tax deductions
- Using a set of fraudulent account records to hide income
- Making false entries in financial records
- Claiming personal expenses as business expenses
- Claiming false deductions
- Obfuscating assets or income
The federal government may indict tax preparers for tax fraud when it can trace a tax identification number (TIN) to a fraudulent return. Tax preparers may find themselves in this situation if their company markets itself on obtaining high refunds for their customers by manipulating numbers. The company’s reward is a kickback from the refund. The IRS has also charged tax preparers with fraud for preparing false tax returns to collect refunds for people who do not exist.
About Tax Evasion And Failure To File Tax Returns
Tax evasion occurs when there is a willful attempt to defeat or evade payment of taxes. Examples of willful conduct include keeping a double set of books, making false entries or alterations, or false invoices or documents, destruction of books or records, and the concealment of assets or covering up sources of income.
There must be a tax deficiency for the government to charge tax evasion, and there must be an affirmative act constitution an evasion or attempted evasion of the tax due. The statutory maximum sentence for tax evasion is five years.
The willful failure to file a tax return is a misdemeanor.
Get An Experienced Advocate On Your Side
The Law Office of Ann Fitz is a source of solid defense in tax fraud cases involving individuals, small business owners, CPAs and other tax professionals. Ms. Fitz regularly consults with forensic accountants to help develop viable theories of defense to serious tax fraud charges.