Berkeley, CA: Tax Fraud Attorney
Berkeley, CA residents, unfortunately, have recently found themselves the to be the subject of the Northern District of California U.S. Attorney's tax prosecutions. In particular, seven East Bay residents recently found out that trying to defraud the federal government out of money can not only be an expensive scheme, but they found out how much it can completely change your life – and not for the better. These California residents found that filing fraudulent federal income tax returns, using fake W-2 forms and illegally obtaining personal information and forging victim’s signatures on forms, along with other illegal activity may get them up to 10 years in prison and fines of $250,000 if convicted of tax fraud charges.
What exactly is tax fraud?
While tax fraud is a general term that means failing to pay taxes that are due on income received, failing to file a tax return or intentionally providing false information to the IRS to lower or avoid taxes. It can hold a punishment in both civil (money) and criminal (prison time and money) penalties. If a business or an individual is convicted of tax fraud, the penalties can be disastrous.
Often a civil tax audit will trigger a referral for criminal investigation. Then the civil audit may continue parallel to a criminal tax investigation and the taxpayer may not even be made aware of it. This is called an Egg Shell Audit. Obviously navigating the investigation becomes more difficult as often the documentation required for the civil audit will likely lead to admissible evidence in a criminal investigation.
If you have found yourself under investigation, in the situation of knowing there are errors on your tax returns, or that you have failed to file your tax returns and need confidential advice, it is best to contact a knowledgeable criminal tax attorney. Only a criminal tax attorney can provide you with confidential legal advice regarding potential case strategies and recommendations as to how to proceed before the IRS, the Justice Department, U.S. Attorney's Office and California State Taxing Authorities.
Our experienced criminal tax attorneys are here to help. If you would like a consultation or professional advice regarding your course of action, please contact our law firm through the use of our contact form or phone us at (888) 829-3325 for a confidential consultation.
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