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Chicago Federal Tax Evasion Attorney

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An accusation of federal tax evasion can place your life under the microscope of the IRS Criminal Investigative Division (CID). The consequences of a conviction can be devastating, holding the potential to irrevocably alter your livelihood. If IRS CID agents have contacted you or you have reason to believe that you are part of an ongoing investigation, it is time to get Pissetzky & Berliner, LLC involved. Our Chicago federal defense lawyers have an in-depth knowledge of the criminal statutes regulating tax law and can fight tirelessly to protect you from aggressive federal prosecutors.


Charged with a federal crime? Tell us about your case and discover how we can help.


Charges and Penalties for Tax Evasion

Tax evasion is a felony offense occurring when an individual pays less (or nothing) in taxes than is owed. To secure a criminal conviction, federal prosecutors must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a defendant engaged in actions meant to hide assets from the IRS or distort their financial capacity to pay taxes. If convicted, a defendant may face up to five years in prison and be forced to pay substantial fines. Our firm can work to shield you from these punishments. We have gone head-to-head against prosecutors in the most complex federal cases and have come out on top. If you have questions about your specific case, do not hesitate to contact our defense lawyers.

We can assist with cases including:

  • Failure to file a tax return
  • Providing false tax information
  • Hidden or unreported income
  • Conducting transactions under false names

The IRS Wants to Audit Me for Tax Evasion - What Do I Do?

Has the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or another government agency accused you of committing the federal crime of tax evasion? A full tax audit will be the next thing on the agenda, if you haven’t been notified about the commencement of one already. It might feel like your position is indefensible due to the sheer size and strength of the forces against you, but there are steps you can take to help build your defense and hopefully clear your name.

Here’s five steps to remember when you are being audited by the IRS due to suspicion of a tax crime:

  1. Check the fine print: Most people who are audited by the IRS find out through a mailed notification, not necessarily a direct accusation from the agency or a law enforcement official. If you received such a notification, review it carefully to ensure it is linked to a pending criminal investigation for tax fraud or evasion. You might just be one of the people who get randomly audited by the IRS for literally no reason other than bad luck.
  2. Get a lawyer: Did you confirm that you are suspected of committing tax evasion? An audit is not the same as criminal charges being filed against you, but it might as well be since it represents the beginning of the government’s potential case against you. Prepare yourself early by hiring a tax crimes attorney upfront. At the very least, your legal professional can provide counsel, at most, they can act on your behalf in court.
  3. Collect tax records: The IRS claims that it will only look back three tax years during a random audit. However, in unique circumstances, such as a criminal investigation, the IRS will dig back as far as six years. This is how far you should go through your own tax records, collecting copies for study and usage. The goal is to be just as thorough as the IRS.
  4. Be transparent: The worst mistake you can make is trying to hide information from the IRS or lying to an investigator. Even if the audit concludes that your taxes are in order, you’ll be charged with tax evasion all the same for trying to obstruct the audit through deceit.
  5. Don’t say too much: On the other hand, you don’t need to tell IRS auditors everything if you’re uncomfortable or uncertain. Always check with your tax crime attorney to see what should be said and how. Since the audit could turn into a criminal investigation, it is possible that you could inadvertently incriminate yourself.

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While being implicated in a tax evasion or fraud case can be terrifying, you do not have to face the federal government alone. Our Chicago federal criminal defense lawyers can help you to understand the specifics of your case as well as your options for a solid defense. Secure the services of our firm and gain the backing of a former prosecutor and award-winning advocates who have fought cases before the Illinois Supreme Court and Federal Appellate Courts. We are trial-ready attorneys who won’t back down when your future is on the line.

Let us clear your name. Contact our firm today to get started.

OUR CRIMINAL DEFENSE VICTORIES

  • Case Dismissed Case Dismissed After State Refuses to Cooperate
    People v. IP (2014) Mr. IP was arrested for possession of a large amount of a controlled substance after Chicago police executed a search warrant. Arguing that the information in the search warrant was fabricated, Mr. Pissetzky filed a Motion to Produce Informant. Against the odds, the judge granted the motion and ordered the State to produce the informant. When the State failed to do so, the judge dismissed the case.
  • Not Guilty Chicago Criminal Defense Attorney Secures a “Not Guilty” for Possession, Conspiracy, and Intent
    Chicago criminal defense attorney, Gal Pissetzky takes the fight all the way for his clients. Gal was able to secure a “not guilty” on all counts for his client in a case involving possession, conspiracy, and intent to distribute cocaine.
  • Case Overturned Chicago Criminal Defense Lawyer Gets Drug Case Overturned
    Chicago criminal defense attorney Gal Pissetzky takes the fight all the way for his clients, even when the fight involves creating new laws to protect their rights. While defending a day laborer accused of drug trafficking crimes, the prosecutor in the case questioned the man as to how he was able to come up with the $75,000 bail bond. The client was found guilty but Mr. Pissetzky objected to the bail bond reference and the case was overturned on appeal. When it was sent back to trial, Gal Pissetzky negotiated for time served and the client regained his freedom.
  • Not Guilty of All Charges Class X felony Possession with intent to deliver marijuana and cocaine

    Not Guilty of All Charges

    People v. LG – Not Guilty of a Class X felony Possession with intent to deliver marijuana and cocaine. Although the chicago police had a search warrant to search a home where they found large amounts of marijuana and cocaine, as well as an identification card and other proof of residency for LG, the judge found LG NOT GUILTY of all charges.

  • Sentenced Reduced Client Facing 40 Years Gets 4 Months Instead
    Chicago criminal defense attorney Gal Pissetzky argues for a light sentence and wins! Mr. BC was charged with a large drug conspiracy in a federal court case. He was personally responsible for distributing over 200 kilos of marijuana. After intense negotiations with the government and without ever having to become an informant or a snitch, Mr. Pissetzky convinced the judge that Mr. BC should receive a very short sentence of four months, despite the fact that he was facing up to 40 years in prison. The judge agreed with Mr. Pissetzky and sentenced Mr. BC to just four months in jail.
  • Not Guilty on All Counts Cross-Examination by Chicago Criminal Defense Attorney Leads to a “Not Guilty”
    People v. Z. (2009) – Mr. Z. was accused of transporting five kilograms of cocaine in a secret compartment of a car. After a trial in which Gal Pissetzky cross-examined officers from the elite narcotics division of the Chicago Police Department, the judge found Mr. Z. NOT GUILTY of all charges.
  • Federal Judge Imposes Light Sentence Over Government’s Objections Federal Crime
    U.S. v. HJ (2014) Mr. HJ was charged as the leader of a large Chicago drug organization. The government attributed over 26 kilos of cocaine to Mr. HJ, and sought a minimum 15-year-sentence based on his alleged leadership role. After a very contested sentencing hearing, during which Mr. Pissetzky argued that Mr. HJ was not a the leader of the organization and should therefore receive a much lower sentence, the judge agreed with Mr. Pissetzky and told the government it had not met its burden of proof. Although the judge found Mr. HJ responsible for 26 kilograms of cocaine, Mr. Pissetzky convinced the judge to sentence Mr. HJ to only 70 months–nine years less than what the government wanted.
  • Reduced Sentence Federal sentencing on drug conspiracy charges – 18 months for 26 kilos of cocaine without ever cooperating
    (USA v. MM) Mr. MM was charged in Federal Court with drug conspiracy to distribute over 26Kilograms of cocaine. The government used an informant and recorded calls. After long but successful negotiations with the government, Mr. Pissetzky was able to convince the prosecutor to amend the charges so MM won’t be facing the mandatory 10 years to life in prison. The government, however, still sought to send MM away for a long period of incarceration. MM never cooperated or became an informant!!!! Mr. Pissetzky filed a sentencing memorandum. During the federal sentencing hearing, Mr. Pissetzky argued to the Judge for a much reduced sentence. The Judge sentenced MM to a short 18months.
  • Not Guilty Gal Pissetzky Gains Not Guilty Verdict on Tough Drug Case. Defendant Wins!
    (People v. CC) – FINDING OF NOT GUILTY – CC was charge with possession with intent to deliver 175 grams of cocaine, and 4 guns where also found during the search of the apartment he was in. Chicago police had a search warrant to an apartment that they claimed CC was living in with his girlfriend. During the search of the apartment, the police recovered 4 guns, ammunition, 175 grams of cocaine, and a scale. At trial, attorney Pissetzky and one other attorney established through cross-examination that the State could not prove that CC actually lived in the apartment. The judge found CC NOT GUILTY of all charges.
  • Case Dismissed Gal Pissetzky Gets Federal Drug Case Dismissed After Cross Examining DEA Agents.
    Defendant Wins! (USA v LG) – RARE CASE OF NO PROBABLE CAUSE FINDING IN FEDERAL COURT – The DEA arrested LG with his wife and charged them with possession of 2.5 kilograms of cocaine. The government alleged at a preliminary hearing in federal court that LG’s wife was trying to sell the cocaine to an undercover DEA agents. Mr. Pissetzky was representing LG, who was arrested in the undercover DEA car after the wife handed the drugs to the DEA agent. During the hearing, Mr. Pissetzky questioned the DEA agent and established that LG was merely present during the drug deal. The federal magistrate judge found that there was not probable cause to arrest LG and ordered that the case against him be dismissed immediately.

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