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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.


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