Resolving Criminal Tax Issues

When your interests must be safeguarded during a criminal investigation by the IRS, you should speak with the law firm that offers years of experience, aggressive advocacy and client commitment that consistently gets results — Frost & Associates, Attorneys at Law.Based in the Washington, D.C. area and led by our founder, Glen Frost (Tax Attorney, CPA, CFP® and LLM in taxation), we assist clients throughout the world.

Throughout all stages of dealing with the IRS, attorney Frost's primary concern is to protect clients from exposure to criminal prosecution. Criminal cases typically begin by a referral made from a civil unit within the IRS to the Criminal Investigation Division of the Internal Revenue Service. Civil IRS agents are trained to refer cases to the special agents within the IRS, when clear indications of fraud are present. Because each civil agent's opinion on what constitutes fraud is different, it is critical that counsel address this issue early and take the necessary precautions to protect the client's interest.

If you are being audited, and the tax returns you filed contain either substantial understatements of income or overstatements of deductions, you should end all discussions with your accountant and seek the advice of legal counsel. This is referred to frequently as an "egg shell audit" situation. The "accountant-client privilege" does not extend to criminal investigations, so your accountant could be compelled to tell the IRS everything you have told him or her. Moreover, the accountant could be forced to testify as to these same facts during grand jury indictment or at trial. The government cannot compel the testimony of confidential communications between an attorney and client "attorney-client privilege" during any proceeding.

Contact us for a free initial consultation with our full-service tax law firm if you suspect that you have become the focus of a criminal investigation. Call 202-618-1873 to reach our Washington, D.C.-based law office.

Every Tax Problem Has A Solution — Frost & Associates Can Help

As your lawyer, Glen Frost (Tax Attorney, CPA, CFP® and LLM in taxation) uses in-depth investigation and skilled negotiation to protect your rights in IRS criminal tax allegations such as:

  • Tax evasion
  • Tax fraud — the filing of a false return
  • Failure to file a tax return
  • Failure to collect employment taxes
  • Failure to pay over collected taxes to the IRS
  • Submitting false documents
  • False statements to investigators
  • Perjury under oath
  • Obstruction of justice
  • Conspiracy or aiding and abetting tax violations
  • Money laundering

A criminal investigation of your tax standing may have begun if revenue agents who have been auditing your tax return disappear; if revenue officers who were once aggressive stop calling; or if you or someone associated with you is approached by an IRS special agent.

If you are contacted by an IRS special agent, you should communicate your unwillingness to answer questions and that you are seeking legal counsel. At this point, it is likely that the IRS knows more than you may think. It is crucial that you are not put disconcerted during an IRS criminal investigation, as the implications could severely hinder your case.

An IRS criminal investigation is a massive intrusion into a person's life. If handled improperly, it could lead to an extended period of incarceration and result in a number of negative financial and social repercussions. Glen Frost (Tax Attorney, CPA, CFP® and LLM in taxation)'s goal while representing your interests is to minimize this impact and allow you to resume a normal life.

Act now to preserve your freedoms and future by contacting us for a free initial consultation.