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 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.
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Throughout all stages of dealing with the IRS, our tax lawyers’ 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 IRS. 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.
Our tax lawyers 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. Our tax lawyers’ goal while representing your interests is to minimize this impact and allow you to resume a normal life.
Contact us or call (202) 618-1873 for a free initial consultation if you suspect that you have become the focus of a criminal investigation.