It is probably fair to say that for as long as there have been tax laws, there have been means and methods sought and developed to try to mitigate the liability they impose. As Washington, D.C., readers of this blog likely know, there are ways to go about protecting oneself. There are also illegal ways, which may result in tax crime charges.
Many working Americans would agree that there is nothing better than cold, hard cash. For businesses owners who choose to pay employees in cash, however, there can be tax problems related to dealing in cash. Likewise, being paid in cash can also result in unmet tax obligations for employees that can land them in hot water with the IRS.
The minute the Internal Revenue Service begins to take an undue interest in a person's financial matters, it is time to consult with an attorney experienced in any and all the aspects of tax law. The potential for severe penalties in the event of a trial and conviction are such that anyone in the Washington, D.C., region should be ready to take assertive action early to protect their interests.
There's a song that offers up the line, "Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone." This can be a dilemma that many who face criminal tax charges in the Washington, D.C., area may face if they're convicted. It can become especially obvious if a person has never been convicted of any crime previously and winds up going to prison.