Tampa Tax Fraud Defense Attorney
IRS Audits and Investigations
There are many
types of tax crimes and they are commonly detected in an
IRS tax audit. Tax examiners are trained to look for and take note of indicators of
fraudulent activity by a taxpayer. These signs are called "badges
of fraud" and include items such as excessive dealing in cash, destroying
records, failure to maintain adequate records, not cooperating with tax
examiners or other IRS personnel, hiding assets, filling a false return
and many more.
When a tax examiner finds you have been guilty of improper activity, the
normal action is to assess you a civil penalty, such as 75% of the additional
tax that the IRS says you owe. Your case may, however, be referred to
IRS's Criminal Investigation Division (CID). In most cases, you will
not be informed that you are being investigated until the IRS is ready
to bring charges. If you are found guilty of a tax crime, you may be imprisoned
for a period of many years and face fines into the hundreds of thousands
Attorney Brian Loughrin, from our firm, is a dedicated
Tampa IRS tax relief lawyer with over 15 years of experience in using hard-hitting defenses to protect
taxpayers from tax fraud investigations and charges. There are, in many
instances, methods by which tax fraud can be defended and/or the proposed
penalties lessened. But it is essential that Brian get to work on your
case as early as possible, preferably when you first suspect you may be
in tax trouble.
Tax Fraud Defense
The government must prove that your actions were done willfully. This can
be very difficult to establish and can be the weak link in the case against
you. It is, therefore, a primary point that we work to attack while striving
to prove that your actions were not with the intent to defraud.
In nearly all cases, the best defense comes very early on in your tax situation.
Most CID investigations originate with referrals from tax examiners and
if our office can represent you from the start, we work tirelessly to
reduce the chances that an examiner will see anything that would cause
them to want to investigate further.
Contact a Tampa tax fraud defense attorney
to learn how to prevent and defend tax fraud charges by the IRS.