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 of dollars.

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.