Pennsylvania Tax Evasion Lawyers
Of all of Al Capone’s crimes, tax evasion is what ultimately put him in prison. The IRS relentlessly pursues tax crimes of all kinds, even minor ones. If you live in Pennsylvania and have been accused of this crime, your first step should be to get an experienced criminal defense lawyer who has experience in tax evasion.
What Is Tax Evasion?
Tax evasion is a crime in which people take purposeful action to avoid paying their full share of taxes. You may be charged by the IRS, the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue, or both.
There are several ways that a person may be charged with this crime. Some people conspire to avoid taxes, but the case is often more complicated than that. Most people will take every deduction and tax shelter possible, but this can lead to an investigation and charges if tax agencies decide you were too generous. In addition, a math error that reduces your taxes may been seen as an intentional act. Last, failure to claim income or assets, even if you simply forgot to do so, can lead to a charge of tax fraud.
Most people do not realize they have made a mistake until they get a letter from the IRS or the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue. This is followed quickly by an audit, an investigation, depositions, and at times a court trial. What you say and hand over throughout this process will affect the case against you. It is important to have a lawyer by your side throughout the process.
Penalties for Tax Evasion
The penalties for tax evasion can be severe. Federal tax evasion is a felony. People convicted of this offense must pay back all unremitted taxes with interest and late fees. They also may be imprisoned for up to five years and fined up to $250,000. In addition, the government may seize assets that they believe were bought with the money from illegal enterprise or proceeds from tax evasion.
There are additional penalties if you are charged by the state of Pennsylvania. The defendant may be found guilty of a misdemeanor and can be sentenced to pay a fine of no more than $1,000 plus the costs of prosecution. The defendant may also be imprisoned for up to three years. This may be in addition to the fine or in place of the fine, or both.
IRS prosecutors argue for maximum penalties on almost every case. There will be no leniency. The only way to escape these consequences is to have an aggressive lawyer who will defend your innocence and pursue your best interests.
The Defense You Need and Deserve
It is important to mount the most powerful possible defense against these serious and life-changing allegations. An experienced lawyer can argue that you did not realize that you were paying too little taxes and that the evasion is actually a simple error. In addition, they can argue that the investigators did not respect your Constitutional rights when they collected evidence, which can lead to evidence being thrown out. Last, our team has forensic accountants that can show what really happened when you filed taxes and offer a reasonable doubt to the charges.
There are several ways to fight a tax evasion charge. However, all of them require experience in the field of tax law. The IRS will have a team of lawyers and experts on their side. You do not have a good chance of successfully fighting them alone.
If you or a loved one in Pennsylvania has received that fateful letter from a tax agency, contact our offices today. Our free consultation is your first step in defending your freedom and your financial stability from these charges.