In part because of the slow economy and diminished government revenues, there has been an increase in criminal prosecution of federal and Minnesota tax fraud cases, targeting both corporations and individuals.
Many don't realize that prosecutors and IRS special investigators have greater latitude in tax fraud cases than they have in other white collar crime cases. And they move with exceptional aggressiveness, showing up in numbers at your home or place of business. It is unwise of you to answer IRS investigators' questions yourself. The moment agents show up at your door, call a tax fraud lawyer you trust.
Tax cases generally turn on one of these offenses:
- Not reporting income
- Underreporting income
- Not filing a tax return
- Illegal offshore accounts
- Failure to withhold employee taxes
- Excessive or fraudulent deductions
- Depreciating the value of assets
- Payroll tax violations
Penalties for IRS tax fraud, or in aiding and abetting another person to commit tax fraud, may involve forfeiture of property and time behind bars. These penalties can be abated under certain circumstances. Actual prosecution is by the U.S. Department of Justice, not the IRS itself.
Minneapolis tax fraud defense attorney Bruce Rivers is experienced in every kind of tax fraud, tax evasion, payroll tax fraud and questionable offshore investments. His familiarity with IRS procedures is your best protection against being steamrollered. He is also skilled at responding to criminal charges involving Minnesota taxes.
When you need energetic, effective tax crime defense, Bruce Rivers can help. Call him at 612-915-0355 to schedule a no-charge, no-obligation case evaluation.