Tax Fraud and Evasion Attorneys
Knowingly failing to pay your taxes is a federal crime. Making an honest mistake on your taxes is not. Having an attorney who can help highlight the differences between these two is, therefore, a necessity.
Our team of criminal defense attorneys understands the nuanced arguments that arise in tax evasion defense cases, perhaps more so than most other lawyers in Pennsylvania. This is due to each of our lawyer’s past experience working as a prosecutor. The first-hand knowledge of what the prosecution must prove, the arguments it must put forth, and the supporting evidence it must identify is key to developing strong defenses on behalf of our clients.
Two Separate Lawsuits for Any Tax Evasion Charge
Did you know that a tax evasion charge from the IRS can actually bring about two separate lawsuits? First, tax evasion charges will lead you to criminal court, where you will face the potential conviction for federal fraud – a felony. A conviction could result in up to five years in prison and up to $100,000 in fines for individuals and $500,000 fines for corporations.
Additionally, tax evasion charges can also lead you to civil court, where the IRS may pursue a claim for civil tax fraud. A conviction in civil court could lead to expensive civil fines as restitution for defrauding the IRS.
Business and Corporate Tax Evasion
The government never takes kindly to a business’s failure to pay its taxes. The IRS will pursue tax evasion claims in instances where it has reason to believe the corporation has defrauded the government. Common claims involve:
- Multi-level pyramid schemes that involve using employee-paid taxes for corporate purposes
- A corporate executive’s use of company funds for personal purposes
- A corporate accounting firm purposely underreporting its clients’ taxable income
- A sole business owner representing every expense in a calendar year as a business expense
No matter what type of tax fraud claim your company faces, waste no time in seeking the dedicated defense that our Pittsburgh lawyers can provide.