While there isn’t a man alive who gains pleasure and enjoyment out of seeing a big chunk of his hard-earned money be paid to the government, it is nonetheless part of our legal duty and a pillar in the truthful maxim: “nothing is certain but death and taxes.” When a person or business purposely avoids paying federal taxes, the act of tax evasion – a very serious crime – has been committed. Such allegations can bring painful scrutiny from the Internal Revenue Service and other agencies, so if you stand accused, do not delay in contacting us for help.
The United States Code, Title 26, Section 7201 speaks explicitly about the crime of tax evasion: “Any person who willfully attempts in any manner to evade or defeat any tax imposed by this title or the payment thereof shall, in addition to other penalties provided by law, be guilty of a felony.” In simple terms, if you skirt the payment of your taxes, the IRS will vigorously target you. You are likely to learn of a pending investigation before an arrest for tax evasion is made, and upon gaining this notice, you should immediately hire an attorney who is intimately familiar with tax fraud. If you are ultimately convicted of tax evasion, steep fines ($100,000 for personal or $500,000 for corporations) can be levied, you can be responsible for court costs, and you can go to prison for up to 5 years.
There is no doubt that the federal tax code is complicated – almost to the point of absurdity. Mistakes and miscalculations can easily be made that can land you in a world of trouble. Fortunately, with the backing and legal prowess of McLane, Bednarski & Litt, LLP behind your legal efforts, a strong defense against tax evasion charges can be mounted. Our 60-plus years of combined experience in federal criminal defense and consistent successful results prove our commitment to the best outcome in your case.
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