Budget cuts and a significant drop in Special Agents that investigate criminal tax crimes has led the IRS to use Artificial Intelligence (AI) to uncover criminal tax activities. In a recent webcast hosted by the American Bar Association, the IRS revealed that research and investigative techniques that used to take weeks or months may now be accomplished in minutes with technology the IRS is rolling out to detect taxpayer noncompliance.
With Tuesday’s convictions in the criminal trial of President Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III, has garnered five guilty pleas and 32 indicted individuals still pending. In addition, yesterday’s guilty plea in the S.D.N.Y., by Michael Cohen, the president’s former lawyer and self-styled fixer, admitting to making payments to two women who allegedly had affairs with President Trump in violation of campaign finance laws at the direction of the President along with other charges, demonstrate that our system of justice is working as it should.
A humorous television commercial that ran years ago featured a man for whom the day had gone very badly. One thing after another went wrong for him; at the end, his young son came to him and said, "Telephone for you, Daddy! What does it mean, IRS?"
Even people with no banking experience and no personal experience with the Swiss banking system are generally aware of the reputation of that system when it comes to providing a way to hide money. The federal government is also well aware of this reputation, and has taken measures to make it less attractive to people seeking to avoid paying taxes. A recent news story suggests that despite these countermeasures, some people are still using Swiss banks as a tax shelter of dubious legality.
Now that tax season is over, you may be worried about getting audited. Common mistakes, such as math errors, and red flags, such as filing a return as "self-employed," make it more likely that you will be audited. Still, the IRS understands that the tax code is complicated and that people make mistakes. As a result, the IRS distinguishes mistake or negligence from tax fraud, as discussed in an earlier post.
Most Union County taxpayers have no reason to fear a federal IRS tax fraud charge. The reason is that less than one percent of taxpayers are the subject of allegations of tax fraud that result in a conviction in any given year. But tax fraud does happen. In fact, 75 percent of income tax fraud charges are made against individual taxpayers.
Each year, taxpayers in Union County and throughout New Jersey file income tax returns that they prepared themselves or had an accountant or tax professional prepare for them. According to the federal IRS, about 17 percent of taxpayers will not comply with the tax laws, but failing to comply with the tax code might not necessarily lead to FBI or state investigations for tax fraud.
The federal penalties for failing to pay taxes are severe. Tax evasion is a felony under the U.S.Code, and conviction can lead to a sentence of up to five years and a fine of up to $100,000 for an individual (five times that amount for a business).To add insult to injury, the government can also tack on the costs connected with trying the case in court.
Allegations of tax fraud are very serious and it can be difficult to develop a criminal defense. Ultimately, you may find yourself faced with a prison sentence or heavy fine, not to mention the damage to your professional career and reputation.
FBI and state investigations of tax fraud or involvement from the IRS could mean that you will have tax fraud charges or other felony charges filed against you for which you will need to attend a hearing or go to court. It is important to find an experienced lawyer or legal team to represent you.
The Law Offices of Robert G. Stahl can help you defend against money laundering charges, payroll and sales tax fraud, and charges of failure to report earnings and income. We have worked on numerous tax fraud cases in New Jersey to ensure that those facing tax fraud cases are given a fair opportunity to argue the allegations.
It is actually the government's responsibility to prove that you are guilty. If there is not enough evidence to press charges, tax fraud cases may be dropped. We can help you develop a defense in the beginning stages so you have a better chance of preparing yourself against investigations into allegations of tax fraud.
You need a lawyer or legal team that is on your side and will work with you to fight tax fraud charges. Robert G. Stahl and his team offer useful advice, support and their experience to ensure that you are fairly represented if necessary in a hearing or court.
No one in New Jersey enjoys paying taxes. Most individuals and business people take what deductions, exemptions and credits they can and move forward. In some cases, people attempt to manipulate or hide money to escape detection by federal IRS agents.