Keegan Law: Boston, MA Tax Evasion Attorneys
Tax evasion occurs when an individual fails to pay taxes or underpays taxes. Tax evasion is illegal and a federal offense in the United States, punishable by incarceration and exorbitant fines. According to 26 USC § 7201, attempting to evade taxes can result in a $100,000 fine, five years in prison, or both. If a corporation is involved, the fine could be increased to $500,000.
Types of Tax Evasion
The term “tax evasion” can refer to a variety of actions, such as intentionally failing to file your income tax return. Other forms of tax evasion include:
- Refusing to pay taxes
- Filing a falsified return
- Intentionally misreporting your income
- Making an inaccurate claim
- Overstating a deduction
Tax Fraud vs. Carelessness
Not every inaccurate tax return is a fraud. In fact, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) can be very understanding of genuine errors. If your return contains a mistake but does not indicate any type of fraud, the IRS might assume that you made an honest mistake; however, if the IRS discovers any indication of fraud, you could face serious criminal charges. These might include:
- Moving funds in an offshore account
- Claiming a nonexistence dependent
- Large amounts of unreported income
- Evidence of money laundering
- Multiple sets of financial records
Defense for Tax Evasion in Boston, MA
In 2012, the IRS reported $754 million paid in “suspicious” tax returns, making tax fraud a prevalent and expensive problem in the United States. Every year, the IRS investigates a large number of taxpayers, many of which are convicted of tax fraud. If you were charged with tax evasion, our Boston criminal defense attorneys can help you avoid a conviction.
Our trusted legal team represents clients accused of white collar crime offenses such as:
- Money laundering
- Identity theft
- Internet crimes
- Mail fraud
We have the skill and experience to help, even if you feel like your case is hopeless.
Keegan Law offers the following resources:
- Access to your attorney 24 / 7 / 365
- Prosecution experience
- Former police officers and U.S. Army soldiers on your side
- A free, no-obligation initial case evaluation
Call our office today at (617) 799-7644 or fill out an online case evaluation form to take the first step toward the legal guidance and advocacy that you need.