Criminal Tax & White Collar Criminal Defense

Tax-related criminal charges and investigations are serious matters that require immediate assistance from a tax attorney. Failure to properly respond in these matters can result in conviction and ultimately jail time.

In tax-related criminal investigations (prior to criminal charges being filed), one statement you make or document you prepare and submit to the IRS (or state tax agency) could be the deciding factor as to whether criminal charges are filed or not.

Our attorneys are experienced in representing taxpayers in criminal tax prosecutions and investigations at both the federal (IRS) and state levels. We understand the often technical and complex tax issues present in most criminal tax matters. We combine that understanding with traditional criminal defense strategies to protect your rights while also arguing the tax-related merits of your case.

We invite you to contact us to schedule a consultation.

Results

Our firm is committed to delivering results for our clients. We invite you to review a sample of representative criminal tax matters we have resolved for our clients.

No Jail Time Imposed for Conviction Under 26 U.S.C. § 7206(2). Represented accountant facing allegations of fraudulently preparing tax returns causing a tax loss of $2,329,255 to the government. Negotiated a plea agreement where accountant pled guilty for three felony counts of Filing, Aiding, or Assisting in Filing a False Tax Return under 26 U.S.C. § 7206(2) and the tax loss was limited to $37,125. At sentencing hearing, DeWitt Law argued for a downward departure from the guidelines sentence range of 10 to 16 months imprisonment. The Court granted the downward departure and imposed a sentence of probation with no jail time.

25 Felony Tax Evasion Charges Dismissed. Represented taxpayer facing 27 felony (and 1 misdemeanor) tax crimes. 25 felony charges and 1 misdemeanor charge dismissed. Plea agreement and pre-trial diversion granted to Taxpayer resulting in no jail time, supervised probation for 2 years, and no criminal record upon completion of diversion.

30 Felony Tax-Related Charges Dismissed. Taxpayer indicted for 31 tax-related felony counts. 30 charges were dismissed and case was resolved through pre-trial diversion with no jail time and expungement of criminal record upon completion of diversion.

IRS Criminal Investigation - No Criminal Charges Filed. Represented taxpayer investigated by the IRS Criminal Investigation department for potential tax crimes related to over $5 million dollars in unreported bank account deposits. Investigation closed and no criminal charges filed. 

IRS Criminal Investigation - No Criminal Charges Filed. Represented taxpayer investigated by the IRS Criminal Investigation department for potential tax evasion through car dealership owned by Taxpayer. Investigation closed and no criminal charges filed. After the criminal investigation was closed, the IRS initiated a civil field audit for the same tax years. Represented Taxpayer in the civil audit, which resulted in $0 in additional tax.

IRS Fraud Investigation. Represented Taxpayer who owned a tax preparation company in a tax preparer fraud investigation. Investigation closed and no criminal charges filed or civil penalties, including fraud, assessed.

Tax-Related Federal Criminal Charges

Criminal charges by the federal government include:

  • Tax Evasion - I.R.C. § 7201
  • Willful Failure to Collect or Pay Over Tax - I.R.C. § 7202
  • Failure to File, Supply Information or Pay Tax - I.R.C. § 7203
  • Fraudulent Withholding Exemption or Failure to Supply Information - I.R.C. § 7205
  • Fraud and False Statements - I.R.C. § 7206
  • Fraudulent Returns, Statements, or Other Documents - I.R.C. § 7207
  • Attempts to Interfere with Administration of Internal Revenue Laws - I.R.C. § 7212
  • Aiding & Abetting - 18 U.S.C. § 2
  • Conspiracy to Defraud the Government with Respect to Claims - 18 U.S.C. § 286
  • False, Fictitious, or Fraudulent Claims - 18 U.S.C. § 287

Tax-Related State Criminal Charges

States can also charge taxpayers with tax-related crimes. Examples of common state criminal tax-related charges include:

  • Sales and Use Tax Evasion
  • Income Tax Evasion

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    Criminal Tax & White Collar Criminal Defense

    Tax-related criminal charges and investigations are serious matters that require immediate assistance from a tax attorney. Failure to properly respond in these matters can result in conviction and ultimately jail time.

    In tax-related criminal investigations (prior to criminal charges being filed), one statement you make or document you prepare and submit to the IRS (or state tax agency) could be the deciding factor as to whether criminal charges are filed or not.

    Our attorneys are experienced in representing taxpayers in criminal tax prosecutions and investigations at both the federal (IRS) and state levels. We understand the often technical and complex tax issues present in most criminal tax matters. We combine that understanding with traditional criminal defense strategies to protect your rights while also arguing the tax-related merits of your case.

    We invite you to contact us to schedule a consultation.

    Results

    Our firm is committed to delivering results for our clients. We invite you to review a sample of representative criminal tax matters we have resolved for our clients.

    No Jail Time Imposed for Conviction Under 26 U.S.C. § 7206(2)
    Represented accountant facing allegations of fraudulently preparing tax returns causing a tax loss of $2,329,255 to the government. Negotiated a plea agreement where accountant pled guilty for three felony counts of Filing, Aiding, or Assisting in Filing a False Tax Return under 26 U.S.C. § 7206(2) and the tax loss was limited to $37,125. At sentencing hearing, DeWitt Law argued for a downward departure from the guidelines sentence range of 10 to 16 months imprisonment. The Court granted the downward departure and imposed a sentence of probation with no jail time.

    25 Felony Tax Evasion Charges Dismissed
    Represented taxpayer facing 27 felony (and 1 misdemeanor) tax crimes. 25 felony charges and 1 misdemeanor charge dismissed. Plea agreement and pre-trial diversion granted to Taxpayer resulting in no jail time, supervised probation for 2 years, and no criminal record upon completion of diversion.

    30 Felony Tax-Related Charges Dismissed
    Taxpayer indicted for 31 tax-related felony counts. 30 charges were dismissed and case was resolved through pre-trial diversion with no jail time and expungement of criminal record upon completion of diversion.

    IRS Criminal Investigation - No Criminal Charges Filed
    Represented taxpayer investigated by the IRS Criminal Investigation department for potential tax crimes related to over $5 million dollars in unreported bank account deposits. Investigation closed and no criminal charges filed. 

    IRS Criminal Investigation - No Criminal Charges Filed
    Represented taxpayer investigated by the IRS Criminal Investigation department for potential tax evasion through car dealership owned by Taxpayer. Investigation closed and no criminal charges filed. After the criminal investigation was closed, the IRS initiated a civil field audit for the same tax years. Represented Taxpayer in the civil audit, which resulted in $0 in additional tax.

    IRS Fraud Investigation
    Represented Taxpayer who owned a tax preparation company in a tax preparer fraud investigation. Investigation closed and no criminal charges filed or civil penalties, including fraud, assessed.

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