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Criminal Tax Issues

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.


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.

  • 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 Case - 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.
  • Tennessee Department of Revenue Criminal Investigation Case
    Represented Taxpayer in criminal investigation by the Tennessee Department of Revenue Special Investigations Department for alleged sales tax evasion. Investigation closed and no criminal charges filed.
  • 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.

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

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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