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For a while now, the Biden Administration has been talking about increasing the IRS budget and hiring additional staff. This would allow them to increase the number of audits and increase enforcement of the Tax Code. Now that Biden’s $1.2T infrastructure bill has been passed and the $1.75T Build Back Better (BBB) bill is still on the way, it appears that increased enforcement is going to happen.
If you are a taxpayer with high-value assets, complex business arrangements, overseas accounts, or cryptocurrency holdings, you could be targeted by these increased audits and enforcement measures. It is important to work with a Tax Lawyer & CPA who can protect your interests.
Call Tax Law Offices of David W. Klasing for a consultation with our dual licensed Tax Law Attorneys and CPAs today. Our phone number is (800) 681-1295.
For years, politicians allied with the Biden administration have discussed increased enforcement at the IRS. The problem up until now was budget and staffing. With Biden’s new policies and funding in place, the IRS is in a strong position to increase its staff and put more personnel behind issues Democrats have been seeking to change for years. That means trying to get more money from taxpayers by investigating loopholes through audits and going after more taxpayers for potential violations that they simply could not go after before.
In general, this will mean more strict enforcement of the Tax Code. If you have been working with a Tax Attorney or a CPA that you suspect might have been cutting corners or taking legal risks with your tax positions, it is important to have someone review your finances and taxes. There are many routes you can take, such as voluntary disclosure, that could help you get ahead of the stricter enforcement if you have a history of cheating and want to avoid criminal tax prosecution.
Note: As long as a taxpayer that has willfully committed tax crimes (potentially including non-filed foreign information returns coupled with affirmative evasion of U.S. income tax on offshore income) self-reports the tax fraud (including a pattern of non-filed returns) through a domestic or offshore voluntary disclosure before the IRS has started an audit or criminal tax investigation / prosecution, the taxpayer can ordinarily be successfully brought back into tax compliance and receive a nearly guaranteed pass on criminal tax prosecution and simultaneously often receive a break on the civil penalties that would otherwise apply.
It is imperative that you hire an experienced and reputable criminal tax defense attorney to take you through the voluntary disclosure process. Only an Attorney has the Attorney Client Privilege and Work Product Privileges that will prevent the very professional that you hire from being potentially being forced to become a witness against you, especially where they prepared the returns that need to be amended, in a subsequent criminal tax audit, investigation or prosecution.
Moreover, only an Attorney can enter you into a voluntary disclosure without engaging in the unauthorized practice of law (a crime in itself). Only an Attorney trained in Criminal Tax Defense fully understands the risks and rewards involved in voluntary disclosures and how to protect you if you do not qualify for a voluntary disclosure.
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It is also important to make sure that, starting with your 2021 taxes, you follow the rules by the book. Anything that can trigger an audit needs to be done right in 2021, or else you could potentially find yourself at the top of the IRS’ new audit list. This means especially dealing with reporting requirements for foreign accounts – which could potentially include foreign accounts holding cryptocurrency.
The infrastructure bill and the BBB Act attempt to make some tax changes to increase revenue – potentially cycling even more money through the IRS to fund additional enforcement down the road. This primarily comes in three forms: a new minimum corporate tax rate of 15%, a 1% surcharge on stock buyback transactions, and SALT tax cap changes.
As of right now, it is impossible to tell whether the IRS will increase its enforcement actions if it gets more funding. However, it seems very likely that they will. Part of the goal of this budget increase is to add $80 billion to the IRS’s budget over the next 10 years, allowing them to hire more workers and tax experts to plug the holes in their previous enforcement strategies.
The Treasury Department estimates that around $600 billion dollars go uncollected in taxes each year because of lacking enforcement – and that the top 1% of taxpayers are responsible for a quarter of that uncollected tax revenue. Those numbers are for unpaid tax and seemingly do not even include estimates for uncollected penalties.
Increased enforcement efforts were estimated by the Office of Budget Management to total around $200 billion over the next decade, which could be recycled into additional enforcement funding and policy spending for the Biden Administration as well.
Increasing tax revenue by going after high-asset taxpayers, investors, and corporations has been a stated goal of the Biden Administration and its allies in Congress for a while now, so it would not be surprising for these efforts to increase.
With increased audits and enforcement on the horizon, it is important to work with a tax professional you can trust and to get out ahead of any potential tax issues you face while there is still time to fix any past mistakes. Consider working with one of our dual licensed California Tax Attorney & CPAs today rather than risking your financial future, tax penalties, or even potential jail time for past tax mistakes. The increased enforcement may mean that your 2021 taxes need to be pristine, but also that the IRS could take a deeper look at past tax years to try to find things to audit or charge you for.
If you will potentially be affected by increased IRS audits and enforcement, call (800) 681-1295 for a legal consultation with the California Tax Lawyers and CPAs at Tax Law Offices of David W. Klasing.
If you have failed to file a tax return for one or more years or have taken a position on a tax return that could not be supported upon an IRS or state tax authority audit, eggshell audit, reverse eggshell audit, or criminal tax investigation, it is in your best interest to contact an experienced tax defense attorney to determine your best route back into federal or state tax compliance without facing criminal prosecution.