According to a Department of Justice press release, a Michigan medical doctor recently pleaded guilty to tax evasion after intentionally filing false tax returns. If you have failed to file a business or individual income tax return for one or more years, or have filed a tax return containing information that could not be supported upon examination, it is in your best interest to seek assistance from an experienced tax defense attorney.
Court records reveal that Bashar Kiami, 53, of Roscommon, Michigan was the owner and operator of Northern Michigan Endocrine, PLLC, his own endocrinology practice. Between 2014 and 2017, Kiami filed false corporate income tax returns that underreported his business income and overstated his business expenses. As a result of falsifying his business tax returns, Kiami’s individual income tax returns were likewise intentionally inaccurate. Federal prosecutors and the IRS alleged that Kiami evaded more than $250,000 in taxes during the years at issue.
A date for sentencing has not yet been set. Kiami faces up to five years in federal prison. Additionally, Kiami may be ordered to serve a period of supervised release, to commence upon the completion of any term of physical imprisonment. Finally, the defendant will likely be ordered to pay restitution, representing the total amount of tax loss caused.
The defendant in the story above was likely under the impression that he would never be caught and that the illegal underreporting of his business income would slip through the cracks. As IRS staffing increases and data analytic capabilities continue to improve, it is becoming easier and easier for the government to identify potential tax fraud. Generally speaking, taxpayers who take care of any material tax exposures before the government initiates an audit, inquiry or criminal investigation have tremendously better outcomes when compared to those taxpayers who wait for an eggshell audit, reverse eggshell audit, criminal tax investigation or criminal tax prosecution.
If you have failed to file business or individual income tax returns for one or more years, or you have filed an inaccurate tax return, you should consult with an experienced tax defense attorney to determine the best strategy to get right with the government without facing criminal tax prosecution. Together, you will work with your seasoned tax attorney to establish the pertinent facts of your case. Then, you will mutually agree on the next steps to bring you into tax compliance while attempting to minimize civil and avoid criminal tax repercussions all together.
Regardless of your business or estate needs, the professionals at the Tax Law Offices of David W. Klasing are here for you. We are open for business and our team will help ensure that your business is too. Contact the Law Offices of David W. Klasing today to discuss your business with one of our professionals.
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If you are concerned about the possibility of an IRS audit or criminal tax investigation into you or your business and past filings, it is important to assess all possible options to avoid such a situation.
The federal government’s voluntary disclosure programs provide an avenue for taxpayers who are aware of noncompliance in their filing history to come forward with additional information without being coerced into doing so through audit or criminal tax investigation. By using the voluntary disclosure option, many taxpayers avoid can avoid or reduce the penalties and fines that they might otherwise face if the government had to seek out the violations themselves.
However, voluntary disclosure may not be right in every situation. Firstly, if a criminal investigation is already underway, your decision to voluntary disclose will likely have no effect on the consequences and may even end up doing more harm than good. It is always important to discuss your situation with a seasoned Dual Licensed Criminal Tax Defense Lawyer and CPA, even if you made a genuine and honest mistake.
If you are afraid that you may have fallen out of tax compliance and are concerned about what constitutes tax fraud or tax evasion, our dual licensed Tax Attorneys and CPAs can provide you with an overview of your case and prepare your defense. Call the Tax Law Offices of David W. Klasing at (800) 681-1295 or click here to schedule a reduced rate initial consultation online.
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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.
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.