According to a Department of Justice press release, a New York man recently pleaded guilty to several counts related to filing false federal income tax returns and lying to the IRS when they attempted to commence collection efforts. This story should remind taxpayers that if you are unable to pay your federal income tax liability as required, seeking the advice of tax counsel is preferable when compared to lying to the IRS. If you have failed to file a tax return for one or more years, or have not paid your federal income tax liability as required, it is in your best interest to discuss your situation with a seasoned tax lawyer.
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 disclosurebefore 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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Court documents reveal that Mario Nunez recently pleaded guilty to tax evasion and filing federal income tax returns. Federal prosecutors alleged that the defendant filed false federal income tax returns for tax years 2012 through 2017. Prosecutors allege that the tax returns filed during those years significantly understated income that the defendant had earned working in construction. Additionally, prosecutors allege that between 2014 and 2019, the defendant made various false statements to IRS agents attempting to collect his delinquent tax debt. Court filings indicate that the defendant told the IRS that he was out of work, only surviving with assistance from his family. Prosecutors alleged that in actuality, the defendant was earning a substantial amount of income and avoiding detection by the IRS by cashing checks from customers rather than depositing the funds into his bank account.
The defendant will be sentenced later this year. He faces up to five years in prison for each count of tax evasion. Additionally, the defendant faces up to three years in prison for each count of filing a false tax return. The defendant also faces a period of supervised release to commence upon the completion of any physical incarceration. Lastly, the defendant has agreed to pay restitution to the IRS in the amount of $330,000, representing the total tax loss that he caused.
Although falling behind on tax obligations is rather common in the United States, making misleading or downright false statements to the IRS is not advisable. Instead of attempting to evade the payment of taxes, taxpayers who have significant tax debt should consult with an experienced tax defense attorney. Together, you will work to establish the pertinent facts of your case. Next, you will work to determine the best strategy to satisfy your tax debt with the IRS, while keeping your personal financial freedom of mind. Luckily for taxpayers who have fallen behind on tax debt, the IRS has several programs that allow the establishment of a payment plan or, in limited circumstances, to permanently alleviate part of their tax debt. A seasoned tax attorney is uniquely positioned to assist taxpayers in determining the appropriate strategy in satisfying their tax debt. While you are being represented by an experienced tax attorney, you won't have to go up against the IRS or Department of Justice alone.
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.
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