The following statistical information is sourced directly from the United State Sentencing Commission USSC. You can view the brief report in its entirety by clicking here. Otherwise, our tax attorneys have excerpted some of the report’s more salient (and surprising) points below. All the following statistics pertain to the 2019 fiscal year, except where otherwise noted.
Who most frequently commits tax crimes, and where?
How is the U.S. economy impacted by these crimes?
What percentage of convicted offenders received enhanced penalties, and why?
How were convicted tax offenders sentenced?
If you are interested in additional reading on this subject, one of the best resources is the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Investigation and enforcement statistics are published annually on the IRS website, such as these IRS criminal investigation statistics for the current fiscal year. You can also use the IRS website’s search function to target specific tax statistics on taxpayer compliance, international tax matters, business tax matters, and related topics.
If you have failed to live up to your legal tax obligations, whether that be filing a timely return annually or providing only factual and true information on filed tax returns, it is in your best interest to resolve the matter before the IRS or state tax authority examines your return or initiates a criminal investigation for intentional violation of the tax laws. An experienced tax defense attorney is a valuable resource in coming into tax compliance. Working with your tax lawyer, you will set out the pertinent facts of your situation and come to an agreement as to the best strategy to get right with the government.
Note: As long as a taxpayer that has willfully committed tax crimes (potentially including non-filed returns coupled with affirmative evasion of payment) 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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