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According to a Department of Justice press release, a North Carolina man was recently convicted of evading federal income taxes after lying to employers about his being exempt from federal taxes. This story highlights the very real possibility of criminal and civil consequences for being untruthful when it comes to tax compliance. If you have failed to file a tax return for one or more years, or have filed a tax return with knowingly false information, it is in your best interest to contact an experienced tax defense attorney to determine the best route to get right with the government.
If you recall from our previous reporting, Darren Lee Joy, 63, of Charlotte, North Carolina, earned substantial wages between tax years 2015 and 2020. Despite earning more than $750,000 during those years, the defendant filed false forms W-4 in an attempt to persuade his employers to withhold little-to-no federal income taxes from his paychecks. Federal prosecutors allege that the defendant's phony forms W-4 contended that he was not subject to federal income tax.
Joy’s sentencing date has not yet been set. When he is sentenced, he faces up to five years in federal prison. Additionally, he could be ordered to serve up to three years of supervised release to commence upon the completion of his physical incarceration. Lastly, Joy will likely be ordered to pay restitution to the IRS, representing the total amount of tax loss that he caused.
Withholding of tax through employees’ paychecks is the single biggest mechanism for the IRS to collect taxes from wage-earners. Thus, it should come as no surprise that the IRS and Department of Justice pursues severe criminal tax sanctions against those who knowingly manipulate the law. While there are various methods to engage in legal tax planning, activity similar to the defendant’s is not advisable.
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 substantiated under IRS scrutiny, it is in your best interest to consult with a seasoned tax lawyer to determine the best way to come back into tax compliance without facing criminal tax prosecution. Together, you will work with your tax attorney to establish the pertinent facts of your case. Then, you will agree on a path forward, keeping your physical and financial freedom top-of-mind.
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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.
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