Oxnard IRS Lawyer
From Federal and California (BOE, EDD FTB) audit notices to criminal investigations, there are numerous reasons one might need to hire an experienced tax attorney. But regardless of why a taxpayer requires assistance, one factor remains unchanging: the aggressive approach taken by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and California tax authorities. Though California and IRS agents are required to treat taxpayers with courtesy, it is a mistake to assume that the auditor or tax crime investigator assigned to your case is working in your best interests. On the contrary, the agent or investigator will use any lawful means necessary to uncover and probe your financial records. If there are discrepancies, omissions, or other errors, or worse yet, badges of fraud, you could be harshly penalized civilly or criminally.
Even if you think that the IRS or the state of California has no reason to audit or investigate your activities, you are advised to consult with an aggressive Oxnard IRS attorney due to the costly penalties which may be imposed. Depending on the circumstances, you could be charged immense fines, ordered to pay restitution to the IRS, or even be sentenced to federal prison. It is imperative that you discuss your legal options with a knowledgeable tax lawyer who can work to reduce the applicable penalties while protecting your rights as a taxpayer. To arrange a reduced-rate tax consultation concerning an IRS audit, criminal investigation, or related matter, contact the Tax Law Office of David W. Klasing online, or call us today at (800) 681-1295.
Tax Attorney Fighting Penalties for Failure to Pay or File Taxes
The U.S. Tax Code or Internal Revenue Code (IRC) requires U.S. citizens and residents to report, and pay taxes on, domestic and foreign income, no matter where the income was originally earned. Failure to file an income tax return can trigger a failure-to-file penalty if the return is not submitted by (1) the standard deadline, or (2) the extended deadline, in cases where the taxpayer has requested an extension. Additionally, the IRS can impose a separate failure-to-pay penalty. If the IRS has applied failure-to-file or failure-to-pay penalties against you, turn to the Tax Law Office of David W. Klasing for assistance reentering compliance with either requirement.
Oxnard Lawyer Handling IRS Tax Audits
Some taxpayers are at elevated risk for undergoing an IRS examination, more commonly known as an “audit.” For example, you may be at higher risk of being audited if you are a sole proprietor, run a cash-intensive business, earn a high level of income, or have business associations with other taxpayers who have been audited. In some cases, taxpayers are chosen to be audited at random by computer software.
Regardless of the underlying reason for the audit, it is imperative to take the audit seriously due to the grave consequences which can result, including bank levies, property liens, and even the seizure of your personal property. Moreover, depending on the findings of the audit, you could be assessed significant penalties, or even referred to the Department of Justice (DOJ) for criminal prosecution. However, it may be possible to challenge the outcome by (1) appealing the audit, or (2) proposing a reasonable Offer in Compromise (OIC).
If you take the former approach, be prepared to explain detailed reasoning for your dispute, and supply evidence and facts that support your position. An Oxnard IRS attorney from the Tax Law Offices of David W. Klasing can guide you through each stage of the IRS appeals process while executing a strategy that increases your likelihood of a favorable tax outcome.
Oxnard Criminal Tax Defense
What begins as an IRS civil audit could become a criminal investigation. If so, you may be facing months or years of prison time. However, being represented by a knowledgeable and experienced Oxnard tax defense attorney improves your odds of receiving reduced penalties. It is important to work specifically with a tax attorney during an IRS criminal investigation, as statements made to a certified public accountant (CPA) are not protected by the attorney-client privilege and are thus subject to discovery during litigation.
In many cases, a civil audit transitions into a criminal investigation after the IRS detects what are known as “badges of fraud.” Some common examples of badges of fraud include:
- Concealing assets or hiding income, including offshore income
- Destroying tax or other financial records
- Failing to cooperate with the IRS or other tax authorities
- Failing to file a federal income tax return
- Failing to maintain adequate records
- Filing a fraudulent or falsified federal income tax return
- Making “excessive” transactions using cash
- Making false statements on tax records or to IRS personnel
- Making inconsistent statements
- Paying employees under the table
- Hiding sources of income or assets or lying on collection information statements in federal or California collection actions.
If you are worried about being targeted for an IRS criminal investigation or civil audit, or if you are currently being audited by the IRS, turn to the tax attorneys and CPA’s of the Tax Law Offices of David W. Klasing for zealous representation and meticulous tax guidance. To arrange a reduced-rate consultation with our Oxnard IRS lawyers, contact our tax law firm online, or call us today at 805-617-4566 or (800) 681-1295.
Oxnard Tax Law Offices
For any of your tax planning compliance and controversy needs in Oxnard, contact the Lawyers at The Tax Law Offices of David W. Klasing today. Our experienced Tax Lawyers offer a reduced-rate consultation on new cases or engagements. Call 800-681-1295 or contact us online today to schedule a reduce rate initial consultation at our Oxnard tax law offices, or at one of our other convenient locations across Southern California.