Two separate cases out of the State of Louisiana that deal with tax evasion and fraud are providing ample proof that those who attempt to cheat the tax system will be apprehended and prosecuted. Taxpayers who find themselves possibly violating tax laws, must understand that being accused with tax fraud or evasion is extremely serious and could be a life-changing event. If you fear that you have violated a tax law or if you are under examination or investigation, you should contact an experienced criminal tax attorney as soon as possible to mitigate any negative repercussions.
According to a Department of Justice press release, Rommel Cordova, 35, of Luling, Louisiana, and Saul Ramirez, 43, of Kenner, Louisiana, each pleaded guilty to one count of willfully filing a false tax return in 2011. Prosecutors alleged that the duo equally owned Skill Labor Provider Inc. (Skill Labor) a business that provided labor services. In pleaded guilty, the Ramirez and Cordova agreed that between 2010 and 2011, they performed various actions that were meant to reduce the appearance that their business was making substantial amounts of money. These actions included cashing checks written to Skill Labor at independent check cashing businesses and significantly reducing the amount of taxable income listed on their corporate income tax return. Both Cordova and Ramirez face a statutory maximum of three years in a federal prison and a fine of $250,000.
In another case out of Louisiana, Tanya Tonette Rivers was arrested for tax evasion stemming from her failure to file state income tax returns from 2010 to 2012. Prosecutors allege that Rivers failed to include over $268,000 in earnings and thus failed to pay the appropriate state income taxes on that amount. Before Rivers was arrested, she ignored several attempts of the state taxing authority to contact her with regard to her tax return discrepancies. She was booked into jail and is awaiting trial.
Both of these cases in Louisiana could have been avoided or the damage that they will cause could have at least been minimized. When a taxpayer receives word that their actions are being called into question by a taxing authority, it is in their best interest to contact a criminal tax attorney as soon as possible. Many taxpayers believe that if they ignore the problem, it will go away or worse, that they can talk their way out of trouble if they are caught. Both of those beliefs are patently false. The IRS and state taxing authorities have one job: to administer and enforce the tax law. They will stop at nothing to ensure that the laws are upheld and those who violate them are brought to justice. Much like ignoring the problem, going up against a taxing authority alone is also a terrible idea. The IRS and state taxing authorities are experts in soliciting incriminating information from taxpayers. They likely have a feel for taxpayers who are trying to talk their way out of a situation and know what questions to ask that will provide the government with enough evidence to win a criminal conviction. An experienced criminal tax attorney can take the helm and help steer your situation off of a dangerous course.
The tax and accounting professionals at the Tax Law Offices of David W. Klasing have extensive experience in assisting taxpayers with a myriad of tax-related issues including criminal representation. When the IRS or state’s taxing authorities send their agents, investigators, and lawyers to collect tax monies due and secure convictions, they are sending the very best. Make sure that you have a team of experienced tax lawyers and accountants to zealously advocate for your physical and financial freedom. Contact the Tax Law Offices of David W. Klasing today for a reduced-rate consultation.