South Carolina Tax Attorneys Defending Your Tax Fraud and Tax Evasion Charges
Tax fraud or tax evasion is not only a federal crime, when the offense or fraud involves a loss to or fraud upon the Internal Revenue Service, but can be a state crime, when the offense or fraud involves a loss to or fraud upon the South Carolina Department of Revenue.
Tax Fraud or Tax Evasion Involving the IRS
One of the missions of The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is to detect and prosecute tax fraud and federal tax evasion. If you are under investigation, or have been arrested, for tax evasion your personal and professional livelihood are at stake.
If you are charged with tax evasion the IRS can:
- seize your assets,
- freeze your bank accounts,
- shut down your business, and
- garnish your wages.
A conviction for tax evasion can result in jail time and staggering fines and penalties. If you are under investigation, or have been arrested for federal tax evasion, it is critical that you contact experienced federal tax fraud and tax evasion lawyers to help defend your case.
Common IRS allegations include:
- failure to pay, or under payment of, personal or business income taxes,
- failure to file personal or business taxes,
- misrepresentation of income,
- supporting deductions with fraudulent documentation,
- reporting income paid to someone else,
- hiding assets in an offshore bank account,
- claiming deductions you are not eligible for, and
- directing another to submit false information.
Rewards for Whistleblowers Reporting Tax Fraud
The IRS Whistleblower Rewards Program, enacted by the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006, provides a substantial incentive for people to come forward and identify other persons, corporations and businesses, trusts, partnerships, or other entities that are underpaying their taxes in any way. This program provides a substantial monetary incentive to reporting individuals awarding them up to 30 percent of the amount of tax, interest, and penalties ultimately collected by the IRS.
Being investigated by the SC Department of Revenue?
The Criminal Investigations Division (CID) is the South Carolina Department of Revenue’s primary criminal tax enforcement unit and its function is to review alleged violations to the tax laws, to investigate those violations, and to recommend criminal prosecutions as warranted. Criminal and civil penalties, as well as damages, can be severe for failure to furnish or file a withholding statement or failure to file a return. Also, there can be criminal penalties for individuals who give false information to an employer or attempts to willfully evade a tax imposed by the Department.
Do NOT Talk to SC Department of Revenue Investigators Without an Attorney Present!
Our clients often tell us that they speak to investigators because they feel that they do not have anything to hide. If you are approached by an investigator, contact a tax attorney to discuss the best way to proceed.
Call Today for a Free Tax Fraud and Evasion Consultation
Depending upon the facts of your situation, there may be several ways to obtain debt relief. We will work hard to settle your tax debt with the IRS or South Carolina Department of Revenue for a fraction of what you owe. Contact the tax attorney at the Strom Law Firm, L.L.C. today for a free consultation to discuss how we can help you put your IRS tax debt behind you.