Income Tax Evasion

Income tax evasion is one of the most common tax fraud occurrences.   Penalties for tax evasion can be both civil and criminal, and the penalties range from fines to jail time.  If you are charged with income tax evasion, it is imperative that you contact an experienced attorney immediately.  Some of the most common situations that may point to income tax evasion include:

– Understatement of income

-Fictitious or improper deductions

-A consistent pattern over several years of underreporting taxable income

-Concealment of assets

-Dealing in cash

-Preparing and filing false returns

 Civil Charges for Income Tax Evasion:

The civil penalties for tax evasion are monetary and are structured on a sliding scale, depending on the severity of the offense.  Penalties for fraudulent income tax evasion include:

  •  A penalty equal to 75% of the portion of the underpayment which is attributable to your fraudulent actions.

 Criminal Charges for Income tax Evasion:

The criminal penalties for tax evasion are the most severe with large fines and jail time.  In order to be charged with criminal tax evasion, the government must prove that you acted with the intent to avoid paying tax. Meaning, you knew what you claimed on your tax return was wrong and that it wasn’t just a mistake.  This is a very high burden that the IRS must overcome. Common criminal tax evasion charges and penalties can include:

 Attempting to evade or defeat paying taxes:

  • 5-year felony, fines up to $250,000.00

 Fraud and filing false statements:3

  • -year felony, fines up to $250,000.00

 Failure to file a tax return:

  • 1-year misdemeanor, fines up to $100,000.00

 Defending your case:

Attorney Barton W. Morris is dedicated to researching and understanding tax evasion charges and takes an aggressive approach in defending each and every one of his clients..  He will look into whether there was governmental misconduct, whether your civil rights were violated and he will ascertain whether a good faith defense exists.  Which in most cases, it does!

Because the tax code is so large and so confusing, hiring an experienced attorney is extremely important.  For this reason, it is imperative that you contact the Law Office of Barton W. Morris, Jr., for an immediate consultation to find out more about your tax evasion charge.  Attorney Barton W. Morris, Jr., represents clients in the Oakland, Wayne and Macomb County communities of Royal Oak, Bloomfield Hills, Detroit, Warren, Troy and all surrounding areas.

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