Tax evasion is a subset of tax fraud and often shares many of the same characteristics. While the two terms are used interchangeably, it is important for individuals or businesses accused of the criminal act to seek out attorneys who specialize in defending tax evasion cases.
Frost Law’s tax evasion attorneys have years of experience in the field and are familiar with standard business practices and the U.S. tax code. Our firm can put its vast resources to work when building your defense and fighting for your rights.
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Defining Tax Evasion
Tax evasion is defined by the IRS as the failure to pay or a deliberate underpayment of taxes. It is a criminal offense which can be punished with both prison time and steep fines. Examples of tax evasion include:
- Failure to report income
- Failure to report wages
- Claiming false or illegitimate deductions
- Intentionally underpaying taxes (including back taxes)
What Happens if You’re Charged with Tax Evasion?
The U.S. government takes tax evasion very seriously. An accused person could face a litany of legal consequences that may potentially impact the rest of their personal and professional life. Potential penalties of a conviction include:
- A maximum of five years of prison
- A fine of $250,000 for individuals
- A fine of $500,000 for corporations
- Additional restitution payments to repay the taxes the accused failed to originally pay the government
- A minimum one-year probation sentence
Facing down the barrel of a tax evasion charge can be intimidating. Aside from the severe legal consequences, your future personal and business life could also be impacted upon a criminal conviction. By contacting Frost Law’s skilled team of tax evasion attorneys, you could get started on building a defense case that will protect your legal standing and reputation.
Potential Legal Defenses
To prove that a defendant has committed tax evasion, the IRS must establish that the accused knew their actions were criminal and purposefully misrepresented or evaded their taxes. After reviewing your case, our tax evasion attorneys could build a defense that shows the court your actions were caused by a mistake and not criminal intent. If you were given false information and under the impression that your actions were within the scope of the law, our legal team can gather evidence to show how you were misled.
Consult our Local Tax Evasion Attorneys
Do not hesitate to speak with Frost Law’s Tax Evasion attorneys about your situation. Our Pennsylvania legal team will walk you through your case and help you understand your options and legal rights. Upon retaining our services, we will immediately go to work on protecting your good name and business interests. Call Frost Law at (717) 251-5029 today or fill out our contact form for a free initial consultation.