Dallas, Texas Tax Fraud Lawyers
The electronic and investigative resources of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) are substantial. At any given time, the IRS has a number of agents and employees reviewing tax returns, banking activity, and other financial transactions in search of suspicious patterns of behavior. When the IRS believes it has uncovered tax fraud, it can be particularly unforgiving and draconian: assets may be seized, bank accounts frozen, wages garnished, and real estate property appropriated. However, if a person comes forward to alert the IRS to incorrect filing information or a failure to file at all, the IRS is usually more forgiving and willing to reach an agreement.
At the law office of Fitzpatrick Hagood Smith & Uhl LLP, our attorneys represent businesses and individuals in cases involving allegations of tax fraud. Whether you are being prosecuted for tax fraud or would like to come forward to reach an agreement with the IRS, we have the experience and knowledge needed to help our clients avoid further legal complications.
If you are currently being investigated by the IRS, or have already been arrested on charges of tax fraud, contact criminal defense attorneys at the law office of Fitzpatrick Hagood Smith & Uhl today.
Allegations of Tax Fraud and Tax Evasion
The law office of Fitzpatrick Hagood Smith & Uhl counsels and represents CPAs, accountants, businesses, lawyers, tax payers, and those misled by tax protesters and the Cheeks defense in cases involving the following:
- Failing to report all income
- Underestimating income
- Using false receipts
- Fraudulently claiming deductions that don't apply
- Using an offshore bank account to hide assets
- Money laundering
- Tax evasion
- Using someone else's Social Security number
Establishing Tax Fraud - Why it can be Difficult to Prove
In cases where it is clear that the defendant did not pay enough taxes, it can be hard to prove tax fraud. In order to prove someone is guilty of defrauding the government, the prosecution must establish intent: did the accused knowingly and purposely act in a manner intended to commit tax fraud? Misreporting information can happen because someone misunderstands how deductions work or how the tax code applies to certain kinds of business income.
Our attorneys vigorously challenge claims on the part of government prosecutors that see a conspiracy to defraud the government where misunderstanding or poor judgment resulted in wrong information. In cases where the value of assets is in question, we work with forensic accountants and tax experts to challenge the government's claims and assumptions.
Working with the IRS when Mistakes have been Made
The IRS would prefer not to have to go to trial if it doesn't have to. Stepping forward before they find out you have made a mistake or failed to report accurate information can mean the difference between a fine and probation and going to prison.
For more information on how we can help you resolve tax problems or fight charges of tax fraud, contact tax fraud attorneys at the law office of Fitzpatrick Hagood Smith & Uhl today to schedule a consultation.