Fraud: Tax Fraud
Miami Tax Fraud Criminal Defense Lawyers
Tax fraud is considered by most to be a white collar crime and is investigated by the Internal Revenue Service ("IRS"). The IRS has a specialized investigative unit called the Criminal Investigative Division ("CID"). The CID is responsible for combating tax fraud and the team is composed of individuals with strong accounting and financial backgrounds.
The Miami Criminal Law Defense Firm of Donet, McMillan, & Trontz, P.A. has represented clients charged with tax fraud in the South Florida federal courts system. Tax fraud in its simplest terms involves the deliberate and intentional effort to avoid payment of taxes legally due to the federal government. Charges usually stem from the intentional concealment and misrepresentation of an individual's financial situation in an effort to reduce one's tax liability. Examples of tax fraud include under–stating of income, falsifying deductions, under–reporting monetary profits or gains, and forging federal tax forms.
Tax fraud can be committed by individual tax payers, financial institutions, businesses, accounting firms and other entities. Individuals or groups convicted of tax fraud in federal court are subject to incarceration up to five years and hefty monetary penalties. When the CID gets information regarding a tax evasion case, they conduct a thorough investigation into the allegations. Once the investigation is completed, they will bring the case to federal prosecutors assigned to the United States Department of Justice Tax Division. Prosecutors will conduct a thorough review of the reports compiled by the CID and determine whether or not there is enough evidence to indict an individual or group for tax fraud. If the case is approved by the Tax Division, the case will be forwarded to the local United States Attorney's from where the charges arose for prosecution.
A tax fraud case goes through many checks by investigators and prosecutors before it ever sees a courtroom. The Miami criminal defense attorneys at Donet, McMillan, & Trontz, P.A. take advantage of the tedious process on behalf of our clients. At every step of the investigation, our lawyers will meet with investigators and prosecutors in effort to stop the case from going to court. Even if federal prosecutors have sufficient evidence to proceed with the case, our firm has had great success in explaining the alleged fraud as a as an honest mistake or misunderstanding, and thereby able to convince the government that no intentional tax fraud took place.
Our vast experience in defending tax fraud cases has taught us that it easier to avoid tax fraud prosecution through discussions with investigators and prosecutors rather than appear in court. However, if the courtroom cannot be avoided, the criminal trial lawyers are well suited to defend the case in front of a jury.
An experienced tax fraud defense attorney can guide you through an IRS tax audit or CID investigation. If you or your accountant have been contacted regarding an alleged tax fraud investigation, it is imperative that you meet with an experienced tax fraud defense attorney to protect your interests and your rights. Remember, if you are contacted reference a tax fraud investigation, you have to right to invoke your right to counsel and avoid answering any questions. This is the recommended course of action because your own words can assist federal prosecutors in making a case against you. We also have vast experience in settling tax fraud cases through monetary settlements in an effort to prevent criminal prosecution.
If you are under investigation for, or have been arrested and charged with tax fraud, contact the Miami criminal defense firm of Donet, McMillan, & Trontz, P.A. An experienced criminal attorney is available every day of the year, 24 hours a day to speak with you regarding your situation. Allow us the opportunity to help protect your rights and defend your case. You can call our office at (305) 340-2197 or reach us by completing the form on our contact page
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