Santa Monica Tax Evasion Lawyers
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Santa Monica Tax Evasion Lawyer
In most Santa Monica tax audits the IRS is only attracted in collecting the taxes owed, along with interest plus a few penalties. Possibly the Santa Monica IRS might inflict a negligence penalty or a late filing penalty fee. However, if during the tax audit the IRS suspects that you have committed tax fraud they can inflict a civil tax fraud penalty. The civil tax evasion penalty is equates to 75% of the tax owed, plus interest on the penalty. Worse yet the IRS tax auditor might ask the tax evasion referral specialist in Santa Monica to look at your case to see if it should be sent to the Santa Monica IRS Criminal Investigation unit for criminal tax prosecution. The IRS tax evasion referral specialist is usually not a tax lawyer, however, he has experience in tax fraud cases, and will seek the advice of the IRS' own Santa Monica tax evasion lawyers for help if it seems essential.
Santa Monica Tax Evasion crimes include filing a false tax return, tax evasion, filing false documents, failure to collect employment taxes, failure to pay taxes, and failing to file a tax return.
The penalties for criminal Santa Monica tax evasion are very serious. They range up to 5 years in Santa Monica jail, plus fines of up to $500,000, plus the costs of prosecution for each separate tax evasion crime. Once the Santa Monica criminal tax evasion case is finished the IRS Criminal Investigation unit will refer the case back to the IRS Examination Division where the taxes will be assessed, and the IRS can be likely to add on the Santa Monica California civil tax evasion penalty, on top of any criminal tax evasion fines.
"What is the difference between tax evasion, and a simple mistake?" Generally tax evasion involves an intentional wrongdoing. Mere carelessness is not tax evasion.
The IRS decides whether tax evasion has been committed by looking for badges of tax evasion. These badges include:
If you have any of these Santa Monica tax evasion problems and the IRS audits you, you may need to engage a Santa Monica tax evasion lawyer. Actions you take during the course of a tax audit can turn a run of the mill tax controversy into a tax evasion case. For example, lying or giving evasive answers to IRS investigators, delaying tactics, and other actions designed to mislead IRS agents are all indicia of Santa Monica tax evasion.
An experienced Santa Monica tax evasion attorney can help you navigate the treacherous waters of an IRS tax audit, and help formulate an effective strategy. Whether and when to answer questions from the IRS, or whether to stand on your 5th Amendment rights, are questions that only a tax fraud lawyer in Santa Monica can help you answer. Your financial freedom, as well as your personal freedom may depend on the right answers. For example in one recent case handled by affiliated tax lawyers at Wise Laws, the IRS alleged that our client had failed to report over $200,000 in income and didn't file tax returns for more than 4 years. Nevertheless we ultimately settled the case for much less than the IRS first demanded, and without paying any Santa Monica tax evasion penalties.