Miami IRS Criminal Investigation Attorney
Will I Go To Jail?
Many people worry about going to jail over IRS problems. Only around 3,000 cases are prosecuted each year according to the IRS. The odds that you’ll receive a letter from the IRS Criminal Investigation team that says you need to go to court are quite small. The IRS uses many other tools at their disposal before they resort to criminal action. Remember, the goal of the IRS is to collect the taxes that we owe, not to put non-paying taxpayers in jail. Wage garnishment and liens are just two of the tools they use to force you to pay your tax liability. There are also a number of ways to come to new payment arrangements, or even have part of your debt forgiven, depending on your circumstances and how much tax you owe.
What Do You Do If You Are Investigated By The IRS?
If you are one of the unlucky individuals who do get such a letter, then you need legal representation immediately. The Criminal Investigation branch of the IRS succeeds in 90% of their prosecutions and has had that success rate for nearly a century. This high success rate is one of the main reasons why people are so scared of going to jail for screwing up their taxes.
What are some of the reasons that make the IRS take action in this way? Tax fraud and forgetting to pay payroll taxes quickly get the IRS’ attention. Other parts of the team focus on people who use taxable money for illegal purposes, and special units for drug enforcement and counter-terrorism. By and large, most of the cases the IRS will prosecute involve someone who appears to be hiding a lot of taxable income.
What Types Of Activity Does The IRS Prosecute?
- Deliberately filing a false return
- Tax evasion
- Structuring financial transactions to hide wrongdoing
- Obstructing an IRS audit
If the IRS is accusing you of criminal tax activity, then it is highly likely they have a lot of evidence against you. The IRS moves very slowly because they want to ensure that their accusations are correct before going to court. This is one of the reasons why they have such a high success rate for prosecution. With all the time in the world and all the resources of the government at their disposal, they can afford to be cautious.
How Does The IRS Show Proof You Broke The Law?
- Direct fraud, such as misrepresenting income and expenses or claiming credits and exemptions that are invalid.
- Net worth calculations that compare net worth across time and compare it to the expected taxable income. Florida and many other states also use this method to discover tax problems.
- Tracking expenditures that are outside the range of expected incomes as reported to the IRS.
You may find out that you’re under investigation before formal charges are filed. The IRS relies heavily on third-party evidence to secure the proof they need for cases. Former business associates, family members, exes, and employers can be compelled to interview with IRS agents and reveal what the IRS wants to know. They can also gain access to records that would normally be closed to an investigator’s eyes. If you think that you can face that sort of power by yourself then you definitely need to speak with us to understand the gravity of your situation.
Contact a Miami IRS Lawyer Today
If you are being investigated or you’ve received a court summons, you must act now. You need a tax attorney with experience in criminal investigation. Zuckerman Law will help you fight the IRS. If you live in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, or anywhere else in South Florida, call us.