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Champaign County Tax Fraud Lawyer

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) aggressively prosecutes companies and individuals for tax fraud. Increasingly, the media publishes stories about prosecutions against high-profile businesses and wealthy individuals, who can have their reputations ruined.

If you are caught in a tax fraud probe, contact Patel Law, PC immediately. Both the IRS and the Department of Justice monitor companies for possible tax evasion, tax schemes, and compliance violations. Any conviction could spell disaster for key individuals and the entire organization. Contact our Champaign County tax fraud lawyer for more information about how to prepare for an audit or defend yourself against criminal charges. This is one area of law where it is best to be proactive and head off criminal charges if at all possible.

Tax Fraud Under the Microscope

Anyone suspected or accused of tax fraud needs to begin mounting a defense. Patel Law helps individuals and businesses accused of:

  • Tax evasion
  • Tax fraud
  • Abusive tax schemes
  • Customs violations
  • Excise tax violations
  • Sales and use tax compliance
  • Employment tax issues
  • Bankruptcy fraud

Patel Law will be by your side as you prepare for your audit. An audit gives the IRS the chance to begin reviewing documents and determine whether your tax mistakes were unintentional or fraudulent. We can work with you to:

  • Find documentary support for information on your returns
  • Document large cash transactions
  • File late or missing returns with the IRS
  • Justify expenses or deductions

If you included misleading or inaccurate information on a return, you also need an attorney to help you understand or document why. It is not illegal to make innocent mistakes on tax documents. There might be a simple explanation that shows you were not trying to hide income or defraud the government.

We can also assist you during the audit process. Often, conflicting statements made during the audit process trigger closer scrutiny. The IRS might open a criminal investigation based on what they find during the audit. Because they have full investigative powers, the IRS can quickly escalate an audit into a criminal investigation. We will help you avoid making incriminating statements and ensure the audit goes as smoothly as possible.

Tax Fraud Penalties Can Destroy a Defendant

Many people can face tax fraud investigations, including CPAs, internal auditors, business insiders, and private citizens. Any one of these people could face civil and criminal penalties, up to and including jail time. Even a misdemeanor charge of willfully failing to file tax returns can net a person up to a year in prison per count. Failing to file for five straight years can send you to jail for half a decade. More serious violations, like tax evasion, can send you to prison for up to five years per offense. Defendants often must pay massive civil penalties on top of criminal penalties.

Contact Patel Law, PC Today

For immediate assistance, contact Patel Law to speak with our Champaign County, Illinois tax fraud lawyer today. The IRS has endless resources to commit to an audit or prosecution. You need professional legal help during this stressful process.

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