Tax Fraud and Evasion
Criminal Defense Lawyer in Dallas, Texas
Tax evasion can be committed by trusts, corporations, companies, businesses
and individuals. Are you facing allegations of a tax offense in Dallas,
Texas? A Dallas criminal defense attorney from D'Amore Law Firm can
help! With more than two decades of legal experience behind us, the Dallas
criminal defense lawyers at our office have the know-how and skill to
help you get the favorable case outcome you need.
Legal Explanation of Your Charges
Generally speaking, tax evasion is any scheme designed to avoid remitting
tax payments back to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The IRS has approximately
2,700 employees dedicated to uncovering and investigating abusive tax
schemes in the United States and across the globe. The IRS is the only
federal agency with this power and aggressively pursues tax crime convictions.
Tax payment relies on self-evaluation, and as such, the IRS launches a
multitude of tax investigations in the U.S. every year. Many of these
investigations end with criminal accusations and convictions. In the 2012
fiscal year, the IRS initiated more than 2,987 tax investigations. 1,790
of these cases were prosecuted and 1,210 resulted in a criminal conviction.
Tax Evasion Schemes
Sometimes, taxpayers try to avoid paying the IRS by fabricating
artificial losses. For instance, businesses may generate secondary financial records so
that they can transfer funds and generate false financial losses. On paper,
these transactions look like legitimate business losses; in reality, they
are nothing more than fraudulent transfers. These transfers allow the
business or individual to pay a lower tax bill and are commonly seen in
music and media investments.
Individuals may attempt to avoid paying taxes by
employing a spouse. Although it is perfectly legal to employ your husband or wife, it is
not legal to avoid paying taxes by splitting your income with him/her.
If the husband or wife has not been required to pay significant taxes
in the past, the business owner may give a portion of his/her income to
a spouse to avoid paying taxes on it. In situations like this, the spouse
is usually paid a salary for an insignificant amount of work.
Charitable trusts may be used to avoid tax payment as well. According to the IRS, noncompliant
taxpayers may transfer large sums of money into a trust, claiming that
it is for a charitable organization. In reality, the trust continues to
pay for the individual's personal, recreational and education expenses.
Because charitable donations are tax deductible, the taxpayer avoids actually
paying taxes on his/her income by referring to it as charitable money.
Employers and businesses may try to avoid paying income tax through
pyramid schemes. In this type of evasion scheme, an employer deducts income tax payments
from employees' salaries but never remits payment to the IRS. This
money is then used for other business or personal expenses. Sometimes,
employers pay their employees with cash to avoid paying taxes. This type
of tax evasion can leave employees without social security benefits in
Family residence trusts may be used to avoid tax payment as well. First, the taxpayer transfers
a residence and its furnishings into a trust. Then, the residence is rented
back to the taxpayer who attempts to deduct expenses related to the residence
from their tax payment. The trust may deduct depreciation, utilities payments
and gardening expenses in order to avoid tax payments. Family residence
trust schemes are easily uncovered and collapsed by the IRS.
Accused? D'Amore Law Firm can help!
Tax evasion is a serious crime. If convicted, you could face up to five
years in prison and a $100,000 fine. If convicted of filing a fraudulent
tax return, you could be forced to pay a $100,000 fine and spend three
years in prison. At D'Amore Law Firm, we are dedicated to helping
clients in Dallas and the surrounding area fight criminal charges. Our
firm has 20 years of defense and prosecution experience - let us put it
to work for you. With experience on both sides of the courtroom, we can
help you understand your legal circumstances and rights. Together, you
and a Dallas criminal defense lawyer from our firm can begin building
an aggressive and strategic case plan to defend your rights in court.
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