Philadelphia Tax Fraud Attorneys
In general, there are three categories of tax fraud crime: tax evasion, failing to file a tax return, and filing a false return. In each case, if convicted, you could be sentenced to prison and be required to pay a fine anywhere between $25,000 to $100,000. In many cases, especially those involving businesses, a simple misapplication of the tax code can compound. Consequently, misapplied deductions or incorrectly categorized income can look like a pattern of fraud to IRS agents.
For this reason, it's essential to understand how the IRS conducts its investigations and what it is looking for. At Vaira & Riley, we work with former IRS agents and can often anticipate the course of an investigation and what IRS agents are interested in. In many cases, we can help clients avoid additional legal complications and, in some instances, negotiate a resolution that does not involve prosecution.
When allegations of tax fraud first come to light, taxpayers find themselves under a microscope. We work to ensure our clients understand what they have been charged with, what their rights are and what their legal options are as well. Contact the Philadelphia law offices of Vaira & Riley, P.C. to schedule a consultation regarding an IRS criminal tax investigation.
Confronting Tax Fraud Investigations and Avoiding Criminal Charges
Vaira & Riley, P.C., lawyers know how to handle tax fraud investigations before they advance to the criminal phase. If an IRS special agent has served notice of intent to investigate or audit a company on suspicion of tax fraud, speak with Vaira & Riley, P.C. immediately. Our office also represents businesses and individuals in tax disputes when questions arise regarding the accuracy of a tax return and whether or not you failed to properly report income.
Former IRS Agents Assist Vaira & Riley, P.C. with Tax Fraud Investigations
The white collar defense and civil litigation law firm of Vaira & Riley, P.C. works with former IRS agents to represent clients involved with IRS tax fraud investigations. Coupled with the experienced advocacy of Vaira & Riley, P.C.'s lawyers, this information results in a strong defense for clients targeted with a tax fraud investigation.
Early Intervention is Vital
"Early investigation by counsel is vitally important. Investigations tend to gain momentum as they proceed and it becomes increasingly difficult to persuade the Special Agent that a case lacks merit or to engage in effective damage control as time passes." - Peter F. Vaira and Thomas W. Nihill, "Dealing with IRS Special Agents"
If you have received notice of an impending audit, contact Vaira & Riley, P.C. to schedule a consultation about how best to respond. Do not wait until a tax fraud or tax evasion investigation has escalated to criminal charges before calling an attorney.