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Experienced Criminal Tax Defense Lawyers

Last updated on September 21, 2021

The Criminal Investigation Division of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS-CI) and Department of Justice, Tax Division (DOJ Tax) will pursue criminal charges against individuals and business owners who willfully fail to file taxes or knowingly file false tax returns. However, the IRS sometimes sees criminal intent in honest mistakes or is not interested in mitigating circumstances.

Moore Tax Law Group, LLC, regularly defends individuals who are targets, subjects or witnesses in criminal tax investigations and prosecution, including taxpayers, tax preparers and corporate personnel. Our lawyers handle all phases of criminal tax cases, from the initial suspicion that an IRS investigation is underway through plea negotiations or, if necessary, trial and sentencing. We also help clients avert criminal inquiries through proactive disclosure of tax discrepancies.

U.S. Tax Crime Defense In Illinois And Worldwide

You should contact Moore Tax Law Group, LLC, at the first indication that the IRS is initiating an audit or investigating you for tax evasion. These are complex cases, and the earlier we intervene, the better we can help. We aim to avert criminal charges if at all possible. A conviction carries the possibility of prison time and a felony record, plus the steep fines, penalties and interest for shortchanging the U.S. Treasury. We will engage on your behalf with the right government agents to attempt to get unfounded charges dismissed or resolve the controversy favorably through negotiations.

If we are not able to achieve an out-of-court resolution, we are prepared to defend you at trial, in sentencing and in appeals. We know how to select issues for appeal and present them in a compelling manner to a panel of judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals.

Voluntary Disclosure: Coming Clean To Avoid Bigger Trouble

The IRS does distinguish between willful behavior and mistakes made in good faith. It also distinguishes between tax evaders who have to be hunted down and those who “come in from the cold.” The IRS has revamped its longstanding Voluntary Disclosure Practice, which allows delinquent filers or tax debtors to come into compliance. While the IRS does not guarantee it won’t prosecute, taxpayers who make a full disclosure and pay the arrears generally avoid criminal charges.

If accepted into Voluntary Disclosure, the filer agrees to pay a 75% civil fraud penalty for the year in which the highest tax burden was owed. That is a heavy penalty, but if criminally prosecuted, the penalty is 75% for each year taxes were not paid in addition to the presumptive prison sentence. If one knowingly defrauded the government, it’s a big gamble to hope the IRS never finds out.

Talk To Us About Your Criminal Tax Problem

Moore Tax Law Group, LLC, invites you to discuss your situation, your rights and your options. We have successfully defended and negotiated with good results for those charged with tax fraud. We have also helped many clients avoid prosecution through proactive measures to come clean. Our Chicago-based firm represents individuals, tax professionals and businesses worldwide. Call 312-549-9990 or contact us online.