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Tampa Tax Fraud Attorney

Tax fraud, which is akin to theft from the government, is a very serious offense in Florida. Some of the most common ways in which tax fraud is carried out is by declaring less wages, claiming a dependant, or hiding assets. Most tax fraud occurs on an individual basis, though companies and corporations do make up a large portion of offenders. Contact the Tampa law office of Roman & Roman today to speak with one of our Tampa tax fraud attorneys.

According to the Internal Revenue Service, the following are some of the most common ways in which tax fraud is committed:

  • Underreporting or intentionally omitting income;
  • Claiming deductions are higher than in reality;
  • Having two sets of books;
  • False entries in records or books;
  • Writing off personal expenses a business expenses;
  • Claiming false deductions; and
  • Hiding assets and income or transferring them.

Tax fraud is a willful act. While making mistakes on a tax return may result in a small monetary penalty, purposeful tax evasion is a serious crime. As such, the justice system cracks down with incredible force on those who purposefully commit tax fraud. According to the Cornell University Legal Information Institute, any person who attempts to evade taxes, under Title 26 USC 7201, is guilty of a felony and can be punished with a maximum of five years in prison and a fine of $250,000 for an individual or $500,000 for a corporation. The same punishment of up to five years in prison and a maximum fine of a quarter million dollars is given for “willful failure to collect or pay over tax.” Additionally, below are some of the other types of tax fraud and the resulting punishments under the General Provisions of 26 U.S. Code Part 1:

Willful failure to file return, supply information, or pay tax:

  • Up to one year in prison; and
  • A fine of up to $100,000 for individuals and up to $200,000 for corporations.

Fraud and false statements:

  • Up to three years in prison; and
  • A fine of up to $25,000 for individuals and up to $500,000 for corporations.

Conspiracy to commit offense or to defraud the United States:

  • Up to five years in prison; and
  • A fine of up to $25,000 for individuals and up to $500,000 for corporations.

Tax Fraud Versus Tax Filing Accidents

There is a big difference between making accidental errors while completing your taxes and willfully omitting funds or making false statements about expenses. According to the IRS, 21 percent of paper filed tax returns have errors, while 0.5 percent of electronic returns have errors. Many people may miss opportunities to write off expenses, but few are faced with charges of tax fraud because of mistakes, though it does happen. If you have been charged with tax fraud and you believe that the IRS is pursuing you for mistakes you made while filing your taxes, an attorney can help resolve this problem quickly.

There is simply too much to risk by attempting to solve this issue on your own, and with a quick call to an experienced Tampa tax fraud defense attorney, you can be on your way to putting this stressful issue to rest. No matter the type of tax fraud you have been charged with or how the accusations came about, contact the Tampa law offices of Roman & Roman today at 877-767-1032 as soon as possible to speak with one of our Tampa Tax Fraud Defense Attorney.

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