North Carolina Tax Evasion Lawyer
The difference between tax avoidance and tax evasion can be a fine line. If the Internal Revenue Service or North Carolina Department of Revenue concludes you engaged in the latter, the consequences are severe. You could face jail time, major fines and a felony record, plus the fallout in your business and personal life.
If you have been contacted by the IRS or state authorities, or suspect you are under investigation for tax evasion, immediately contact defense attorney Patrick and his team of attorneys at Roberts of Roberts Law Group, PLLC. Mr. Roberts is a former prosecutor who can challenge the government’s case and forcefully assert your rights.
Tax Avoidance Vs. Tax Evasion
It’s perfectly legal to minimize your tax burden through deductions, losses, tax credits, tax-deferred investments and other offsets. But certain practices are construed by the IRS or the North Carolina Department of Revenue as red flags for manipulating taxable income and evading tax payment.
The federal statute (U.S.C. § 7201) states: “Any person who willfully attempts in any manner to evade or defeat any tax imposed …” Under this broad definition, you could face criminal tax evasion charges for alleged actions such as:
· Underreporting income
· Hiding money in illegal tax shelters
· Diverting income or transferring assets to a third party
· Falsifying or destroying records
· Claiming phony or overstated deductions
· Claiming phantom or ineligible dependents
Tax evasion is a felony punishable by up to five years in prison and/or a fine of up to $100,000 (or $500,000 for a corporation), plus the costs of prosecution.
A Former Prosecutor Fighting For You
Patrick Roberts formerly served as a Assistant District Attorney in three North Carolina counties. He uses those prosecutorial insights to challenge the evidence and deconstruct the State’s arguments. To convict someone for tax evasion or other tax fraud, the government must prove criminal intent. We work to show that what the prosecution sees as a “willful attempt” or tax avoidance scheme was an honest mistake, bad advice from a tax professional, or otherwise unintentional.
Call Us At The First Hint Of Trouble
Before you say one word to investigators, contact attorneys who are experienced in white collar crime defense. Roberts Law Group, PLLC, will take swift and aggressive steps to counter the prosecution and limit the adverse impact on your life. Call us at 877-880-5753 or contact us online today.