New Jersey Tax Evasion Lawyers Assist Clients Facing Federal Tax Fraud Charges
Although some people may underpay their taxes after making an honest mistake on their return, some people intentionally avoid tax liabilities by willfully misreporting their financial information to the government. People who purposely evade federal taxes may be subject to tax fraud charges. A conviction for tax evasion can carry serious penalties, including substantial fines, back taxes and interest, and potentially even prison time. To avoid the most serious consequences of an arrest or conviction for tax evaluation, turn to the federal tax fraud defense attorneys of Agre & St. John for help.
Our legal team has seven decades of criminal law experience, including having handled cases on both sides of the courtroom. Our background as former prosecutors gives us unique insight into how the government prepares and pursues criminal cases, allowing us to develop tailored legal strategies to secure favorable outcomes for our clients. We pride ourselves on our well-respected reputation for obtaining great results in the cases we handle. When you choose us to represent you in a tax fraud case, you can expect us to fight for your interest as hard as necessary, even if that means going to trial in your case.
If you’ve been arrested and charged with tax fraud, you need experienced legal representation to effectively defend against your charges. Contact Agre & St. John for a free initial case review to talk to our New Jersey tax evasion lawyers about your legal options.
When facing federal charges, trust Agre & St. John's experienced attorneys to mount a vigorous defense and protect your rights in complex federal criminal cases. Call 856-454-8674 or complete our online contact form for a confidential consultation.
Federal Tax Evasion Laws
The basic federal tax evasion statute is contained in 26 U.S.C. s. 7201. Under this statute, it is illegal for any person to willfully attempt to evade or defeat any federal tax or to evade the payment of any taxes imposed by law. Other federal tax evasion statutes make it illegal to:
- Willfully fail to collect and pay over any required taxes, such as collecting and remitting payroll taxes
- Willfully fail to file a tax return or supply required information on a return
- Make fraudulent statements or fail to make required statements to employees
- Fraudulently withhold exemption certificates
- Make false or fraudulent statements in connection with the collection and payment of taxes, including the filing of fraudulent tax returns or statements
A conviction for tax fraud or tax evasion requires the government to prove your criminal intent beyond a reasonable doubt. Many people charged with tax evasion will raise a defense that they did not intend to fail to collect or pay taxes or did not willfully provide false information on tax returns or statements. It is not illegal to erroneously put the wrong information on a tax return; such activity becomes illegal when done for the purpose of avoiding taxes one lawfully owes under the Internal Revenue Code.
Another potential defense to charges of tax fraud would be to argue that you relied upon the professional advice of an accountant or tax attorney in preparing and paying taxes. If you acted upon the advice of a tax professional, then you might argue that you lacked the intent to defraud the government in the payment of taxes. However, taxpayers who discover inaccuracies on their tax filings have a duty to correct those filings and pay any additional tax owed; failing to do so may lead to charges of tax evasion.
Don't face federal charges alone – schedule a confidential consultation with Agre & St. John's skilled defense team to understand your options and build a robust defense strategy.
How Can the Federal Tax Fraud Defense Attorneys at Agre & St. John Help You Fight Back Against Your Charges
Federal prosecutors typically file tax fraud charges when cases involve allegations of willfully failing to pay significant amounts of taxes. As a result, a conviction may carry serious penalties that include prison times, fines, penalties, and back taxes. You need experienced legal representation to protect your personal and financial interests when facing tax evasion charges. Turn to the New Jersey tax evasion lawyers of Agre & St. John to help you by:
- Securing all available evidence by thoroughly investigating the allegations against you
- Evaluating your legal options and potential defenses or case strategies, including working with forensic accountants and financial experts when necessary
- Discussing your charges with you and answering questions you may have to provide the information you need to make decision at each stage of your case
- Challenging the government’s case at every opportunity, including by moving to exclude inadmissible or unlawfully obtained evidence or to dismiss your charges for lack of sufficient evidence
- Pursuing a favorable resolution to your charges, including negotiating with the prosecution for a favorable plea deal that may allow you to avoid prison time, or advocating in your defense at trial if you decide to contest your charges
Contact Us for a Free Confidential Consultation to Discuss Your Options in Your Case with Our New Jersey Tax Evasion Lawyers
The federal government vigorously prosecutes charges of tax fraud. Get legal help to protect your rights and future when you’ve been indicted for tax fraud. Contact Agre & St. John today for a free consultation to learn how our federal tax fraud defense attorneys will fight to secure a favorable resolution to your case.