Providing Skilled Defense in Tax Fraud Cases
IRS Criminal Investigation (CI) serves as the law enforcement arm of the Internal Revenue Service. The CI special agents draw upon their specialized skills, expert training and sophisticated forensic technology to investigate potential criminal violations of the Internal Revenue Code. When taxpayers take deliberate steps to hide money and defraud the government, the CI will launch an in-depth investigation which can lead to criminal prosecution and potential time in prison.
The IRS CI places a strong emphasis on investigating and combatting fraudulent activities. The CI classifies fraud into a number of different categories, including:
- Return Preparer Fraud
- Abusive Tax Schemes
- Bankruptcy Fraud
- Corporate Fraud
- Employment Tax Evasion Schemes
- Financial Institution Fraud
- Illegal Gaming Operations
- General Fraud
- Healthcare Fraud
- Identity Theft Schemes
- Insurance Fraud
- International Investigations
- Money Laundering & Bank Secrecy Act
- Mortgage and Real Estate Fraud
- Narcotics-Related Crimes
- Non-Filer Frivolous Arguments
- Public Corruption Crimes
- Fraudulent Refund Schemes
The General Fraud Program represents the CI’s largest enforcement program.
This program investigates a wide range of tax fraud activities in violation of the tax laws, including:
- Deliberately excluding or underreporting income
- Inflating and overstating deduction amounts
- Maintaining two sets of books or records
- Making false entries in books and records
- Taking false deductions
- Claiming personal expenses as business expenses
- Concealing or transferring assets or income
It is important to understand that the CI’s tax fraud investigations cover individual taxpayers, businesses and professionals, including tax preparers. Dishonest tax professionals initiating or taking part in alleged tax fraud schemes have been investigated and prosecuted for federal tax fraud.
Discuss Your Situation with a Maryland Criminal Tax Lawyer
Thorn Law Group is a leading tax law firm representing individual taxpayers, tax professionals, corporations, trusts and other types of organizations that have been accused of tax fraud and other criminal tax violations. A tax fraud investigation is a very serious matter that is best handled by a team of skilled tax attorneys with extensive knowledge of how the government initiates and prosecutes criminal tax law cases.
At Thorn Law Group our attorneys are well-positioned to develop sophisticated tactics and strategies to successfully defend clients in Maryland, across the nation and around the globe. Many of our lawyers have worked as IRS attorneys before entering private practice and we leverage this unique insight to help guide our clients through each phase of the criminal tax investigation process. We understand that a great deal is at stake and we are committed to taking the necessary steps to prevent the harmful effects of IRS criminal investigations and indictments.
If you know or suspect that you have become a target of a tax fraud investigation, you should discuss your situation with the Thorn Law Group today. Time is crucial in these types of cases and working with a skilled tax litigation lawyer as early on as possible is the best way to protect your legal rights and interests. Contact the Maryland offices of Thorn Law Group to schedule a confidential consultation with Kevin E. Thorn, Managing Partner.