Lexington Tax Evasion Attorney
The most powerful government agency is the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
In South Carolina their efforts are supported by the South Carolina Department
of Revenue (DOR). They have nearly unlimited resources available to them
to investigate, pursue and prosecute those suspected of committing tax
evasion offenses. When they uncover evidence they believe shows a tax
crime was committed they can impose swift and severe penalties, including
the seizure of bank accounts, financial accounts, and other assets. Not
only can assets be seized, and tax penalties be imposed, there can be
substantial criminal penalties against those who the government suspects
have committed tax fraud or tax evasion. This can result in the imposition
of fines as well as a sentence in a Federal or State prison.
Fighting a Tax Evasion Charge
As soon as you believe that you may be at risk for an arrest you should
consult with an attorney for a confidential consultation. Quickly obtaining
the services of a
criminal defense attorney can be the difference between a case being successfully resolved
or not. We will involve professional forensic accountants, certified public
accounts, and other professions on your team as necessary to help present
your defense to any tax related allegations.
Simple Mistakes Don't Violate Criminal Law
Simply owing taxes to the IRS or the DOR is not a criminal offense. There
are honest mistakes that people can make that can result in underreporting
or underpaying a legitimate tax debt. In order to be an effective criminal
case against you the government must have evidence that you intended to
defraud your tax obligations. If your tax problems can be shown to be
the result of a simple mistake, not an intentional act, it may be possible
to have them resolved through the imposition of administrative penalties
(such as a late tax penalty or interest). In some cases even those penalties
can be reduced or lowered.
What should you do if you are concerned about a tax issue?
The IRS and DOR are primarily concerning with generating revenue for the
government. Their primary mission is not to act as a law enforcement agency,
or to criminal prosecute individuals. For that reason people who come
forward and cooperate regarding tax issues are frequently worked with
by those agencies, and not prosecuted. For this reason we recommend that
anyone who is concerned about a possible investigation or arrest for tax
evasion get professional help as soon as possible, even if you have not
received an investigation or audit notice.
Types of Tax Evasion Cases
The Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr., LLC, represents clients charged
in the following types of tax related criminal cases:
- Failure to file tax returns
- False deductions
- Forged Receipts
- Money Laundering
- Under reporting business income
- Improper tax refund submissions
Contact a Lexington Tax Crimes Attorney
Our founding attorney,
James R. Snell, Jr., is admitted to practice before the United States District Court. Additionally
he has been admitted to practice before the United States Tax Court. If
you have been arrested for a tax offense, or are under investigation,
contact our office for a confidential consultation today.