Tax Evasion in Florida

Any taxpayer may be at risk of facing tax evasion or fraud charges if they are accused of purposefully avoiding the payment of federal, income, state, sales or employment taxes. This applies whether these taxes are due as an individual or a business entity. This is one a very serious type of white collar crime to be accused of committing because it is committed against the government.

Illegal ways of evading taxes include the following:

  • Failing to report income gained through illegal activities.
  • Reporting illegal income as coming from a legal source.
  • Failing to report another source of income.
  • Writing up or inflating the amount of deductions.
  • Intentionally valuing property too highly.
  • Omitting property when filing.

Under federal law, a defendant may face felony charges and imprisonment for up to 5 years as well as a fine of up to $100,000 ($500,000 if a corporation) for attempting to evade the payment of taxes. Failing to file a tax return may be charged as a misdemeanor punishable by up to 12 months imprisonment and a fine of up to $25,000 ($100,000 if a corporation).

Importance of Hiring a Criminal Defense Lawyer

Working with an experienced defense attorney is crucial if you or your company is under investigation or has been accused of tax evasion. You will need professional help to counter any investigation by state or federal law enforcement agents and will need a licensed attorney to represent your interests inside and outside of the courtroom. At Thomas & Paulk, we are committed to representing defendants in the face of tax fraud and evasion charges. We can lend our support and provide aggressive legal representation at any stage of your case, whether formal charges have been filed against you or your case is still in the investigatory phase.

With our experience in this field and a dedication to providing only the highest quality client service and legal counsel, we are confident that we can secure the best possible result.

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