A criminal charge for a scam involving the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is serious and can lead to hefty fines and other life-changing penalties, including incarceration. Therefore, if you face allegations of involvement in an IRS scam, it is essential to act quickly to address the charges and prepare your defense.
At McKenzie Law Firm, P.C, we understand the often-complicated elements of criminal cases involving the IRS. When you work with a Pennsylvania IRS scam lawyer from our legal team, we will develop a solid strategy to address the charges against you. We will explain your options and potential consequences, then find the evidence required to defend against allegations of wrongdoing.
What Is an IRS Scam?
An IRS scam involves any behavior designed to obtain money through fraudulent measures, usually by impersonating IRS agents or other government employees. IRS scams can also include tax scams, such as participating in illegal schemes to avoid paying taxes. The IRS takes these behaviors very seriously and even has a special division to investigate Internal Revenue Code violations.
Additionally, the IRS carries out regular informational campaigns to help consumers identify IRS scams and warn against tax fraud and evasion. They also give consumers multiple avenues to report suspected fraud, including online reporting to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration and the Federal Trade Commission.
If prosecutors accuse you of involvement in an IRS scam in Pennsylvania, our criminal defense attorneys can explain the nature of your charges and work to develop a strategy for your case.
Common Scams Outlined By the IRS
Criminal charges for IRS scams can encompass a wide range of various behaviors, including:
- Fake charities
- IRS impersonation phone scams
- Social media scams
- Economic impact payment or refund theft
- Senior fraud
- Fraudulent return preparation
- Fake agents making repayment demands
- Payroll and HR scams
- Unemployment fraud for identity theft
- Email scams targeting educational institutions
- Scams related to natural disasters
In addition to these scams targeting third-party taxpayers, you may face criminal charges for IRS scams related to:
Criminal Charges for Tax Evasion and Tax Fraud
Some of the most common criminal charges related to IRS scams in Pennsylvania involve tax fraud and evasion. The government might indict you for:
- Filing false returns
- Failure to file a return
- Money laundering
- Employment tax fraud
- Using a fraudulent tax shelter
- Failure to make estimated tax payments
- Intentionally understating your income
- Hiding assets
Our IRS scam lawyers can help you develop a comprehensive defense strategy and build the evidence to fight against the specific charges against you. We can also help if your IRS scam case includes additional charges relating to the particular facts of your case, including:
- Mail fraud
How We Can Help with Your IRS Scam Criminal Case
If you face charges for involvement in an IRS scam in Pennsylvania, we can help build your case to refute the allegations against you. The federal prosecutors from the U.S. Justice Department who handle IRS criminal cases have nearly unlimited resources to pursue charges related to IRS scams. Therefore, it is crucial to prepare your defense carefully.
Our IRS scam attorneys can advocate for your interests and help with your case by:
- Explaining the specific charges against you
- Discussing potential outcomes
- Strategizing options for your defense
- Advising you during questioning
- Gathering evidence
- Following the Federal Rules of Evidence
- Handling all communication
- Negotiating with prosecutors
- Filing all required legal paperwork
- Keeping you informed at every stage of your case
At McKenzie Law Firm, P.C., we will work to protect your rights and aggressively represent your interests. We offer a free initial case evaluation where you can explain your situation, ask questions, and learn more about the potential options available.
After signing with our firm for your Pennsylvania IRS scam case, our criminal lawyers are highly accessible through email, text, phone, and even social media.
Possible Penalties for IRS Scams
The exact criminal penalties you face will depend on the specific nature of the charges against you. However, in many Pennsylvania IRS scam cases, penalties can include:
- Significant fines
- Interest on unpaid taxes
For example, according to 26 U.S.C § 7201, the penalty for willful attempt to evade taxes includes a fine of up to $100,000 and as much as five years in prison. In addition, you may also face specific tax preparer penalties if your charges involve fraudulent tax preparation.
Civil Tax Fraud Penalty
Depending on the facts of your case, you may also face civil fraud penalties. According to IRM 22.214.171.124, civil fraud penalties will be asserted in cases with clear and convincing evidence of tax underpayment due to fraud. In addition, according to 26 U.S.C. § 6663, if the IRS proves that any part of a tax underpayment was due to fraud, a penalty equal to 75% of the portion of the underpayment will be added to the tax amount.
Our IRS scam attorneys can explain the possible penalties that might apply in your case. We can then work with you to develop a strategy to pursue a dismissal of the charges against you or reduce the severity of the penalties in a plea agreement.
Contact McKenzie Law Firm, P.C., for Help with Your IRS Criminal Case in Pennsylvania
Whether you face charges for tax fraud, tax evasion, or another tax scam, our IRS scam lawyers can help. We understand the complicated nature of navigating criminal charges involving the IRS and can work with you at every stage to address the pending allegations and protect your rights. Therefore, it is essential to carefully prepare your defense in any IRS scam case, and we can help ensure you take the necessary steps.
Call us at (610) 991-7219 today for your free consultation to learn more about how we can help with charges for IRS scams in Pennsylvania.