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Defense tip: negotiate with the IRS before the indictment

A liquor store co-owner recently learned the harsh consequences for federal tax evasion the hard way. The 67-year-old man’s conviction for tax evasion and conspiring to defraud the United States has resulted in a 41-month prison sentence. His sentence also includes an order to pay restitution to the Internal Revenue Service.

According to the allegations, the man misreported almost $4 million in cash sales. The deception also included a double set of books. Since those books were provided to the man’s accountant, the resulting corporate tax return underreported the liquor store’s gross receipts and taxable income.

If the prosecution of this case has a message, it may be that the IRS views the obligation of accurately reporting income very seriously. For workers in industries with cash sales, this may result in extra scrutiny from the IRS.

If you are facing charges for tax fraud and/or tax evasion, make sure you have an experienced tax attorney on your side. The IRS has a demonstrated record of success in prosecuting these cases in federal court. Although there may be opportunities for settlement even after litigation is underway, our law firm believes that early negotiation is often the best strategy.

Even before the initial indictment, a taxpayer may have an opportunity to administratively resolve disputes with the IRS. If you receive a letter or other communication from a federal or state tax collector, seek out the experienced representation of a tax attorney. From audit representation to criminal tax defense, our law firm has the experience to protect your interests.

Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal, “Owner of Las Vegas liquor stores gets prison term in tax evasion case,” Lawren Linehan, March 6, 2017

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