People sometimes fail to pay their taxes. It happens. Sometimes, it is an honest mistake, and other times it is a deliberate act. Can Connecticut residents accused of tax crimes — such as failing to pay — expect jail time?
No two tax crimes cases are created equal. Their are individual circumstances that must be considered. As such, jail time is not expected in every case. In fact, most people can and do avoid jail, as the IRS knows incarceration will not help their ability to pay their tax debts.
Jail will only be on the table if criminal charges are filed. Tax fraud or tax evasion charges may be filed if the IRS believes that one lied on his or her tax returns or is purposely hiding money. People who simply fall behind on paying taxes, usually due to a lack of funds, will not face criminal charges. Instead, their cases will likely be handled in civil court. The worst that can happen if one loses in civil court is he or she will have to pay any judgment awarded to the other party.
Are all tax crimes cases handled in some type of court? No. Believe it or not, sometimes, it is possible to settle such issues out of court. It all depends on the details of one’s case. Connecticut residents who are facing criminal or civil tax crimes charges may turn to an experienced tax attorney, who will be able to help them resolve their cases as swiftly as possible.
Source: FindLaw, “Can You Go to Jail for Not Paying Taxes?“, Accessed on Dec. 28, 2017