How to Handle Serious Criminal Tax Matters
There is a difference between a mistake and a crime. Unfortunately, the government may interpret your actions as something more than a mistake, and you may be the subject of a criminal investigation or even charged with a tax crime.
At the Law Office of Williams & Associates, P.C., our practice focuses on tax issues, including the defense against criminal tax crimes. From our office in Sacramento, our attorneys can represent individuals and business owners in criminal tax investigations initiated at the federal level, by a state tax agency or by the California Tax Recovery and Criminal Enforcement (TRaCE) Task Force.
Can You Help Me with My Criminal Tax Issues?
The following are examples of the criminal tax issues we handle:
- Tax evasion
- Willful failure to file a tax return
- Preparing false returns
- Aiding and abetting tax fraud
- Failure to file currency transaction reports
- Conspiracy to impede or defeat the collection of tax
- Tax structuring crimes
Tax crimes may be charged against people other than the taxpayer, such as business partners, corporate officers and certain fiduciaries, if those people are involved in the tax matters under investigation. Additional California state tax law violations may also apply.
Investigations and Criminal Referrals
If you think you may be a target of an investigation by the IRS Criminal Investigation Division (CID), or a California tax agency, including the TRaCE Task Force, our attorneys can work to resolve your case prior to a criminal referral to the U.S. Department of Justice or a District Attorney’s office in California, or prior to an arrest. Our lawyers have successfully handled cases for clients under criminal investigation and for individuals charged with tax crimes.
We can assist you with your defense or negotiate a plea agreement if that is your best option. We can also advise you in grand jury proceedings.
If you are charged with a crime involving a tax agency, it is crucial to have a tax attorney on your defense team. Our attorneys know the tax law necessary to your defense. We often work with other criminal defense lawyers in cases that involve allegations of tax crimes to defend you or help you avoid criminal charges altogether through negotiations with tax authorities.