Federal tax cases are almost exclusively investigated by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Within the IRS are groups of criminal investigators, known as the Criminal Investigation Division (CID). CID agents receive leads on potential criminal tax cases from a variety of sources, including whistle blowers, anonymous informants, and referrals from the civil audit division of IRS. Criminal tax offenses include tax evasion, tax perjury, and conspiracy to defraud the United States of tax revenue. The fact that an amount of tax was not paid does not mean there was a criminal evasion.
Tax cases are also investigated on the state level. We have been involved in a number of cases defending clients investigated by the Florida Department of Revenue for sales tax evasion.
The methods and standards of proof in criminal tax cases is different than in other criminal cases. The government’s investigative process is also different. He has over 25 years of experience handling criminal tax cases. Moreover, as needed, Barnett, Bolt, Kirkwood, Long, Koche & Foster, P.A. brings in knowledgeable and experienced CPAs and former IRS-CID agents to assist us in our representation of our clients in these matters. We have been successful in defeating CID investigations and negotiating civil settlements, although every case is different, and must be evaluated on its own merits.
If you are at risk of a federal or state tax charge, it is in your best interest to consult with a lawyer skilled in white collar criminal defense. To arrange a consultation with Barnett, Bolt, Kirkwood, Long, Koche & Foster, P.A., please contact us at 813-253-2020 or firstname.lastname@example.org.