The Internal Revenue Service, state and local governments take a tough stance against people or corporations that do not pay their taxes or submit false tax forms. In some instances, convictions for tax evasion can result in significant fines or possible prison time.
At Mazzoni Karam Petorak & Valvano, we understand the seriousness of such charges. That’s why we want to meet with you and discuss the details of your case. Our experienced Scranton tax evasion attorneys have years of experience handling white collar criminal investigations involving various tax-related criminal charges.
What is Tax Evasion?
Tax evasion cases generally fall into two major categories. The most common forms of tax evasion generally include:
- Failure to pay taxes – Whether intentionally or by accident, some people or corporations do not pay their local, state or federal taxes, including estimated taxes. Stories abound about people or corporations that do not pay their taxes for years.
- Tax fraud – In such instances, a person or corporation submits tax forms with false information intended to deceive the government. Forms of tax fraud often include:
- Under reporting income
- Falsifying deductions
- Concealment of assets
Other forms of tax evasion exist. If you are dealing with different types of tax problems or are being audited by the IRS, you might need a tax fraud attorney to handle your complicated case.
What is the Penalty in Pennsylvania?
The penalties for tax evasion and tax fraud in Pennsylvania vary widely. The biggest difference between a mild or harsh penalty often depends largely on whether someone intentionally tried to avoid paying taxes.
If someone made a careless mistake and did not pay certain taxes, the IRS might forgive such a mistake or perhaps assess the person or corporation filing corrected tax forms a 20 percent penalty.
If the government determines that a person or corporation knowingly submitted false tax forms in an attempt to avoid paying taxes, the penalty for tax fraud can climb as a high as a 75 percent penalty.
Depending on the amount of money involved, people convicted of tax fraud might be sentenced to prison time. This is especially true if the government determines that a person convicted of tax fraud made money through illegal activities such as illegal drug distribution, organize crime or other RICO or racketeering violations.
Why Do You Need a Tax Evasion Attorney?
Our Scranton tax evasion attorneys at Mazzoni Karam Petorak & Valvano have extensive experience handling complicated cases in Scranton and throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania. Along with tax law, our attorneys are well versed in real estate law and wills, trusts, and estates.
Even if you violated state or federal tax laws, you still have rights and protections that must be protected throughout any investigation into your tax returns. Contact us for a free consultation. Call (570) 348-0776.