Los Angeles Tax Fraud Attorney
We Represent Individuals and Businesses in Los Angeles that are Facing Allegations of Federal Tax Fraud from the IRS
If you live or work in Los Angeles, you owe obligations to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). You must report your worldwide income from all sources, and you must pay the full amount you owe on a timely basis. If you fail to meet any of your obligations under the Internal Revenue Code, you can face allegations of federal tax fraud, and you can face penalties including substantial fines and long-term federal imprisonment.
As a result, if you are facing a federal tax audit or you are under investigation by the IRS, it is extremely important that you take the steps required in order to protect yourself. This means ensuring that you maintain (or come into) compliance with the Internal Revenue Code, avoiding mistakes that could enhance the IRS’s scrutiny or your exposure to penalties, and engaging experienced tax fraud defense counsel promptly. At Oberheiden P.C., our federal defense lawyers have extensive experience in federal tax fraud matters, including prior experience prosecuting federal tax fraud cases at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).
A Federal Defense Law Firm with Former DOJ Prosecutors and Federal Special Agents
As a federal defense law firm, we routinely represent clients in matters involving allegations of tax fraud and other fraud-related offenses. Our clients include doctors, public figures, business owners, and other high-net-worth individuals, and we provide representation for corporate entities in federal fraud enforcement matters as well. We serve clients in Los Angeles, throughout California, and nationwide.
In addition to centuries of combined experience as federal defense counsel, several of our attorneys also have decades of prior experience as white-collar prosecutors. Working as DOJ lawyers, U.S. Attorneys, and Assistant U.S. Attorneys, our lawyers handled high-stakes federal fraud cases throughout the country. We also engage the services of former special agents with the DOJ, IRS Criminal Investigations (IRS CI), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and other agencies who bring invaluable insights to assisting clients during federal tax fraud investigations.
Facing a Federal Tax Fraud Investigation in Los Angeles
While the IRS is the federal agency that is ultimately responsible for enforcing U.S. taxpayers’ obligations under the Internal Revenue Code, multiple agencies are involved in investigating and prosecuting cases of suspected tax fraud. The DOJ and FBI are also heavily involved in federal tax fraud enforcement; and, depending on the substantive issues involved, various other agencies may get involved as well. This includes agencies ranging from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG).
When facing a federal tax fraud investigation in Los Angeles, it is imperative to promptly engage the services of experienced federal defense counsel. At Oberheiden P.C., our federal defense practice encompasses providing representation for individuals and corporate entities facing allegations of:
- Underreporting and underpaying federal income tax liability
- Underreporting and underpaying self-employment, unemployment, Social Security, and Medicare tax liability
- Failing to collect or remit employment-related taxes or income tax withholdings
- Failing to timely disclose offshore accounts and other offshore assets
- Failing to report income from cryptocurrency transactions
- Fraudulently claiming deductions and federal tax exemptions
- Fraudulently claiming tax-exempt status
In addition to fraud offenses that relate specifically to the obligations imposed by the Internal Revenue Code, federal tax fraud investigations will often target a broad range of other related offenses as well. In addition to the above, our lawyers and former federal agents also have deep experience in federal investigations targeting:
- Attempt to commit fraud
- Conspiracy to commit fraud
- Identity theft
- Mail fraud and wire fraud
- Making false statements to federal agents
- Money laundering
- Securities fraud, healthcare fraud, and other substantive fraud offenses
What is at Risk if You are Under Investigation for Federal Tax Fraud?
Under federal law, the consequences of engaging in tax fraud can be severe. While many tax fraud cases result in civil penalties, (i) the civil penalties for tax fraud can be substantial, and (ii) some federal tax fraud investigations are criminal in nature. Furthermore, even if an investigation is civil in nature initially, it is possible that the evidence uncovered could lead to a criminal inquiry by IRS Criminal Investigations (IRS CI) or the U.S. Department of Justice. For these reasons, you need to be extremely careful regardless of the current scope of the allegations against you, and this includes making sure that you do not inadvertently disclose any information that could potentially support allegations of intentional (and therefore criminal) tax fraud.
In civil tax fraud audits and investigations, potential consequences include liability for back taxes, interest, and monetary penalties. In criminal tax fraud investigations, potential consequences include statutory fines and jail time. For example, under 26 U.S.C. Section 7201 (Attempt to Evade or Defeat Tax):
“Any person who willfully attempts in any manner to evade or defeat any tax imposed by this title or the payment thereof shall, in addition to other penalties provided by law, be guilty of a felony and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not more than $100,000 ($500,000 in the case of a corporation), or imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both, together with the costs of prosecution.”
If you are charged with identity theft, money laundering, or any of the other above-listed offenses in addition to being charged with federal tax fraud, you could easily be at risk for millions of dollars in criminal fines and a decade or more behind bars.
What are Your Options for Resolving Issues Involving Federal Tax Fraud?
If you are under investigation for federal tax fraud, or if you have come to learn that your federal returns may be inaccurate or incomplete, what options do you have available? Depending on the circumstances involved, our federal defense lawyers and consultants may be able to assist you by:
- Filing Amended Federal Tax Returns – In some cases, it will be possible to amend your federal tax returns and avoid unwanted scrutiny. Under the right circumstances, amending your returns proactively (and paying what you owe) can help you avoid facing a federal tax fraud audit or investigation.
- Negotiating a Settlement Agreement or Offer In Compromise – If you have inadvertently underpaid your federal tax liability, your best option may be to resolve your tax fraud case by negotiating a settlement agreement or an offer in compromise. Both involve special IRS procedures, and you will need to work with an experienced federal defense lawyer to make sure your interests are adequately protected.
- Voluntary Compliance – The IRS offers a few different “voluntary compliance” options for individuals and corporate entities that have failed to fully comply with the Internal Revenue Code. While taking advantage of these options can limit your exposure to IRS penalties, disclosing transgressions to the IRS can also be very risky; and, before doing so, you need to thoroughly review the facts of your case with an experienced federal tax defense attorney.
- Seeking Relief in the Tax Court or Filing an Appeal – If you are facing additional liability as the result of an IRS auditor’s or agent’s determination that you have underpaid your federal taxes, our tax defense attorneys may be able to assist you by taking your case to the U.S. Tax Court or filing an audit appeal.
- Fighting to Prevent a Grand Jury Indictment – In cases involving allegations of criminal tax fraud, the next major step after the government’s investigation is a grand jury indictment. At Oberheiden P.C., we have had significant success helping clients avoid indictments after being served with federal grand jury subpoenas.
- Executing a Litigation Defense Strategy – If you are indicted on charges of federal tax fraud, your case will be scheduled for trial in the U.S. District Court in downtown Los Angeles. However, it may still be possible to favorably resolve your case prior to trial; and, if going to trial is your best option, our senior federal defense lawyers will be fully prepared to fight for your freedom in court.
- Demonstrating Compliance and Avoiding Liability for Federal Tax Fraud – Of course, if at all possible, we will use the available evidence to demonstrate that no additional liability is warranted. There are many possible defenses to allegations of tax fraud, and the government has the burden of proving that you have underreported or underpaid. Relying on our attorneys’ and former federal agents’ centuries of combined experience in federal fraud cases, we will work diligently to protect you by all means available.
Regardless of the circumstances at hand, if you are facing allegations of federal tax fraud in Los Angeles, you need to engage experienced federal defense counsel promptly. To speak with one of our senior federal tax fraud defense lawyers in confidence as soon as possible, request a complimentary case assessment today. You can reach us 24/7.
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