For all its efforts to streamline taxation and collections, the IRS usually winds up with complicated and unnecessarily repetitive procedures. Such is the case with what it labels “fraudulent returns, statements, and claims.” The phrase can be easily interpreted as simply renaming many other charges that the IRS can lobby at the taxpayer. Indeed, most criminal tax offenses do seem to cross over one another. It is no different with “fraudulent returns, statements, and claims.”
What does the phrase refer to? – in general, to any document or statement you provide to the IRS when you are aware that the document or statement is false. Here are some examples:
- If you sign your tax return knowing that you’ve fudged the figures a little, you’ve just committed fraud.
- If you believe that your neighbor is guilty of reporting his income wrong, but you tell an IRS Special Agent that you’ve never suspected a thing about that neighbor, you’ve just committed fraud.
- If you maintain to the IRS that you didn’t receive that $1,500 in tips for the last quarter, you’ve just committed fraud. If you claim a larger tax refund than you think you’re entitled to, you’ve just committed fraud.
- If you failed to claim your overseas income, all while enjoying a diamond necklace purchased with the proceeds, you’ve just committed fraud.
- And if your company’s officers sat around a table, deliberately strategizing about suspect ways to lower the corporate tax liability, you’ve all just conspired to commit fraud.
In other words, the phrase “fraudulent returns, statements, and claims” encompasses a variety of crimes against the IRS.
If an IRS Special Agent has contacted you or your company concerning felony charges against you for fraudulent returns, statements, or claims, contact Law Offices of Christy Lee, P.C. Our tax boutique relies on years of experience and knowledge concerning the IRS’s methods in prosecuting criminal tax offenses.
We operate with the awareness that the IRS must prove willful intent by the taxpayer to gain a conviction.
Our team of professionals will:
- Review the facts and documents relevant to your case.
- Consult with you to verify the accuracy of the IRS’s file.
- Research the statute of limitations concerning your particular circumstances.
- Strategize the optimum approach to resolving the issues.
- Intercede on your behalf before the IRS.
- And appear on your behalf in court.
Call Law Offices of Christy Lee, P.C., when you need counsel who will vigorously fight to protect you and your rights as a taxpayer.