Defenses to Tax Evasion

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What Are Possible Defenses if I am Accused of Tax Evasion?

Tax evasion is a crime, so all the defenses available for other crimes can be used.  Common defenses include: 

Is There a Different Criminal Process to Prosecute Tax Evasion? 

Since many taxes are considered federal taxes, federal agencies (like the IRS) are commonly in charge of prosecuting tax evasion cases rather than law enforcement.  The difference is that instead of normal criminal procedure, there is a federal process.  Since there are multiple stages to go through, your attorney may be able to sit down with these agencies at these different stages and allow you to avoid a trial or even being charged. 

How Likely Will Any of These Defenses Work?

The best way to determine this is to consult an experienced attorney.  An experienced attorney will be able to analyze your situation and determine the best defenses to pursue.  If you are accused of tax evasion, it would be preferably to retain an attorney who is experienced in federal tax law.

The best way to determine this is to consult an experienced attorney.  An experienced attorney will be able to analyze your situation and determine the best defenses to pursue.  If you are accused of tax evasion, it would be preferably to retain an attorney who is experienced in federal tax law.

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Last Modified: 06-21-2012 03:45 PM PDT

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