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New Jersey Tax Evasion Defense Attorney

Experienced Tax Evasion Lawyer Skillfully Represents Clients In Camden County, Burlington County, Gloucester County, And Throughout South Jersey

Let’s face it: nobody wants to pay taxes. And most Americans dread tax season for a whole host of reasons including the cumbersome process of sorting receipts, sifting through piles of paper, trying to decipher complex tax laws, and conducting numerous mathematical calculations. Not to mention that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) changes the tax laws every year. A skilled New Jersey tax evasion defense attorney can help if you’re facing tax evasion charges.

It is certainly understandable when someone makes a mistake on a tax return. And if you do make a mistake on your tax return, chances are that the IRS will catch the discrepancy and reach out to you to correct the error. What the IRS will also catch is if you intentionally try to pay less than what you owe. Or if you try to skip paying taxes altogether. Those actions are not viewed as simple mistakes or miscalculations; they are considered tax evasion. And tax evasion is a federal crime.

But because U.S. tax laws are complex and ever changing, it can be quite difficult to determine what is considered a legal tax deduction and what is considered a criminal act. And at The Law Offices of Michele Finizio, we understand. Our experienced New Jersey tax evasion defense attorney skillfully represents clients throughout South Jersey who are facing tax evasion charges.

Tax Attorney Understands Complexities of U.S. Tax Law To Build Strong Defenses For Clients

Many taxpayers have errors on their tax returns, and many others don’t pay the tax that is due. Are these considered tax evasion?

The IRS definition of tax evasion is willfully attempting to evade or defeat any tax in any manner. To be considered tax evasion, the taxpayer must act intentionally in an attempt to evade tax assessment or payment of tax. In the United States, any person committing tax evasion is guilty of a felony, and penalties may include steep fines, prison time, or both.

The following are some examples of tax evasion:

  • Filing a false tax return
  • Under-reporting income
  • Hiding income sources
  • Holding property in another person’s name
  • Overstating tax deductions
  • Generating false invoices
  • Maintaining two sets of books 
  • Destroying financial records

The knowledgeable New Jersey tax evasion defense attorney at The Law Offices of Michele Finizio understands the complexities of tax laws and builds strong cases for our New Jersey clients who are charged with tax evasion.

Skilled Defense Attorney Offers Free Consultation For Individuals Charged With Tax Evasion In New Jersey

New Jersey Tax Evasion Defense Attorney

When tax season comes around, you may tell yourself that it isn’t a big deal if you aren’t exactly truthful on your tax return. After all, who would know? The answer to that question is that the IRS will know. And if you intentionally use illegal methods to hide money or you misrepresent your financial information to avoid paying taxes and evading tax laws, you face a charge of tax evasion. Tax evasion is a criminal felony and the penalties for conviction include up to five years in jail and a fine of up to $100,000.

Tax laws are complicated. And tax evasion charges are serious. Let us help. The skilled legal team at The Law Offices of Michele Finizio includes a former federal prosecutor with in-depth knowledge of the laws surrounding tax evasion. We are dedicated to fighting on behalf of our New Jersey clients charged with tax evasion. To learn more about the New Jersey tax evasion defense attorney at The Law Offices of Michele Finizio and how we can help your case, schedule a confidential consultation with our office.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Facing Tax Evasion Charges In New Jersey

What is the difference between tax evasion and tax avoidance?

While tax evasion and tax avoidance may sound similar, they have some important differences. For starters, tax avoidance is legal. Tax avoidance is a common tax planning strategy that serves to minimize an individual’s tax liability and maximize their asset’s earning potential. Tax avoidance strategies may include tools such as earned income credits, tax deductions, contributions to employee retirement plans (401Ks), Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs), and other tax credits. Tax evasion, on the other hand, is a federal crime. When an individual commits tax evasion, they intentionally take measures to avoid paying the tax that they owe. Those committing tax evasion may seek opportunities and methods to transfer their assets or invest their money in countries that have lower — or no — taxes. Tax evasion also includes not reporting income or underreporting income, or not paying the taxes that the individual owes. To learn more about federal tax incentives and credits that may reduce your overall tax liability, contact the New Jersey tax attorney at The Law Offices of Michele Finizio to arrange for a free consultation.

What is the penalty if I don’t file a tax return?

Failure to file a tax return is considered a misdemeanor. In most cases, the result is a criminal tax penalty. Individuals can face up to one year in jail and a $25,000 fine for each year that they fail to file a tax return. Criminal charges for failure to file a tax return may only be brought against the individual if more than six years have passed since the tax return filing deadline. So if you have not filed a tax return for any of the six prior years, it is not too late to send in your return, and it is in your best interests to do so before the IRS contacts you. If you have received an IRS notice regarding your tax return, contact the New Jersey tax evasion defense attorney at The Law Offices of Michele Finizio.

Is filing a fraudulent tax return the same as tax evasion?

No. Filing a fraudulent tax return is a form of tax fraud and is considered a felony. Penalties for tax fraud may include up to three years in prison, and a fine of up to $100,000.

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