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Income Tax Evasion - Internal Revenue Code § 7201. When Winning is Your Only Option.

Income Tax Evasion - Internal Revenue Code § 7201.  When Winning is Your Only Option.

Understanding the charge of tax evasion. In the world of federal criminal tax defense, to have a chance to win it is mandatory that both the taxpayer and his legal counsel know the intricate laws and rules that apply to criminal tax cases.

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Highly Skilled Tax Attorney and Sophisticated Businessman, Was Found Guilty of 16-Counts of Willful Failure to Pay Over Withheld Employment Taxes in Violation of 26 U.S.C. § 7202 After Skating for Years

Highly Skilled Tax Attorney and Sophisticated Businessman, Was Found Guilty of 16-Counts of Willful Failure to Pay Over Withheld Employment Taxes in Violation of 26 U.S.C. § 7202  After Skating for Years

The evidence at trial fairly established that Lynch possessed superior knowledge of tax and corporate laws which he used to keep Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") agents from being able to collect taxes due for several entities that related to a collection of businesses related to indoor ice skating - by shifting assets and employees among several entities.

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Understanding Criminal Tax Investigations

Taxpayers who find that they are the target of an IRS tax investigation for possible criminal tax violations are presented with difficult choices that often affect the ultimate outcomes of their cases.

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Court Holds that Definition of "Willful" Is Not The Same In FBAR Civil Penalty Case As In Criminal Tax Cases

Defendants in a FBAR penalty case argued that the Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service has opined that the willfulness standard for purposes of 31 U.S.C. § 5321 is the same as the criminal standard. IRS CCA 200603026. However, the Court held that Chief Counsel Advice may not be used or cited as precedent. 26 U.S.C. § 6110(k)(3) Defendant also argued that the IRS manual stated that the definition of "willfully" was the same for criminal and civil cases. The Court held that the IRS was not bound by statements made in its manual. The Court held that the definition of "willfully" included reckless disregard for the tax laws.

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Court Finds That the Statute of Limitations in a Section 7202 Tax Case Begins When Willfulness Arises.

In general the Internal Revenue Code provides that no action may be maintained more than six years after the commission of a criminal tax violation.
However, the Court has ruled that the statute does not necessarily begin when the tax return was filed or should have been filed.

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The Failure to Instruct the Jury That the Misdemeanor Section 7203 Willful Failure to Pay a Tax is a Lesser Included Offense of Tax Evasion Under Section 7201 is Reversible Error.

A taxpayer requested the trial court to instruct the jury that the willful failure to pay a tax is a lesser included offense of the charge of tax evasion. The trial court committed reversible error by refusing the taxpayer's requested instruction.

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When May the Court Properly Include Interest and Penalties in Its Calculation of Tax Loss For Sentencing Purposes Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

Generally, the Federal Sentencing Guidelines are based upon tax loss. The definition normally does not include interest and penalties. However, when a taxpayer is convicted of a tax offense in which he attempted to evade payment of the tax, interest and penalties, the Court may include interest and penalties in its calculation of tax loss.

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Two Kentucky Men Sentenced to Prison for Stolen Identity Refund Fraud

Two Kentucky men were sentenced to between five and more than six years in prison today after pleading guilty in April and May to conspiring to defraud the United States, wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft.

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