Criminal Tax Investigations and Defense
IRS criminal tax investigations are on the rise in North Carolina and across the country. Traditionally, the IRS Criminal Investigation Division has focused on tax evasion, false tax returns, failure to file and late and delinquent tax filings and payments. More recently, the Treasury Department and the IRS have devoted more and more resources to the investigation of abusive tax shelters and assets held in off-shore. The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) is designed to aid U.S. efforts to improve tax compliance involving foreign financial assets and offshore accounts. These investigations sometimes lead to additional charges of bank fraud and mortgage fraud.
Like their IRS counterparts, the North Carolina Department of Revenue Criminal Investigation Division typically investigates tax evasion, false tax returns, failure to file and pay employee withholding taxes. Additionally, the NCDOR-CID investigates failure to file and pay sales and use taxes, employee pay withholding and settles North Carolina residency disputes.
Whether you own a business or you are self-employed, or whether you are a tax preparer or advisor, a CPA or an accountant, if you have been contacted by Special Agents of the Internal Revenue Service or the North Carolina Department of Revenue, you need an experienced criminal tax attorney on your side. Don’t try to handle an IRS criminal tax investigation or North Carolina Department of Revenue criminal tax investigation on your own.
At Tharrington Smith, LLP, we have a passion for law and we offer zealous representation to each of our clients. For assistance with your case, contact us at (919) 861-1325 or contact us online. Our offices are located in downtown Raleigh and we represent clients in state and federal courts across North Carolina.
If you have been served with a Federal Grand Jury Subpoena, an IRS administrative summons for documents, or if you have been visited by the Special Agents of the IRS-CID or NCDOR-CID, we can provide the legal guidance that you need. The IRS may encourage you to make a voluntary disclosure. However, we encourage you to seek the advice of a North Carolina criminal tax lawyer before making any statements to the IRS.
We have successfully represented businesses, individuals, and tax preparers and advisors in state and federal criminal tax cases for more than 20 years. We have the knowledge and experience to guide you through the investigation process with a goal of dissuading the authorities from referring criminal charges. We have successfully asserted the innocent spouse defense in appropriate cases. If you or your business is charged with a criminal tax offense, we have the experience to defend you at trial.
We work with forensic accountants, former IRS and Department of Revenue agents and other professionals to develop your best defense to a criminal tax charge. Whether you are the subject of a criminal tax investigation, or are concerned that you might be in the future, you should consult with an experienced North Carolina criminal attorney immediately. The steps you take now can make all the difference in your case. Contact us today at (919) 861-1325 or contact us online for a consultation. We serve clients in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and throughout the entire state of North Carolina/NC with both IRS criminal investigations and North Carolina Department of Revenue criminal investigations. In addition, we assist and represent businesses and taxpayers across the country in IRS criminal investigations.