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The Fine Line Between Tax Avoidance And Tax Evasion

Your tax planning may involve shelters, havens, avoidance, evasion – identifying what is completely lawful and what is a crime is not always clear.  Walking the fine line between tax avoidance and tax evasion therefore sometimes require the services of an experienced business crime attorney in Jacksonville.

Federal and local tax authorities investigate for tax fraud and tax evasion in instances where they suspect:

  • Willful failure to file tax returns
  • Fake claims for deductions or depreciation
  • Failure to report income in an offshore account
  • Fraudulent tax shelter and trust schemes
  • Claims of non-existent dependents
  • Failure to forward payroll tax
  • Sales tax fraud

The federal tax code and regulations are incredibly complex and constantly changing. The IRS publishes guidelines to assist professional tax preparers. However, if the IRS levels charges of tax fraud against you, the complexity of the tax code provides no excuse for undertaking certain financial strategies. When squaring off against the IRS, you will need the assistance of a skilled Jacksonville tax evasion attorney who can realistically assess your situation and maximize your chances of showing the tax authorities that you are on the right side of the tax planning line.

The discreet and reputable Jacksonville white collar crime attorneys at Fallgatter Catlin & Varon, P.A. have more than 80 years of combined criminal law experience, and practice in both state and federal courts. We work tirelessly to have fraud charges dismissed or, in the alternative, to hammer out a settlement with the tax authorities in order to save you interest and penalties and keep you out of prison.