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Tax Evasion

Federal Tax evasion Lawyer Bradford Cohen is licensed to practice before the US Tax Court and can assist you with not only the criminal tax evasion case, but the possible civil tax case that may proceed the matter. In some cases we may be able to resolve your tax liability prior to a criminal charge being filed. We may also be able to negotiate a Offer in Compromise where the IRS will except a lesser amount then what is allegedly owed. There are also other options when it comes to settling a IRS civil lien or tax debt, such as payment plans. The key to a successful defense to a Federal Tax case is organization, knowledge and most of all early intervention. Do not ignore your IRS tax inquiry at the civil stage. If you can get organized and retain counsel early enough, it may mitigate the exposure you have on the civil and the criminal side of a US tax prosecution.

26 U.S.C. § 7201 (2005). The Crime

Under section 7201, it is a crime for a person to

  • willfully attempt in any manner to
  • evade or
  • defeat
  • any tax imposed by this title or the payment thereof.
The Punishment

Violating section 7201 will constitute a felony, and the punishment for doing so is

  • a fine of not more than $ 100,000 ($ 500,000 in the case of a corporation),
  • imprisonment for not more than 5 years, or
  • both.

Furthermore, the defendant will have to pay the costs of prosecution.