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Tax fraud or negligence? The difference matters

As April 15th descends like a cloud upon tax-paying Americans, individuals and corporations alike are scurrying to get all of their ducks in a row. Figures involving income, expenses, deductions, dependents, etc. must all be tracked down, categorized, organized, and reported.

If your extra income putting you at risk of criminal charges?

Most people are familiar with the phrase "tax evasion" and know that if they intentionally try to avoid their true tax liability, then they could be charged with committing a crime. But if you're like most people in this country, you probably think of CEOs or large corporations as the guilty parties in tax evasion cases. While this may be true on occasion, it's worth pointing out that anyone can be accused of this crime.

How bank account activity could lead to a legal mess with the IRS

Did you know that if a business or an individual frequently deposits cash in amounts close to but below $10,000, a financial institution has the right to alert the IRS? If you didn't, you're not alone. Many people across the nation, including some here in Georgia, may not know that the Bank Secrecy Act gives financial institutions this power, nor do many realize that this report of cash flow could lead to criminal accusations from the federal government as well.

IRS promises enforcement of laws this tax season

Even though the month of March just started, we know that many people are already thinking about the month of April and the approaching tax return deadline. But just as filers are thinking about their tax returns, so too is the IRS who, much as it has in previous years, promises more scrutiny on returns this year in an effort to catch criminal activities.

Fraudulent tax filings put TurboTax customers at risk of scrutiny

TurboTax is warning customers who filed previous tax returns to watch their accounts carefully in the months to come. That's because the company was able to identify an alarming number of fraudulent state-tax filings the company believes was the result of recent data breaches. It's believed that customer information may have been compromised, which was then used to illegally obtain "bogus refunds."

Fight criminal tax violation charges with experienced counsel

Tax evasion, the crime of using unlawful methods to avoid reporting income, is one that can have serious consequences. Not only is failing to file a tax return a crime, but so is filing a fraudulent one. Tax evasion includes, but is not limited to, money laundering, submitting false documents, aiding or abetting tax violations and making false statements to investigators. Whether it is a small business owner neglecting to report a day's income or a millionaire using an offshore account, tax evasion is taken seriously by prosecutors and should be taken just as seriously by Atlanta residents facing charges of criminal tax violations.

What are GA employer and employee IRS tax responsibilities?

For employers and employees in Georgia, it is important to understand the laws when it comes to tax enforcement and the consequences for failing to adhere to them. The employer and employee share in the responsibility of taking out and paying taxes to the IRS. In most circumstances, the employer will withhold taxes, so the employee does not have to worry about it, but this is not always the case. The employee needs to be aware of this and make the adequate payments to avoid criminal tax violations and the consequences.

Prosecution of tax violations up in 2013 fiscal year

Tax violations, such as tax fraud, tax evasion and filing false tax returns are taken seriously in Georgia and across the United States. In fact the Internal Revenue Service has reported that in the 2013 fiscal year, enforcement activities significantly rose leading to convictions against alleged perpetrators.

Man indicted on criminal tax violations

Tax revenue is used by the federal government to support a variety of programs. Therefore, the Internal Revenue Service takes collection of taxes very seriously. If Georgia residents fail to pay their taxes, submit fraudulent returns or have other tax code violations, then they can face federal criminal charges. These charges can have serious penalties. One case has recently highlighted how serious tax code violations can become for an individual. In this case, a 64-year-old elected official has been indicted on tax violations and other felonies. This man is accused of accepting bribes while working as a county commissioner. According to prosecutors, these bribes included land, cars and cash worth over $950,000. However, officials claim that these financial benefits were never disclosed on his tax returns. Furthermore, the man is accused of failing to report income from a business he co-owned.

Ten indicted for alleged criminal tax violations

Atlanta residents may have heard of the term "indictment," but may not be aware of what it means. An indictment is issued by a grand jury after the prosecutor presents evidence and various forms of testimony to them. Once a grand jury decides to bring charges against a potential defendant, the trial usually takes place faster as the prosecutor does not have to convince a judge they have enough evidence to carry on. The process usually goes swifter than those cases without an indictment.

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