Tax Evasion Lawyer in Miami
When is it tax evasion?
Under Florida law, and federal law, tax evasion is generally defined as the evasion or attempt to avoid the payment of taxes by an individual, a corporation or a trust. Usually tax evasion includes the deliberate misrepresentation of income and expenses in order to reduce or negate the taxpayer's tax liability. Any time profits are under reported or expenses or deductions are inflated, a charge of tax evasion can result. Tax evasion can also occur when an individual or business attempts to evade sales taxes, import duties, local taxes or any tax at the local, state or national level. Tax avoidance, on the other hand, is the legal use of the tax laws to reduce one's tax liability. Avoidance is lawful, but evasion is illegal. The government cannot pursue every possible instance of evading taxes. The amount involved, the pattern of conduct and whether or not the person or entity is of interest to the authorities will usually dictate when and how the government will pursue a charge of tax evasion. Penalties are wide ranging and can include seizure of asset, fines, and possible jail time. David Seltzer is experienced in handling tax evasion cases in Miami and south Florida, and has the dedication to his clients you deserve when facing a serious tax crime charge.
How to Defend Against Tax Evasion Charges in Miami
A successful defense of a tax evasion prosecution will focus on the lack of intent to evade taxes. The government, be it state or federal, must prove that you intentionally attempted to mislead or failed to file a tax return. There are also statutes of time limitation within which the government must file a tax evasion suit. Typically, the IRS must file suit within six years of the alleged attempt to evade, or else the prosecution will not be successful. Making an honest mistake is also a valid defense to a tax evasion charge under some circumstances.
If you have been charged with tax evasion, you should immediately consult with an experienced tax crimes attorney. Seltzer Law PA has the critical experience and skill necessary to handle a tax evasion case. Our attorneys can analyze your situation and find the best possible course of action to seek to avoid conviction of tax evasion in Florida. Call our offices today for a free evaluation of your case.