Archive for the ‘tax crimes’ Category

Worry About Audit – Maybe It’s Real

Posted by John Ellsworth, Esq November 7th, 2013

Why not be concerned about an audit.  The average face-to-face audit where a person “handles it himself,” results in an assessment of $10,500.  This is according to a former Commisioner of the IRS (Rossotti).  As if that’s not enough, some people actually go to jail as a result of tax audits.  It’s true, those instances [...]

What Happens If You Don’t File A Tax Return?

Posted by John Ellsworth, Esq December 1st, 2011

What If You Don’t File Your Tax Return? One thing is for sure with the IRS, your non-filing will eventually float to the surface and you’ll be found out. What happens if you don’t file? Tell the truth, most people–and rightly so–are too frightened to find out. Warning: Never mess around with the IRS. Depending [...]

How CID (Criminal Investigation Division) Investigates a Case

Posted by John Ellsworth, Esq November 8th, 2011

When a case is opened, it is assigned to IRS special agents from the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) of the IRS. Usually, there is a joint investigation, utilizing revenue agents (auditors) who might already be familiar with the case as well as CID. Joint investigations usually arise from revenue agent audits that are accepted as [...]

Non-Filing & Tax Crimes

Posted by John Ellsworth, Esq October 4th, 2010

Very few people are put in jail for not filing a tax return, but it can happen. A willful failure to file a tax return is a misdemeanor if you owe taxes. You can be sentenced for “up to a year in jail and a $25,000 fine” for each year of non-filing. (Internal Revenue Code [...]