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White Plains New York Tax Blog

Avoiding tax evasion issues

Although the tax code is complex, the IRS generally recognizes two types of tax evasion. It is important for taxpayers to be familiar with what those two types are and that there are legal protections available if they have been accused of committing tax evasion and are facing criminal tax charges.

The first type of tax evasion recognized by the IRS includes taking an action to evade the assessment of tax. This type of tax evasion can include underreporting of taxes as an attempt to evade taxes the taxpayer owes or are due. It is important to understand that this type of tax evasion requires a showing of more than negligence or that the taxpayer made an innocent mistake in reporting.

Addressing a tax controversy

Tax problems can be overwhelming for most people who are facing them. When everyday people are facing a tax controversy or tax dispute, it is important to know what can be done and where those facing tax issues can turn. The possible consequences associated with tax controversies should not be taken lightly. Tax payers who find themselves caught up in them may face the challenges associated with tax issues on a daily basis.

Having tax delinquency, accumulating tax debt and facing harassment from the IRS and others can be stressful which is why help with tax problems is available and is something anyone facing a tax controversy should be familiar with. Those facing tax issue should understand the options available to them to help. Trained guidance through the process can be valuable and provide peace of mind.

Civil tax fraud penalties

With tax season behind us, many New Yorkers are no longer worried about this process until next spring. However, for some individuals, this may be the beginning of a legal matter that involves tax fraud. While criminal tax penalties are serious and the more talked about tax crime, civil tax fraud penalties could also plague an individual.

A civil tax fraud matter could occur in one of two ways. First, one could face these penalties based on the facts and circumstances of a civil examination. The second way is as a result of a criminal investigation. When there is clear and convincing evidence that a person committed tax fraud by underpaying his or her tax obligations, civil tax fraud penalties can be asserted.

Civil penalties for tax errors are steep

This blog has on previous occasions talked about how White Plains, New York, residents and those in the surrounding area who are not careful about filing and paying their federal taxes can wind up accused of serious crimes.

Indeed, in addition to having to deal with a criminal conviction on one's permanent record, tax fraud and tax evasion charges can land a New York resident in prison for years. Steep fines and restitution orders are also possible.

Criminal consequences for stolen identity refund charges

Whether one owes taxes or receives a refund, the information and details provided on a tax return must be truthful and authentic. If information is false or one files a return under a false identity, this could present serious issues. Much like identity theft results in criminal charges, one could face criminal tax liabilities if one files a tax return with another identity.

Stolen identity refund is a crime in which a person makes a fraudulent claim for a refund in the name of a person whose personal information appears to have been stolen or unlawfully used for the purpose of making this claim. In other words, the claim is used to benefit someone other than the person named in the refund claim.

Tax season is over, but the IRS is still hard at work

Now that the official tax season is over, you might find some relief in not having to deal with the IRS until next year. However, in some circumstances, they may not give you a choice.

In 2017, the IRS conducted over 1 million audits. Due to federal budget cuts, that is significantly fewer than the nearly 1.75 million audits in 2010. Either way, it might scare you to think that you could be at risk of an audit, but do you know why audits occur?

Helping you resolve tax controversies

The last thing a person wants to hear is that they are being audited. However, because tax issues can present themselves, individuals in New York could face penalties if the IRS believes that one failed to pay taxes owed, attempted to evade tax liabilities or committed tax fraud. Thus, it is important for individuals to understand how they could resolve these matters.

Dealing with tax controversies is anything but simple. These matters can get complex and overwhelming. This is especially true when one does not have the money to currently address late fees and penalties associated with the tax issues. At the Auerbach Law Group, P.C., we are available to assist taxpayers in the White Plains area resolve these matters.

What are some examples of tax fraud?

When individual sin New York and elsewhere get a job, he or she is likely to owe taxes. This can be overwhelming for some, as one is not always prepared to pay what they owe come tax time. Thus, some individuals take steps to avoid having to owe so much. While there are legal ways to reduce tax liabilities, if an individual does not do this legally, this could result in a tax fraud charge.

What are some examples of tax fraud? When looking at infamous cases, there are some well known examples of tax fraud cases that illustrate how these charges occurred and what penalties resulted. Take Walter Anderson, for example. This entrepreneur was convicted of the largest tax evasion scam in U.S. history. He evaded more than $200 million in taxes. He was sentenced to nine year in prison.

New York councilman guilty of tax fraud and other charges

With tax day around the corner, many are rushing to get everything in order and filed on time. Whether it is the rush of the filing or one's desire to reduce their tax liabilities, individuals in New York and elsewhere could face serious civil and criminal tax liabilities. Tax fraud is a serious matter, making it essential to explore the matter entirely. This can help one explain what happened and could even open up opportunities to reduce the penalties faced by the situation.

According to recent reports, the Hempstead Town Councilman, Edward Ambrosino, admitted to committing federal tax fraud. This resulted in the Republican councilman to resign from his elected seat he has held for the past 16 years.

The statute of limitations for tax collections

Tax law can be complicated. This is often why individuals in New York and elsewhere rely on the assistance of tax professionals or tax programs to file their taxes. While individuals and businesses have a set duration to file taxes each year, the IRS is bound by different requirements. This means that they have much more time to assess a filing and determine whether or not errors were made. And if it is determined that there is a past due balance, the IRS is bound by a set of rules.

When it comes to the time that the IRS is given to examine one's tax return, many believe that the statute of limitations is only three years. This is generally true when it comes to making an assessment of the tax; however, when there is a past due amount owed by the taxpayer, the IRS actually has 10 years from the date of the assessment of tax to be collected.

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