It is without question that the U.S. tax system is complicated. This is why most Americans seek out the assistance of an accountant to complete their taxes. Despite the initiative to obtain professional help, if an individual is not forthcoming or takes steps to reduce their tax liabilities, this could result in significant penalties. While some may think he or she will face civil consequences, if it is determined that one took steps to obstruct or evade tax responsibilities, this could result in criminal penalties.
Individuals in New York and elsewhere have tax obligations each year. While some years may be more than others, the reality is that one cannot avoid these financial obligations once it is established that a person owes taxes to the state or federal government. Despite this, some fail to meet these obligations for a wide range of reasons. In some cases, one does not have the finances necessary. In these cases, it is important to consider how this could impact them.
Preparing and filing one's own income taxes is an esoteric exercise that New York residents must perform each and every year to avoid running afoul of the law. While many people have a good idea of what constitutes their wages and what deductions they may be qualified to claim, not everyone will get their taxes right on their first pass. When individuals make mistakes in the preparation of their tax documents, they may be flagged by the Internal Revenue Service as having committed tax fraud.