IRS Criminal Tax Cases -Are They Looking at You?
Criminal Tax Matters
The Criminal Investigation Division (CID) of the IRS is charged with investigating people who have committed federal tax crimes, gathering evidence, and referring those individuals to the Department of Justice – Tax Division for prosecution. With the recent rise in the number and notoriety of tax crimes, the IRS has been stepping up the enforcement. As with other divisions of the IRS, the number of special agents hired has dramatically increased and revenue agents and revenue officers are screening routine civil matters with increasing scrutiny. CID receives tips from a variety of sources including referrals from revenue officers or agents who detect fraud, whistleblowers, local newspaper articles, and other law enforcement agencies.
Criminal Investigation Division
With respect to individual taxpayers, the IRS Criminal Investigation Division (CID) is charged with investigating people who have committed federal tax crimes, gathering evidence, and referring those individuals to the Department of Justice – Tax Division for prosecution. CID receives tips from a variety of sources including civil side referrals (when revenue officers or agents detect fraud), whistleblowers, local newspaper articles, and other law enforcement agencies.
Unlike the civil divisions of the IRS, an offer to pay the tax owed will not deter a special agent’s investigation. The overall goal of CID is to usher voluntary compliance among taxpayers by prosecuting and punishing those individuals who have committed wrong doing. Special agents are not confined by time limits to their investigation and have a variety of resources available to collect information for prosecution. During a criminal investigation, special agents attempt to gather as much information as possible about the target of their investigations.
The most important thing to know if you have been contacted by an IRS Criminal Special Agent is that, by the time they talk to you, they have already been studying your financial records for months or years, they may have your telephone and computer under surveillance and may also be watching your house and business. Yes, this sounds scary, and yes our clients sometimes do things that are in strictly correct under the IRS tax code, but you need help and you need it now. Call Richard Schickel at RMS Tax Consulting LLC at 520-448=3531 to get immediate action that can help to keep you out of jail.