Tax Fraud

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Tax fraud, or tax evasion, is a willful attempt to evade tax law or defraud the IRS and other tax-collecting agencies. Tax fraud occurs whenever a person or a company does any of the following:

  • Prepares and files a false return
  • Makes false claims
  • Intentionally fails to file an income tax return
  • Willfully fails to pay due taxes
  • Deliberately fails to report all income received

Depending on your situation, you could face a charge of state tax fraud and federal tax fraud if you are accused of attempting to evade both taxes.

If you find yourself in this situation, don’t hesitate to talk to one of our skilled Raleigh fraud attorneys as soon as possible. The attorneys who represent the state and federal government can be particularly aggressive representatives in court. Let us offer you dedicated and experienced representation as we work to defend your rights and reputation.

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North Carolina Penalties

North Carolina law automatically applies a financial penalty you will have to pay if you have interest for unpaid taxes. According to North Carolina General Statutes § 105-130, et seq., you will need to pay a 5% (of unpaid tax) monthly penalty for not filing by an original due date, which cannot exceed 25% of the tax total. There will also be a 10% late payment penalty, which is only exempt if 90% of the taxes are paid and an extension is granted. Likewise, there will be a 20% collection assistance fee on any tax, penalty, and interest not paid within 90 days after debt becomes collectible. If you are convicted of tax fraud, you will also need to pay a 50% fraud penalty if you are convicted. However, you do have a right to appeal the decision.

Federal Penalties

The penalties for income tax fraud on the federal level tend to be more severe. After a conviction, the taxpayer is guilty of a felony and is subject to other penalties allowed by law, such as imprisonment for up to 5 years, a fine of up to $250,000 for individuals and $500,000 for corporations, or both penalties plus the cost of prosecution. Fraud and false statement penalties are similar, though the maximum imprisonment period is 3 years, rather than 5.

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If you are convicted of tax fraud, you could face some significant financial backlash in addition to potential jail time. Give yourself your best chance of defeating this charge by relying on our experienced Raleigh criminal defense attorneys to provide you with aggressive advocacy.

Contact us at (919) 887-8040 or fill out our online form to schedule a free case consultation today.


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