Did the IRS Accuse You or Your Company of "Removal or Concealment With Intent to Defraud"?
If you face criminal charges related to taxes, most likely you face a laundry list of accusations. Whether in the pre- or post-charge stage, the best-case scenario outcome in your case is the elimination of all charges. The worst-case scenario is obviously to be convicted on all counts.
Depending on the circumstances and the perspective of the Department of Justice Tax Division Criminal Enforcement Section and IRS Criminal Investigation, your original list of charges might look something like this:
- Attempts to evade or defeat tax
- Failure to file, supply information or pay tax
- Fraud or false statement
- Aid or assist false or fraudulent document
- Removal or concealment with intent to defraud
"Removal or concealment with intent to defraud" often refers to bookkeeping by which information is removed or concealed from view of the IRS. In today's computerized culture, this may include hiding laptop computers or hard drives. Or it may involve retail stores where transactions are typically conducted in cash, but the amounts listed on receipts are doctored in order to allow the merchant to evade some taxes. The failure of wait staff in a restaurant (or their managers) to report all tips is another example.
Your business may be under investigation for "removal or concealment with intent to defraud" and other potential criminal charges by the IRS if:
- You have received a letter stating that you are the target of a criminal investigation
- IRS agents have issued a summons to your bookkeeper or CPA for records of your business
- Criminal investigators have arrived at your location, armed and carrying badges
At any point in a criminal investigation, the sooner you are represented by counsel, the more effective your defense can be. Attempting to explain your business operations to an IRS criminal investigator may well result in more charges, depending on what you say, the evidence collected by the investigators, and other facts of your case.
To protect your business, your reputation and your future, contact an experienced attorney at your earliest opportunity if you are accused or believe you may be accused of removing or concealing records or other evidence with intent to defraud the IRS.
Attorney Lawrence Brown is a former Department of Justice Tax Division Trial Attorney. He devotes his law practice to representing clients facing criminal tax charges or investigations. Brown, PC is a valuable resource for high net-worth clients such as professionals who have much to lose simply by being charged.
For additional in-depth information on Removal or Concealment with Intent to Defraud, please visit our Criminal Tax Corner - Removal or Concealment with Intent to Defraud in Violation of Section 7206(4)
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