False, Fictitious or Fraudulent Claims
Is the IRS Accusing You or Your Business of Making False, Fictitious or Fraudulent Claims on Your Income Tax Return?
If you are under criminal investigation for any tax-related matter, one of the potential charges against you could be the offense of making “false, fictitious or fraudulent claims.” Such criminal charges may be brought even if there was no proof that the filed tax return was technically inaccurate. Simply making a false claim is sufficient to bring about these charges.
Be aware that this could be just one of many charges that the IRS will make against you. Assuming you are charged with making “false, fictitious or fraudulent claims,” you are also likely to have other, related charges filed against you such as the following:
- Attempts to evade or defeat tax
- Fraud and false statements
- Conspiracy to commit offense or to defraud the U.S.
Example: Fraudulent Claim for Tax Refund
You may be accused of filing a false tax return claiming your right to a substantial income tax refund when, in fact, your tax preparer prepared the false statements and you simply put your signature on the return.
However great or small the alleged offense — and whether you are alleged to be directly or indirectly responsible — any criminal charges originating with the IRS are a serious matter. Doctors, lawyers and other professionals may risk losing their livelihoods upon a criminal conviction. Business owners stand to suffer significant losses to their reputation when criminal charges receive publicity.
For additional in-depth information on False, Fictitious, or Fraudulent Claims, please visit our Criminal Tax Corner – False, Fictitious, or Fraudulent Claims in Violation of Title 18 U.S.C. Sections 287 and 286
Brown, PC has helped many professionals, high net-worth individuals and businesses embroiled in tax controversies. If you are under investigation or have already been charged, you are encouraged to contact our law firm. Schedule a consultation with a lawyer who is a former Department of Justice Tax Division Trial Attorney. Call 888-870-0025 to schedule an appointment with Lawrence Brown. Centrally located in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in Texas, the law firm serves clients nationwide and internationally.