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Category: Tax Evasion

An Overview of IRS CI’s Voluntary Disclosure Practice

For high-income and high-net-worth U.S. taxpayers who are at risk of facing criminal prosecution due to willful tax law violations, making a voluntary disclosure to IRS Criminal Investigation (IRS CI) can facilitate a favorable resolution that avoids formal charges. But, making a voluntary disclosure presents its own risks—and it isn’t […]

Tax Controversy 

What is an “Attempt to Evade or Defeat Tax?”

Tax evasion is a serious federal crime. Individual taxpayers convicted of tax evasion can face up to a $100,000 fine and five years of federal imprisonment, while corporate entities can be fined up to $500,000. This raises an important question: What does it mean to “attempt to evade or defeat […]

Tax Evasion

IRS Issues Updated FAQs on the Voluntary Disclosure Practice (VDP)

The Voluntary Disclosure Practice (VDP) provides an avenue for high-income and high-net-worth taxpayers to resolve significant federal tax controversies without facing criminal prosecution. Administered by IRS Criminal Investigation (IRS CI), the VDP is a long-standing program that allows eligible taxpayers to mitigate their exposure and settle with the IRS—provided that […]


Why Is IRS CI Investigating You or Your Business?

If you have been contacted by Special Agents from the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation division (IRS CI), one of the first questions you need to answer is, “Why?” IRS CI investigates a broad range of both tax-related and non-tax-related offenses, and determining the specific accusations underlying an IRS CI […]