June 27, 2011
Trends in IRS Investigations
Texas IRS Tax Attorney
Every year, the Criminal Investigations Division of the IRS sets goals for the number of criminal tax investigations it will complete and the rate of conviction it wants to achieve. In recent years, the IRS has stepped up its enforcement efforts, driven by policies that emphasize collecting tax revenue from all potential sources.
Generally speaking, the IRS tries to devote at least 50 percent of its investigative time and resources to “legal source tax crimes.” This category of crimes includes many of the most common tax charges such as:
- Tax refund-related fraud
- Crimes involving tax return preparers
- Failure to file tax returns
- Submitting false information
- Employment tax fraud
- Tax evasion
Trends From 2009 Through 2011
In 2009, the IRS initiated 4,121 investigations. That number rose to slightly over 4,700 in 2010 and 2011. The IRS then recommended prosecution in 60-65 percent of those cases.
Of the cases prosecuted, the IRS achieved a high (but decreasing) conviction rate each year:
- 2009: 81.9 percent
- 2010: 71.9 percent
- 2011: 68.9 percent
More than 81 percent of those convicted were sentenced to federal prison for their crimes. Others received home detention, a sentence to a halfway house or a combination of both.
What Does It Mean for You?
These numbers show that it is not impossible to overcome criminal tax charges levied against you by the IRS. At Brown, PC, we have helped many high net worth individuals and corporate entities minimize or avoid criminal tax penalties. With the help of Lawrence Brown and our entire team of experienced tax attorneys and IRS Enrolled Agents, you can protect yourself, your family and your business from the harsh consequences of tax charges.
We know the IRS from the inside out. Let us put our knowledge to work for you.
Contact a Dallas IRS Tax Relief Lawyer
If you are under investigation by the IRS, time is of the essence. Do not hesitate to call the experienced lawyers of Brown, PC for help. Call 888-870-0025 or contact our Fort Worth law firm online to schedule a confidential consultation with a tax law professional. Brown, PC represents businesses and individual taxpayers in Texas and throughout the United States.