The Internal Revenue Service is using their criminal investigators to put fraudulent return preparers out of businesses. Dedicating extensive resources to identify, investigate and prosecute abusive return preparers, the government has created the IRS Criminal Investigation Return Preparer Program (RPP) to enhance compliance with tax law by asserting significant civil and criminal penalties against return preparers.
Civil penalties can amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars, effectively putting return preparers out of business, depleting financial resources and putting their hard-fought financial security in jeopardy. Convicted preparers also face prison time.
This is especially devastating for return preparers who simply made a mistake in a complex or nuanced area of law, as well as for return preparers who were falsely accused of criminal activity.
Contact Brown, PC, If You Have Been Contacted
We urge you to contact Brown, PC, if you have been contacted by the IRS or if your bank, brokerage firm or other financial institution has been contacted by the IRS, Department of Justice Tax Division or U.S. Attorney’s Office. Located in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area of Texas and in Washington, D.C., we are dedicated to protecting the rights of return preparers throughout the United States.
As a former Justice Department Tax Division trial attorney, attorney Lawrence Brown has the knowledge, experience and skill to achieve favorable outcomes for clients facing criminal investigations. Throughout this career, Mr. Brown has tried more than 500 cases to verdict and has tried over 100 cases before a jury. He is well-equipped to handle civil tax litigation in the United States Tax Court, United States District Courts, United States Circuit Courts and the United States Court of Claims.
Learn What to Do in a Criminal Investigation
If you have been contacted by federal investigators regarding a criminal tax matter, it can be difficult to know what to do. Our defense strategy involves conducting a preliminary factual investigation, then assembling a team of seasoned professionals to manage your defense. We then engage in preemptive talks to achieve a favorable pre-trial resolution.