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Tax Fraud Questions

What is tax fraud?

When a person or business on purposely falsifies their information that is given on a tax return so that they do not owe or have as much tax liability, then they call this tax fraud. Tax fraud is classified as someone who willingly cheats on their tax return to avoid paying the entire amount in taxes and would include actions like claiming false deductions, claiming some personal expenses as business expenses, and not reporting outside income or other income. Read below where Experts have answered questions pertaining to tax fraud.

What are the penalties for tax fraud in the state of California?

In the state of California, there are several variables that are taken into consideration. A couple of those variables would be what type of tax fraud the person is being charged with and what the Tax Court findings would be. In many cases, there are several different tax fraud code sections and depending on what section is violated will determine what amount in additional money will be accessed. Tax fraud and tax evasion are two different things and with tax evasion the person may be looking at jail time.

If a person is charged with tax fraud more than nine years ago, what would they have to do to be able to take a trip to the Bahamas?

The person that has the criminal history would need to write the Director of Immigration in the Bahamas and seek the clarification of the requirements to enter into the Bahamas since they do not publish their entry requirements. The person would also want to include the date of entry and exit, the anticipated time that they will be in the Bahamas, details of where the person will be staying, details of what the person what convicted of, and paperwork that shows proof of termination of the person’s sentence or pardon in the letter that they send. The person may also try and contact the Bahamian Embassy and see if there may be a way to travel without restrictions.

In the state of Minnesota, how would a person report a tree service company for tax fraud?

In the state of Minnesota, if a person wanted to report a company for tax fraud then they would need to contact the taxing agencies. The IRS may be a first step and then the next step would be the Minnesota Department of Revenue. If the person wanted to remain anonymous, then they would need to call 1-800-657-3500. The person can also visit the website to find out more information about reporting the fraud http://www.taxes.state.mn.us/taxes/home_con/ciucontact.shtml. If the person wanted to report the tax fraud to the IRS, then they would need to fill out the form that can be found here: http://www.irs.gov/individuals/article/0,,id=106778,00.html.

If a person has a ex that they prepared their taxes for and that ex owed the person money, can the person get the ex for lies that they told to the IRS to open an tax fraud investigation?

If the person has proof that the ex lied and started a tax fraud investigation under false allegations, then the person would have potential felony and misdemeanor charges that they can file on the ex, but the person may want to consider the easier route of filing defamation and business loss. If the person wanted to spend the money and time, then they could have the ex charged with a felony under 26 USC Section 7207 which states; “Anyone who willfully delivers or discloses to the [IRS] any list, statement or other document, known by him to be fraudulent or to be false as to any material matter, shall be fined not more than $1,000, or imprisoned not more than 1 year, or both.”

The person may also be able to charge the person under 26 USC 7206 (1) which states; “Anyone who willfully makes and subscribes any return, statement, or other document, which contains or is verified by a written declaration that it is made under the penalties of perjury, and which he does not believe to be true and correct as to every material matter shall... be guilty of a felony and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not more than $5,000, or imprisoned not more than 3 years, or both, together with the costs of prosecution.”

The person may want to consider a civil suit against the ex, which may be able to prove more successful.

When a person willingly lies on their tax return to avoid having to pay the full amount in which they owe, then this is considered to be tax fraud. When a person is facing a charge of tax fraud, then they may have questions regarding the laws on tax fraud, or the possible outcomes of a tax fraud charge. When these questions arise, then the person would want to seek the answers from an Expert.

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