The IRS may investigate your personal or business finances for months or even years without your knowledge. You may not find out you are under criminal investigation until agents knock on your door with a search warrant.
IRS criminal investigations can originate from civil audits, whistleblowers, and other law enforcement agencies. IRS Special Agents analyze tax return data and other information to determine whether to open a criminal tax fraud investigation. Once an investigation is initiated, agents work with federal prosecutors to gather facts and evidence. The IRS prosecutes approximately 3,000 criminal cases per year.
IRS criminal investigations are thorough, intense, and often take more than a year to complete. IRS agents will review your financial information, search through your business records, and may talk to your friends, business associates, employees and even family members to build a case.
Once the IRS starts a criminal investigation, you cannot pay your way out of it. The government has already made the decision to investigate you for a tax crime and collection of any unpaid tax is secondary to gaining a conviction. Finding the right lawyer early is critical to developing a defense strategy and avoiding an indictment.
Assisting U.S. citizens domestically and abroad with Foreign Bank Account Reporting (FBAR), Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) and IRS Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Procedures.
Representing business owners in civil audits and criminal investigations related to federal and state payroll and sales tax enforcement actions.
Representing individuals and businesses under investigation by federal grand juries for tax fraud and related offenses such as money laundering, wire and mail fraud, bank fraud and securities fraud.
Representing individuals and accountants in criminal investigations arising from the Panama Papers data breach.
Defending accountants, CPAs, enrolled agents, and other tax return preparers accused of tax fraud and advising tax preparers whose clients have been accused of tax fraud.
The Boston law firm of Lovett O’Brien represents individuals, business owners, corporations, tax preparers and witnesses in criminal tax and other tax controversies.
William Lovett has 30 years of experience prosecuting and defending criminal tax cases, defending against criminal investigations, and representing clients in civil audits.
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