Switch to ADA Accessible Theme
Close Menu
Matassini Law Firm
FREE Consultations Available
813-217-5715
TAMPA
Matassini Law Firm > Blog > Criminal Defense > A Lack of Knowledge is No Excuse when Tax Preparers Engage in Fraud on Your Tax Return

A Lack of Knowledge is No Excuse when Tax Preparers Engage in Fraud on Your Tax Return

With a U.S. tax code estimated at about four million words in 2012, it is no wonder that many individuals hire professional tax preparers to help accurately file their annual returns while obtaining the smallest possible tax obligation. However, not all tax preparers operate within the law ― potentially exposing taxpayers to legal issues down the road. You can help protect yourself from unexpected future tax payments or even potential federal charges of tax fraud by taking a common sense approach to the preparation of your annual tax return.

The IRS cited tax preparer fraud as one of the top tax scams in 2013, and they aggressively seek out offenders. As recently as June 2013, a Miami federal court permanently barred a tax preparer from preparing federal returns for others. According to a news release issued by The United States Department of Justice, the preparer allegedly fabricated deductions and credits in an attempt to understate his customers’ tax liabilities or inflate his customers’ refunds. Unfortunately, 94 percent of his customers are still legally responsible for paying additional taxes.

Your federal tax returns are among the most important documents you complete in any given year. Even if someone else prepares your return, you need to take certain precautions, such as the following:

  • Seek out tax preparers based on recommendations by trusted individuals, or look for preparers accredited by the Better Business Bureau.
  • Avoid preparers who claim they can get substantially higher refunds.
  • Do not sign your return or allow a preparer to mail it without conducting your own review to ensure income and deductions are accurately represented.

At the very least, an IRS discovery of a fraudulently-prepared return requires you to pay back taxes, potentially including interest charges and penalties. However, you can also face criminal investigation for tax evasion. If you suspect you are under investigation by the IRS, seek immediate advice from an experienced federal white collar crime defense attorney to learn your next steps.

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn

The experience you need in your pursuit of justice

The greatest distinguishing feature among attorneys is their level of experience. Our firm has more than 60 years of legal experience, much of it spent in the courtroom at trial. As a result, our Tampa personal injury lawyers rarely encounter an unfamiliar situation and can thoroughly answer your urgent questions. Our criminal defense practice features a board certified criminal trial lawyer and two former prosecutors with impressive knowledge of trial tactics and procedures.

The resources to provide quality representation for the length of your case

Whether your case involves medical malpractice, an auto accident or a wrongful death, your attorney must be prepared to take the case all the way through trial to verdict. Many personal injury attorneys advance the cost of litigation, so they can only last so long before financial pressures start to mount. As a client, you have to wonder whether an attorneyÕs advice to settle your case reflects the quality of the offer or your attorneyÕs need to get paid. Fortunately, The Matassini Law Firm has the resources to pursue civil verdicts and settlements that reflect the actual value of your case.

Call our Tampa Bay personal injury lawyers for a free consultation

A crisis in your life calls for capable and compassionate assistance. The Matassini Law Firm, P.A. addresses your needs all the way through the legal process. For your free initial confidential conference with one of our Tampa personal injury lawyers, call us today at 813-217-5715 or contact us online.

Share This Page:
Facebook Twitter LinkedIn
888-377-0011
Toll Free
2811 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, Florida 33609
GET DRIVING DIRECTIONS
+