For many, the most stressful time of the year is tax season. Unfortunately, there are many documents you must review, forms to complete, and numbers to crunch. Due to the complexity of this process, some may try to get away with tax evasion in the hopes that their error will go unnoticed. However, the penalties for this crime should not be taken lightly. As such, it’s in your best interest to keep reading to learn more and discover how a Cobb County criminal defense attorney can assist you through this complicated legal process.
What Is Tax Evasion?
Generally, anytime an individual or a business purposely and deliberately falsifies information on their tax return to avoid paying the full amount owed on their taxes, they are committing evasion or fraud. This includes a person or business purposely misrepresenting their income to avoid paying the taxes they owe. Similarly, an individual may fail to report additional income paid in cash, like tips or money earned from babysitting or dog walking.
What Are the Penalties for This Crime in Georgia?
In Georgia, tax evasion is generally charged as a misdemeanor crime. While this may not seem as serious as a felony, this will still remain on your criminal record.
However, if you commit tax fraud in addition to other crimes, such as money laundering or embezzlement, this charge can be elevated to a felony. It’s also important to understand that many forms of tax evasion overlap with federal crimes, meaning you may be charged with a federal offense.
What Should I Do if I’m Facing Charges?
If you’re facing charges or believe you are suspected of tax evasion, the first thing you should do is retain the assistance of an experienced defense attorney. Though a misdemeanor charge may not seem serious, this crime can impact you for the rest of your life.
If taken into custody, you must comply with the officers. Do not attempt to resist arrest, as this will only make matters worse. However, you should invoke your Constitutional right to remain silent to avoid accidentally incriminating yourself. The only thing you should say is that you want an attorney.
Working with a criminal lawyer will improve your chances of a favorable outcome. They will examine the circumstances to help craft a defense to fight for the best possible result for your situation.
The consequences of tax evasion or fraud can be severe, especially when compounded with additional crimes. As such, it’s in your best interest to contact a competent criminal defense lawyer from the Miller Law Practice as soon as possible. Our dedicated team will work to help you through these complex legal matters. Contact us today to learn how we can assist you through these challenging times.