While there’s no way for an individual to completely avoid paying taxes, there are ways to cut and reduce the amount of taxes an individual owes. By being proactive and engaging in tax planning, an individual can often reduce his or her tax liabilities substantially. It’s important to note, however, that there are creative strategies that can be employed to reduce the amount of taxes one pays and then there are those that are questionable or outright illegal.
Simply failing to file and/or pay one’s taxes is never a good idea. Not only is an individual likely to accrue costly fees and penalties, but he or she may also face criminal charges related to tax evasion. Additionally, it’s never a good idea to file or submit tax-related documents that contain false or doctored figures. Again, an individual who under- reports the amount of income or overestimates deductions will incur costly fines and penalties and may face charges of tax fraud.
In cases where an individual learns that he or she is being investigated or audited by the Internal Revenue Service, it’s wise to contact an attorney. It’s especially important to retain a strong legal advocate and representative if an individual is concerned that an IRS audit or investigation may result in the discovery of questionable or illegal tax-avoidance activities.
The IRS takes matters related to possible acts of tax fraud and evasion very seriously and individuals who are convicted of criminal tax charges often pay dearly—both financially and personally. From punitive financial penalties to lengthy prison sentences, the IRS aims to make examples of individuals who the agency believes are attempting to avoid paying taxes.
Residents in New York who have questions or concerns about their current or past tax-planning strategies can obtain sound legal advice and guidance from an attorney at Timothy S. Hart Law Group. Our attorneys are well-versed in all tax matters and routinely help individuals who are facing IRS audits, fines, liens, levies and criminal charges.