Leaders In Criminal Tax Representation
The IRS and the U.S. Department of Justice report a very high number of successful criminal tax prosecutions – above 90%. These successes are based on the government’s selection process and initial interview with the taxpayer. If you are contacted by an IRS Criminal Investigator, you have an immediate need for a criminal tax attorney like the experienced tax professionals at Anderson & Jahde, some members of our legal team are even former IRS lawyers. The IRS does not begin a criminal investigation without first gathering information, consulting with their attorneys, and formulating a plan. The questions the investigators will ask are crafted to improve the governments case at trial. Criminal tax cases are very serious and targets of criminal tax investigations need the protection of an experienced tax litigator.
We protect the rights of taxpayers through all phases of criminal investigation and trials, including:
- Administrative investigation
- Grand jury investigations
- Plea negotiations
- Criminal tax trials
- Grand jury and administrative investigations
IRS Special Agents conduct criminal tax investigations. If you are contacted by IRS Special Agents, do not talk with them without first talking with a criminal tax lawyer familiar with Federal tax prosecutions. You have a protected constitutional right to refuse speaking with these agents. IRS agents are well trained to be disarming, non-threatening, and to develop critically important evidence in the form of taxpayer admissions during the initial interview. Special Agents know that this first contact may be a one-time opportunity, and as such they know how to leverage every asset they have to get the maximum amount of information from you. They typically work in pairs, with at least two Special Agents present—one asking questions, while the other takes copious notes of what the taxpayer says. These admissions can be used against you in a criminal investigation and prosecution.
Don’t be fooled—Special Agents are not there to help or to befriend you. The questions they will ask during the initial interview are designed to obtain information, which they might not otherwise be able to obtain, to improve their success in a criminal tax prosecution. They are not there to collect taxes. Their job is to develop successful criminal tax prosecutions that end with a conviction and jail time.
The IRS and the U.S. Department of Justice have a very high success rate in criminal tax prosecutions – well above 90%. These successes are based on the government‘s thorough development of cases, the case selection process, and, in many instances, on the initial interview with the taxpayer.
IRS Special Agents investigate many types of Federal crimes, some of the more familiar of which include bankruptcy fraud, money laundering, concealment of foreign assets, tax evasion and tax related crimes.
The target of a criminal tax investigation needs the guidance and counsel of an experienced criminal tax lawyer. This is a specialized, highly technical area of practice that is not for the inexperienced.
Unfortunately, as laypersons, taxpayers often make fatal and irreversible mistakes in deciding on their own how to handle the initial contact from a Special Agent. Fearing that if they appear unwilling to talk, they might give the IRS the impression that they have something to hide. Hence, taxpayers decide, on their own, to talk with the Special Agents. Do not make this mistake! Taxpayers are frequently caught off guard by the IRS’s techniques. This is not the time to win your case!
From the very first minute, you have an immediate need for, and right to, a criminal tax attorney. And while there are companies that claim to specialize in helping you – most are not attorneys. Anderson & Jahde, P.C. is comprised of tax attorneys with decades of experience in taking on the IRS in these investigations. When it comes to your future and livelihood, you’ll want an attorney with the obligation of providing the best defense from (against?) the IRS. You’ll want an ally that is protected under attorney-client privilege, as non-lawyers may not be bound by that same protection.
Even some of the finest criminal defense lawyers recognize that criminal tax cases require a special expertise, for which they contact Anderson & Jahde, P.C. to assist them in representing their clients.
If you think you may be the subject of a criminal tax issue (be it Federal, State or Municipal), contact us immediately to start your defense.