The IRS recently released its 2012 fiscal year criminal investigation report. IRS criminal investigations increased by 13% totaling 5,125 cases. Over 2,634 convictions were achieved during the 2012 fiscal year.
The IRS has a 93% conviction rate when it files criminal tax charges.
Criminal investigations are started from a variety of sources, including audits, revenue officers, and whistleblowers. Once the criminal investigation unit is involved, it will make a recommendation on whether to prosecute the case after conducting its criminal investigation.
There is no way to know if a criminal investigation has been initiated. Often, the first time someone receives information that a criminal case has begun is when he or she hears from a friend, accountant, or business associate that he or she has been contacted by an investigator.
The purpose of the criminal investigation unit is to investigate financial crimes. These crimes include fraud, identity theft, offshore tax evasion, money laundering, and other crimes.
The criminal defense and tax attorneys at Robinson & Henry work together to create a strong defense to any criminal prosecution. The government bears the burden of proof in any criminal case. If you are concerned that a criminal tax investigation has been undertaken in Colorado against you, or if you are charged with a tax crime, felony, or misdemeanor, please call us for a free consultation.