Investigators looking at documentsHave you had IRS agents come to your house or job? Did you ever experience tax reporting problems or were you told you’re under investigation for tax fraud or evasion?

If any of this is true for you or your loved ones, it is essential that you hire a white collar defense attorney in a timely manner to avoid the worst-case scenarios. Our South Florida federal tax fraud & evasion lawyers at Rossen Law Firm are here to help.

What is a Federal Tax Fraud or Evasion Crime?

Tax fraud is when a person and/or business fails to pay taxes owed. 

Tax evasion is when a person and/or business intentionally misrepresents their tax return information to avoid paying higher taxes. 

While they both are serious crimes, tax evasion comes with a heftier penalty, as a Fort Lauderdale attorney can explain. 

26 U.S. Code § 7201 defines tax fraud and evasion as any person who willfully attempts in anymanner to evade or defeat any tax.


In Florida, you can be charged with misdemeanors or felony crimes on the state level.  You may be required to pay any taxes owed along with other penalties. But let’s dig a little deeper.

If you are found guilty you will be fined up to $100,000 or $500,000 and/or imprisoned up to 5 years. You may also have to reimburse the government for the cost of prosecution and court fees. The court would take into consideration if you are a repeat or first time offender, which would have an impact on your sentencing. The court can also impose fines in addition to prison and probation sentences.

Federal tax evasion and fraud has serious penalties. You could face up to 5 years in prison for each count of the crime. Fines for a tax evasion conviction can range up to $250,000 for an individual or $500,000 for corporations. Other tax fraud penalties can include $100,000 individual fines and up to $250,000 for corporations. 


Our Fort Lauderdale attorneys have experience defending state and federal tax fraud and evasion charges. No matter the nature of the charges, our attorneys use a unique and aggressive defense strategy to fight for you while also protecting your rights, freedom, and assets. 

Federal Tax Fraud or Evasion Defense Strategies 

To convict you of tax evasion, the prosecution must prove that you intended to avoid paying your taxes and that you were aware of the consequences. Many times you do not intend to defraud the government and instead made an honest mistake in your calculations. 

We can work to try to prove that the government has insufficient evidence, you lacked knowledge of tax law to commit fraud, and you have a good history of your recent tax returns. 

Free Federal Tax Fraud or Evasion Defense Strategy Session in Fort Lauderdale  

Each case is different, and this is why we offer a personalized defense strategy for each case. We don’t leave you in the dark, instead, we hold your hand every step of the way and ensure you get fair treatment by the courts while protecting your rights and freedom. 

We offer FREE strategy sessions, so you know how we’ll work to get the best possible result on your case for you. Call a South Florida tax fraud & evasion lawyer today to get started on your case.


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