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Union County federal criminal defense attorney for tax fraudThe deadline for filing 2020 income tax returns has just passed after the IRS extended this year’s date from April 15th to May 17th. While no one likes to pay taxes, federal law mandates who is and who is not required to pay federal income tax. Failure to report income and pay the taxes owed to the IRS can end up landing a person in prison on federal charges for tax fraud or tax avoidance. This is what happened recently to one Memphis, TN businessman.

Failure to Report

According to details released by the Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office, Western District of Tennessee, the 38-year-old man in this case failed to report most of the income he derived from a tax service company on his 2012 federal income tax return. Last month, a federal judge sentenced the man to eight months in federal prison, followed by seven months of home detention. He will also be required to serve one year of supervised release once his 15 months of in-custody time is completed. The man is also required to pay the IRS $124,000 in restitution.

The IRS can charge a person (or business) with tax fraud if they “willfully and intentionally” falsify tax return information in order to avoid or limit the amount they are required to pay in income taxes. Some of the reasons the IRS may cite as proof of tax fraud include:

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Anderson County federal criminal defense attorneyBeing charged with a criminal offense can result in serious consequences. A person can face costly fines, loss of driving privileges or professional licenses, and a lifetime behind bars, depending on the severity of the crime. There are certain crimes that warrant charges at both the state and federal levels. Federal agencies often have more resources available to investigate alleged crimes, and they take their time gathering important evidence to support their claims. That is why it is imperative that anyone facing federal charges for racketeering or conspiracy seek professional legal assistance as soon as possible. 

What Is Racketeering?

Racketeering may be committed at the state or federal level. Racketeering can refer to the act of acquiring a business, organization, or company through illegal activity; operating a business with illegally obtained income; or using a business operation to commit illegal acts. Federal crimes of racketeering may include the following offenses:

Anderson County federal counterfeiting charges lawyerAny criminal offense can carry significant punishments if someone is convicted. However, federal crimes tend to be prosecuted more severely, often resulting in longer jail sentences. Common crimes charged at the federal level may include drug trafficking, fraud, counterfeiting, racketeering, and conspiracy. Although counterfeiting crimes have decreased by over 37 percent since 2015, they can still carry stiff consequences. Counterfeit goods or services come from a legitimate source, but they are actually unauthorized reproductions. If you or someone you know is facing federal criminal charges for counterfeiting, it is important to understand your rights while building a strong defense. 

Anti-Counterfeiting Laws

Federal lawmakers passed the first anti-counterfeiting laws in 1790 to protect unsuspecting consumers as well as the government. Since that time, Congress has introduced new legislation as counterfeiting tools and techniques have become more advanced and sophisticated. Although the crime of counterfeiting typically involves creating and producing fraudulent goods or documents, it may also mean using, possessing, or altering legitimate items. 

A few of the most common types of products that can come in counterfeit form include:

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