If you are charged with a tax offense, you need a lawyer who has the experience and expertise to raise the defenses available to you. Robert Richman has tried and defended tax evasion and tax fraud cases for 30 years.
The federal government often prosecutes tax evasion cases. It is important to remember, however, that while tax evasion is a crime, tax avoidance is not. To give a simple example, suppose there is a toll road that takes you directly to your office. If you drive through the neighborhood instead of taking the toll road, you have avoided the toll. If, on the other hand, you speed onto the toll road without stopping at the toll booth to pay, you have evaded the toll. Tax avoidance is a valid defense in a tax evasion case — one that requires an effective lawyer to raise.
Also, a simple mistake does not constitute tax evasion. Tax crimes are one of the few areas in which ignorance of the law is an excuse. The Supreme Court has said that if the defendant had a good faith belief, even an unreasonable one, that his tax return was correct, he is not guilty of a crime. Tax evasion requires the government to prove that the defendant acted willfully — that is, with an intent to violate the law.
If you’re looking for a Minnesota tax evasion and tax fraud lawyer, contact Robert Richman to discuss your case.
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