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Top 3 Stages of Tax Defense in Phoenix Arizona

Learn about the top 3 stages of tax defense in PhoenixNo one ever wants to get a letter from the IRS saying that they’re been audited, but it does happen – perhaps more frequently than you might think. If the IRS finds something suspicious in your return, you may even face a criminal investigation. If you are facing an IRS examination or criminal investigation in Phoenix, Arizona, it is important that you work with an experienced Phoenix tax lawyer from Silver Law PLC. Our lawyers can provide IRS representation through every stage of the examination or criminal investigation. There are three primary stages during which a lawyer may be able to help you resolve the charges against you:

1. Initial IRS Investigation

Before you receive notice that you are being investigated by the IRS, you have the opportunity to make a voluntary disclosure by filing an amended tax return. In some cases, this may be enough to resolve your case and prevent a criminal or civil action against you. However, a tax lawyer can help you to understand your case from a legal perspective to advise you on the best course of action to take. The invocation of your Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination may come into any analysis of how you should proceed. If you are referred for criminal investigation, we can represent you.

2. Criminal Indictment

The second stage of tax defense focuses on preventing your case from being referred to the U.S. Department of Justice Tax Division for indictment. The investigation can take quite some time, and it can involve several layers of review. The time and complexity involved in the investigation provides multiple opportunities for you and your lawyer to resolve your case. Your tax lawyer can advise you on what steps can be taken and how you might be able to clear your case.

3. Conviction

If you are indicted on criminal tax charges, the last stage of tax defense is to prevent you from being convicted and subsequently incarcerated. At this stage, your case has already been referred to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Working with your attorney, you may be able to enter a plea bargain that could help you to avoid incarceration. If your case goes to trial, the focus would shift to keeping you from being convicted. This is a complex stage of the legal process, and it is critical that you are working with a qualified attorney to get the guidance you need.

Silver Law PLC has a team of tax lawyers with both tax controversy and criminal defense of more than 80 years of combined experience representing clients in criminal and civil tax controversies. We represent clients at every stage of the process, including tax audit representation, civil tax litigation, tax collections, innocent spouse relief, and foreign tax reporting. Our lawyers provide IRS tax help in the Phoenix metro area and beyond. We can provide you the experienced representation you need to minimize your potential liability for back taxes, penalties and interest.

* This information is not to be considered legal advice and is for general information purposes only.

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