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Understanding tax evasion charges

Most people in California have seen or read stories about taxpayers being audited and even criminal prosecuted for supposedly trying to avoid paying federal income tax to the U.S. government. While certainly these situations can and do happen, it is important for residents to know that such situations are rare. Understanding what may be involved in a tax evasion case can be helpful in preventing unnecessary stress when it comes time to deal with taxes.

As explained by H&R Block, the IRS is not likely to pursue tax evasion charges against a person who owes federal income tax but is not able to pay their bill. There are mechanisms such as installment plans in place to address these situations. It is when a person is believed to be consciously and actively trying to avoid having taxes assessed at all that the potential for a tax evasion arrest and charge may come into play.

The long-lasting effects of a DUI conviction

College students in Irvine have a lot to lose if they are convicted of a DUI-related charge. The effects of a DUI conviction can impact many areas of a person's life, perhaps even some that they would never expect could be affected. examines how a DUI could potentially ruin a person's life. They explain that first-time offenders will usually be facing a misdemeanor charge rather than a felony. The harshness of the penalty an individual faces can also vary depending on several different factors, including:

  • Willingness to participate in treatment programs
  • Military service and good character references
  • Whether or not bodily harm was caused
  • BAC impairment level
  • Specific state laws

Facing charges of embezzling from your employer

You have been a loyal employee at a small California business for many years. Perhaps it is a family business, and you feel as if you are part of the family. You arrive early, stay late and take pride in your unique system of organizing the office and the company books. In fact, you prefer that no one else get involved with the finances because it may mess up your system.

While all these factors may make you a model employee, they are also red flags to a business owner that you may be embezzling money from the company. If you are the only one who handles the money or your employer has placed special trust in you, you may find fingers pointing at you when money goes missing.

Insurance fraud is an expensive problem

Anyone who has filed an insurance claim should know that it can be a complicated matter completing reams of paperwork, meeting with adjusters and fighting to defend your claim. On the other hand, sometimes you simply complete the claim form, and your check arrives in a few days. Some have discovered that this second scenario often makes it easy to commit fraud.

Studies have shown that one in every 30 insurance claims is fraudulent. Insurance fraud is responsible for higher premiums and stricter laws. California and federal law enforcement are zealous about tracking down and prosecuting those who commit fraud. A conviction for insurance fraud can mean fines, jail or prison, and restitution, depending on the severity of the offense. If you are facing accusations of insurance fraud, you have a right to be concerned.

Does the IRS consider a mistake to be tax fraud?

When you are preparing your federal and California state taxes, you may end up making a mistake on your return. Tax codes are often complex, and it may be easy for you to violate the rules unintentionally. If the IRS finds an error on your return, it may perform an investigation to determine if you were intentionally trying to commit tax fraud or were simply negligent.

According to FindLaw, tax code violations are not out of the ordinary. Some IRS estimations indicate that around 17% of taxpayers file returns that are not in compliance with the tax code. Non-compliant returns may lead to underpayment of taxes. If you submit an erroneous return, chances are the IRS will assign an auditor to determine if your return is fraudulent.

What to expect as the subject of an IRS audit

As a California resident who has recently learned that the Internal Revenue Service plans to take a closer look at your tax filings, you may be feeling stress, anxiety and any number of other emotions. Ron Cordova, Attorney-At-Law, understands how troubling it can be to learn that you are the subject of an IRS audit, and he has helped many clients facing similar situations navigate this and other complicated tax issues.

According to the Motley Fool, there are several different types of audits. While most people never find themselves involved in any of them, some simply have bad luck, while others, yet, attract the IRS’s attention because they fail to report income, underreport income or otherwise make moves that raise a red flag. So, just what can you expect when you find out that the IRS does, in fact, plan to audit you?

Why are internet crimes so complex?

Internet crimes range in severity from a compromised credit card number to a widespread security breach that impacts the lives of thousands of people. If you are facing the consequences of having been involved in some type of internet crime in California, the repercussions you face will range depending on what exactly occurred. 

Internet crimes are highly complex in that they can be incredibly difficult to track. Your involvement could have drawn upon the assistance of other people, but many times, even the most complex of cases can be carried out by yourself. According to, some of the reasons why internet crimes are so complex include the following:

  • The victims lack the ability or resources to track you down and pursue criminal charges. 
  • Your identity may be difficult to trace, especially if you used false identities in carrying out the crime. 
  • There is not enough legal evidence that supports your involvement in the crime. 
  • It is difficult to pinpoint the legal jurisdiction where you should be charged because the crime occurred on a virtual platform.

Tactics investigators use that could violate your rights

Here at the office of Ron Cordova, attorney-at-law, we often find that those accused of white-collar crimes are intelligent, capable people whose rights are being threatened. However, we find that intelligence often hurts defendants as much as it helps them.

Arresting officers, investigators and state prosecutors in California and at the federal level are usually well aware of the above-average intellect of most white-collar crime suspects. We find that these investigators often use these strengths against people. There are several tactics that you could want to make yourself aware of in case you became the subject of a criminal investigation.

What can happen to you if you lie on your taxes?

You are probably aware that lying on your taxes can land you in serious hot water, You may not realize, however, that even unintentionally making mistakes when filing and paying your taxes can lead to considerable trouble. Regrettably, tax errors are easily made. This is particularly true this year, as recent tax law changes have had far-reaching effects on just about everyone filing a tax return.

What kind of trouble could you face if you lie or omit information on your tax return?

A look at the Otisville prison

Now that the former attorney to the President is heading to prison, many people in New York have questions about the facility at which he will be staying. Some are referring to it as a white collar prison in reference largely to the fact that the man was convicted of a white collar crime. Other people, however, may also assert that white people are more likely to be at these types of facilities than are defendants of color.

Mel Magazine indicates that a white collar prison does not generally require high levels of security but low or medium levels of security due in large part to the lack of violent offenders who may be kept there. White collar crimes are those that do not involve physical violence or force but are instead motivated by financial gain or the avoidance of financial loss. These prisons may offer a greater range of amenities to inmates than would their high-security counterparts.

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