Gullberg, Box & Worby LLC - criminal defense

Call For Your Free Consultation


Was that tax mistake negligent or fraudulent?

Tax mistakes happen. When they're just negligent, it's often not a huge issue. You may still get a small fine and you may have to pay what you owe due to the error, but you did not commit a crime. The United States simply has citizens fill out their own taxes; the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) can't possibly expect people with no training to be perfect.

That said, there is a big difference between negligence and fraudulent activity. Typically, that difference is intent. If you chose to fill out your taxes incorrectly on purpose, in an effort to pay less than you knew you owed, then you have possibly committed tax fraud. That's when you may face criminal charges.

What does the IRS look for to see if fraud occurred? Some red flags include:

  • Creating false documents to use while filing.
  • Lying about exemptions or deductions to reduce what is owed.
  • Having two very different sets of financial documents.
  • Transferring income in an effort to conceal it.
  • Lying about your Social Security number or other important identifying information.
  • Listing some of your personal expenses and claiming that they are actually business expenses.
  • Reporting that you earned less during the year than you really did.
  • Using exemptions for children you do not have, or for other nonexistent dependents.

Are you facing accusations of criminal activity for something you believe was little more than an honest mistake? You and the IRS may not see eye-to-eye on this, and it can have a drastic impact on your life. Make sure you know all of the legal options that you have.

Source: FindLaw, "Income Tax: Fraud vs. Negligence," accessed April 26, 2018

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For a Response

Do You Need A Strong Advocate For
Your Case?

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Monmouth Office
122 W Boston Ave, 2nd Floor
Monmouth, IL 61462

Phone: 309-760-4022
Phone: 309-734-1001
Fax: 855-825-4445
Monmouth Law Office Map

Bettendorf Office
2550 Middle Rd #300
Northwest Bank Tower
Bettendorf, IA 52722

Phone: 309-760-4022
Phone: 309-734-1001
Fax: 855-825-4445
Bettendorf Law Office Map

Peoria Office
456 Fulton St. 4th Floor
Peoria, IL 61602

Phone: 309-760-4022
Phone: 309-222-2433
Fax: 855-825-4445
Peoria Law Office Map

Review Us