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Criminal Tax Investigations

Virginia Tax Attorney Representing Clients in IRS Criminal Investigations

The legal team at Thorn Law Group has years of experience successfully defending clients in criminal tax matters.  Our attorneys provide skilled guidance and advocacy to individuals, corporations, professionals, trust, banks and other entities throughout Virginia, across the country and around the world facing IRS investigations and federal indictments for criminal tax offenses, including

  • Tax Fraud
  • Return Preparer Fraud
  • Tax Evasion
  • Failing to File
  • Fraudulent Refunds
  • Questionable Refunds
  • Egg Shell Audits
  • Parallel Proceedings
  • Conspiracy
  • Offshore Account Schemes
  • Employment Tax Fraud
  • Abusive Tax Shelters

A conviction for a tax related crime can result in significant fines and penalties, including time in prison.  The Federal government is aggressively pursuing and prosecuting taxpayers involved in illegal activities.  If you are being investigated by the IRS for a tax crime you need to consult with an attorney who has extensive experience handling these types of investigations.  Your attorney will explain how the process works and take the appropriate steps to protect your legal rights. 

Providing Skilled Guidance and Advocacy to Taxpayers

At Thorn Law Group our lawyers know how the government investigates and prosecutes alleged tax law violations.  When a client becomes the target of an IRS criminal investigation our lawyers carefully monitor the investigation and cooperate with the government to the extent the law requires.  We develop solid defense strategies and assert all available legal defenses and privileges, including the privilege against self-incrimination under the Fifth Amendment.  When appropriate for our client, we work with the government authorities to reach a fair resolution of the matter that minimizes penalties and averts potential criminal prosecution.  In the event an agreement cannot be reached and the government initiates criminal proceedings, our lawyers are well positioned to represent taxpayers both before a grand jury and at trial.  

Deferred Prosecution Agreements

When the government decides to prosecute a taxpayer, the taxpayer may be able to enter into a Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) with the government.  A DPA is an agreement between the taxpayer (individual or business) and the government in which the government agrees to refrain from criminally prosecuting the taxpayer in return for the taxpayer’s promise to take specific remedial actions.  Once the taxpayer completes the required actions, the government will dismiss all criminal charges. If the taxpayer fails to fulfill the conditions of the DPA, the taxpayer will be subject to criminal prosecution.  

While a DPA can allow a taxpayer to avoid criminal prosecution in certain situations, these types of agreements are complex and best handled by an experienced criminal tax lawyer.  The attorneys at Thorn Law Group have an extensive understanding of DPAs and will carefully review your situation to determine whether a DPA is advisable for your situation. 

Contact Thorn Law Group

If you suspect that the IRS Criminal Investigation Division may be examining your financial activities or are already under an IRS criminal investigation, Thorn Law Group can help.  Our tax law team will carefully review your situation and work to develop a targeted plan to resolve the matter as quickly and favorably as possible.  We will evaluate your case to identify all options that may be available to you, including entering into a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) with the government or participating in an IRS voluntary disclosure program.   To schedule a confidential consultation in our Virginia satellite offices, please call 703-752-3752 or email Kevin E. Thorn, Managing Partner of Thorn Law Group, at ket@thornlawgroup.com.


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