The IRS itself is usually patient with taxpayers, often allowing months to resolve an issue. Per their published chart below, the actual number of IRS criminal investigations is low. And speaking as both a CPA and taxpayer, the folks they convict deserve it. Here’s our post on convictions arising from IRS tax audits. And CI (Criminal Investigations) helps with the fight against terrorism, too, through their forensic accounting technologies.
While CPAs are the best professionals to handle IRS tax audits, you may need a good criminal attorney if IRS Special Agents, more commonly know as Criminal Investigator agents, contact you. The chart below shows that less than half of IRS criminal investigations end in convictions, but that over 80% of convictions result in prison sentences. I imagine all convictions include fines and financial penalties.
How to Interpret Criminal Investigation Data
Since actions on a specific investigation may cross fiscal years, the data shown in cases initiated may not always represent the same universe of cases shown in other actions within the same fiscal year.
|FY 2010||FY 2009||FY 2008|
|Percent to Prison||81.5%||81.2%||80.9%|
*Sentence includes confinement to federal prison, halfway house, home detention, or some combination thereof.
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