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Are you familiar with the crime of tax evasion?

When it comes to your tax situation, you always need to be on the ball. One slip up can lead to serious trouble with the IRS, as well as state and local tax authorities.

Before we get into the finer details of tax evasion, here is something you need to remember: A common mistake will not result in a criminal charge.

The IRS is well aware that its tax codes are extremely complicated. For this reason, they are also aware that people will make mistakes every now and again. If you make a mistake, you may have to pay penalties and interest to rectify the situation. Even so, this is much better than being hit with a criminal charge.

Tax evasion is more than a simple mistake. This is a calculated decision to avoid paying the taxes that you owe. There are many forms of tax evasion, including not paying any income tax. Another form, one that is more common, is the underreporting of income. This is when you claim to earn less money so that you pay less in taxes.

If you are unfamiliar with the crime of tax evasion, it is always a good idea to learn about the basics. This will help you avoid trouble with the IRS. It will also put you in a better position should you be charged with a crime that you did not commit.

The IRS does its best to crack down on offenders, which often leads to situations in which an innocent party is charged with tax evasion. If this happens to you, knowing the law and your rights is a must.

Source: FindLaw, "Tax Evasion," accessed Feb. 09, 2016

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