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Do you understand tax evasion?

When it comes to the tax system, some people take this more seriously than others. While it is important that you follow the details of the law, it is easy to get off track and make mistakes along the way.

Before we go any further, here is something you need to remember: There is a big difference between tax evasion and a basic mistake. One is a serious crime while the other will not land you in much trouble.

Due to the fact that tax forms and laws are detailed and complex, it's only natural that mistakes will be made from time to time. While this can result in the payment of interest and penalties, it doesn't mean that the Internal Revenue Service will open a criminal investigation.

On the other side of things, tax evasion is much more serious. This is when you implement a plan for avoiding the payment of taxes.

There are many forms of tax evasion, such as the underreporting of income. For example, companies that deal largely in cash, such as restaurants, may get involved with this practice.

If you understand the difference between basic tax mistakes and tax evasion, you will always feel good about your ability to make sound decisions. In the event that you make a mistake, you can follow the instructions of the IRS to put this in the past.

If you are charged with tax evasion, however, your situation is much more complex. In this case, you need to understand what you are up against, the defense strategy you can use and how to put this in the past.

Source: FindLaw, "Tax Evasion," accessed June 06, 2016

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