Under Investigation by the IRS Criminal Division, and I Have Not Done Anything Wrong

So first I want you to take a breath and think about the phrase "I haven't done anything wrong." "I haven't done anything wrong" is a very absolute statement so if you're going to make that sort of absolute statement, you need to be absolutely sure you haven't done anything wrong. The problem is in a lot of cases, you have done something wrong. You may have not had criminal intent behind it, you may have not intended to defraud the government in some way, but in some way your actions triggered an IRS Criminal Investigation. If they didn't trigger any criminal investigation, the agents wouldn't be looking at you so there has to be some reason that the special agent is looking at you. In particular, special agents don't just fall out of the sky so it's really important to assess your level of culpability and to have an honest conversation from the beginning. With that said, special agents are by no means perfect and criminal cases are by no means a hundred percent accurate. What you usually deal with in criminal cases is you deal with levels of truth. You deal with things that are a hundred percent true, you deal with things that are sort of true, and then you deal with things that are absolutely not true. So the important thing is to understand that this is a strategic position that you're in and that your goal really is to mitigate and minimize any impact that this criminal investigation is going to have. It's not even about indictment, although many cases head towards the US Attorney's Office and they don't spend time on you unless they're charted for you. You don't get in their crosshairs by accident again, but the important thing is Criminal Investigations have a lot of detrimental impacts on people and so it is very, very important that you work to protect yourself in any way that you can. Even if you're completely innocent, go retain criminal tax counsel. Go have a consultation with us. Let's sit down and build a strategy at the very least so that at worst, you are completely prepared for something that never happens and then you don't have to worry about it but at best, you're in a great position to prevent some serious consequences going forward.


Sam Brotman, JD, LLM, MBA

Owner and Director of Legal
Brotman Law