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Tax evasion is a serious federal crime

The government expects you to pay the appropriate amount in taxes, regardless of your situation or personal beliefs. If for any reason they believe that you aren't doing so, it could land you in hot water with the law.

Tax evasion is exactly what it sounds like. This is when a person or company takes steps to avoid the payment of taxes. It's important to note that there is a big difference between tax evasion and making a mistake. The Internal Revenue Service realizes that people make mistakes from time to time. As long as you are willing to correct these when the time comes, you won't be faced with any additional trouble.

Conversely, tax evasion is when you purposefully underpay your taxes. There are many ways of doing so, such as sheltering money overseas or claiming deductions and credits that you don't qualify for.

Every step of the taxation process brings about the opportunity for tax evasion. For example, this begins with neglecting to file a return.

Your responsibility is to do whatever it takes to pay the appropriate amount of taxes without delay. If for any reason you don't do so, your future could be clouded.

Tax evasion is a serious federal crime. While it may not harm another person in a physical manner, the government is serious about cracking down on people who don't pay the taxes they owe.

If you're charged with tax evasion, you need to get serious about what this means to your future. There is more to this than responding to an IRS letter, so you need to know your legal rights.

Source: FindLaw, "Tax Evasion," accessed Sep. 06, 2016

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