People accused of tax fraud are often surprised by how severe the consequences can be. In fact, some are genuinely surprised to learn that their actions, or inactions, constitute a crime. A conviction for tax evasion can lead to hefty fines and incarceration, not to mention a criminal record. If you are facing tax evasion charges, it is important that you consult with an experienced criminal lawyer before engaging with the Canada Revenue Agency.
How can Tax Evasion be Committed?
Tax evasion can be committed in a number of ways, including:
- failing to file a tax return;
- making deceptive statements in a tax return or other tax document; or
- omitting relevant information from your tax records.
Take Advantage of the Protection Offered by the Lawyer-Client Relationship
It is important to remember that an accusation of tax evasion could lead to criminal charges, if it has not already. When you are accused of a crime, the things you say can be used against you. Anything you say to your accountant and anything your accountant learns can be used against you. However, when you retain a lawyer, the information you share is strictly confidential because it is protected by lawyer-client privilege.
Our Toronto Lawyers know how to work with the Canada Revenue Agency
Hicks Adams LLP has extensive experience in the area of tax evasion. Our lawyers approach these cases by working with the Canada Revenue Agency to negotiate a positive resolution whenever possible. For example, we may be able to help you avoid prosecution completely if you agree to pay all unpaid taxes. We will explore all possible options to protect you from tax fraud charges. An acquittal is our primary objective.
As Hicks Adams LLP is one of the largest and most experienced criminal law firms in Canada, when you have us on your side, you can be confident that your case will be handled by a knowledgeable and skilled lawyer who has considerable resources behind him or her. We will work with the Canada Revenue Agency to mitigate the consequences of tax evasion charges.