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tax evasion, San Jose tax attorney, tax audit, taxation law, tax liabilityYou may not be a millionaire celebrity or a huge corporation, but that does not mean you cannot be guilty of tax evasion. Even though these are the types of people and entities typically associated with tax evasion, any person who files tax returns could find himself or herself under investigation for this serious crime.

According to the Internal Revenue Code § 7201, tax evasion involves “[a]ny person who willfully attempts in any manner to evade or defeat any tax imposed by this title or the payment thereof.”

Thus, this law sets forth two kinds of tax evasion:

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San Jose tax law attorney, unpaid taxesA new law will soon go into effect that will revoke the passports of taxpayers who owe a significant amount of back taxes. This law was passed in 2015 as a tax collection tool for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Details of the Law

The law allows the IRS to certify your tax debt to the State Department—the agency that issues passports. Once a tax debt is certified, the State Department will revoke passports or prevent passports from being issued to the tax debtor. The IRS has not yet begun certifying tax debt and has not announced the exact date this process will begin; however, the IRS did indicate that the first certifications could come in early 2017.

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