There are strict consequences for tax crimes. While simply making a mistake on one's taxes is not considered criminal, investigators will attempt to determine whether an individual's behavior was intentional. In cases involving tax fraud or evasion, the counsel of a criminal defense attorney with extensive experience regarding accusations of white collar and financial crimes can prove invaluable.
According to reports from the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, the owner of a liquor store is currently facing felony charges in relation to sales tax evasion. The 61-year-old man was arrested by investigators. He has since pleaded not guilty and was released on his own recognizance.
The defendant was accused of collecting sales tax from his customers that totaled over $70,000 in the years between 2013 and 2015. Officials allege that he then failed to remit those funds to the state. He is now facing charges of second-degree grand larceny. Additionally, he has been charged with nine counts of third degree and one count of fourth-degree criminal tax fraud, as well as 11 counts of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing.
If convicted of the charges, the man potentially faces up to 15 years in prison. Those in New York who have been accused of similar charges would likely benefit from the representation of a seasoned criminal defense attorney. The guidance of a lawyer with knowledge of business practices and finances could make all the difference in contesting charges of tax fraud or other white collar crimes. In some cases that may mean presenting a vigorous defense at trial, wile in other circumstances a negotiated plea agreement may be the best approach.
Source: newyorkupstate.com, "CNY liquor store owner facing 22 felony charges", Elizabeth Doran, April 26, 2017