BakerHostetler’s Criminal Tax Defense team represents individuals and entities facing criminal tax investigations and prosecutions. Whether our clients are witnesses or targets in criminal tax investigations, the firm’s top-tier criminal tax and white collar defense attorneys are available to assist.

Our team has handled hundreds of criminal tax investigations and prosecutions. Our lawyers have successfully represented clients in each stage of the criminal tax enforcement process, including initial review by the Internal Revenue Service’s Fraud Technical Advisor, investigations conducted by the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation, matters before the Department of Justice Tax Division Criminal Enforcement Section, grand jury investigations and prosecutions conducted by local U.S. Attorney’s Offices.

The team is led by attorneys who have extensive experience in the criminal tax arena and includes several former Assistant United States Attorneys and a former Assistant Chief of the Department of Justice Tax Division Criminal Enforcement Section.

BakerHostetler attorneys in Washington work closely with the Internal Revenue Service and Department of Justice Tax Division officials on cases, and several attorneys at the firm were key players in both crafting and executing the federal government’s criminal tax enforcement priorities, including the recent push to prosecute undisclosed off-shore banking activities.

BakerHostetler clients have included individual taxpayers, corporations, partnerships, and professional advisors such as accountants, lawyers, bankers and financial planners.

BakerHostetler advises clients regarding:

  • IRS information document requests (“IDRs”)
  • IRS summonses
  • IRS formal document requests
  • Criminal summonses issued by IRS-Criminal Investigation
  • Grand jury subpoenas
  • Plea negotiations

The firm has represented clients facing the full spectrum of cri minal tax allegations, including:

  • Tax evasion
  • Filing false tax returns
  • Failure to remit employment taxes
  • Failure to file tax and informational returns
  • Obstruction of IRS enforcement efforts
  • Tax shelter promotion
  • False refund claims
  • Klein conspiracy
  • Conspiracy to commit tax fraud and evasion
  • Bank Secrecy Act violations

Every day, our team leverages the knowledge gained by representing witnesses, taxpayers and tax professionals facing some of the government’s most complex administrative investigations to properly advise our clients.