PREP STEPS FOR CRIMINAL CASES
- Make no statements.
- Get ID card of IRS investigator.
- Walk away or shut the door.
- Contact Mr. Hopkins in Colorado Springs, Pueblo or Denver.
- Gather any Notices from the IRS.
- You (or someone else) bring in all documents to the appointment. We'll see you there!
Often, you may not know about an IRS criminal investigation until the IRS agents ask you for an interview. Thus, they may not reveal to you that they are criminal investigators at first. In addition, a criminal investigation may grow out of a civil action, but often the criminal investigation is separate.
Many taxpayers aren't guilty of evasion of taxes but have associated with others who are evaders, tax protesters or cheaters. But, the IRS investigation will naturally include those associated with the perpetrator.
Even if you are not guilty of tax evasion it is a good idea to get a Tax Lawyer if the IRS wants to interview you. Therefore, if the IRS approaches you to request an interview:
- Ask them to show their badge.
- Get their business card and write down all identifying information.
- State that you wish to consult a tax attorney and will not speak.
- Do not say anything but walk away or shut the door.
If the FBI arrests you:
- Make no statements
- Cooperate, and
- Call Mr. Hopkins.
- DO NOT make any statements in jail. Plants are often placed in holding cells to get confessions made in distress to jailhouse buddies.