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Criminal Tax

Criminal Tax


Carlton Fields has a deep bench of highly skilled criminal tax attorneys who have served as federal prosecutors in the U.S. Department of Justice, Tax Division, and at U.S. attorney’s offices throughout the country. This prosecutorial experience provides critical insight into the government’s approach to investigating and prosecuting alleged tax fraud. We provide aggressive defense of clients at every stage of criminal tax cases, starting from the initial contact by IRS criminal investigations special agents through trial and appeal. Our attorneys are also experienced in guiding clients through sensitive civil tax issues, particularly situations involving voluntary disclosure to the IRS to avoid prosecution. Key matters include:

  • Represented business owner who was the target of a criminal tax investigation involving a false claim for refund, which resulted in no charges.
  • Secured a misdemeanor resolution for restaurant owner in IRS and DOJ criminal tax investigation involving underreporting of business income.
  • Represented company involving issues related to the employee retention credit.
  • Responded to grand jury subpoenas on behalf of companies under criminal tax investigation by DOJ’s Tax Division and the U.S. attorney’s office.
  • Represented owner of various restaurants under investigation by the DOJ for securing funds under various COVID-19-related government loan programs and the employee retention credit.
  • Represented CFO in offshore and domestic tax fraud matter.
  • Represented Orlando businessperson in offshore tax fraud prosecution.
  • Represented St. Thomas bar owner in alleged tax evasion matter.

Our Team

Key Contacts

Tino M. Lisella
Of Counsel

Additional Members

Simon A. Gaugush
Michael S. Pasano
Gene Rossi
Washington, D.C.
Adam P. Schwartz
Michael L. Yaeger
New York


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