Tax Evasion Statute of Limitations

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Tax Statutes

Tax evasion is a serious crime that can have dire consequences, notably being large fines and prison time. Tax evasion is defined by the Internal Revenue Code as “Any person who willfully attempts in any manner to evade or defeat any tax imposed by this title or the payment thereof shall, in addition to other penalties provided by law, be guilty of a felony”

The penalties involved with tax evasion, when convicted, are set out by the Internal Revenue Code as a fine “not more than $100,000 ($500,000 in the case of a corporation), or imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both, together with the costs of prosecution.” In essence, a tax evasion conviction will likely ruin the lives of the individuals involved.

What are the Statute of Limitations for Tax Evasion?

The generally applicable statute of limitations on tax matters is set out by the Internal Revenue Code as three years. However, because tax evasion is a criminal proceeding, it is subject to the exception portion of the normal Statute of Limitations. The Statute of Limitations on Tax Evasion is six years. The six year window on the tax evasion statute of limitations begins on the date which the return was supposed to be filed upon. If the tax evasion was done by falsifying or creating fraudulent returns, then the statute of limitations does not apply due to the fraud.

Also, if an individual has left the United States, the tax evasion statute of limitations does not continue to run—rather, the time period is suspended and will resume upon the individual’s return to the United States.

Tax Evasion Statutes by State

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State Fraud and Evasion
Alabama Statute of limitations does not apply in cases of tax fraud or evasion at the state level. Similarly, the statute of limitations does not apply to Federal Taxes filed with the IRS.
Alaska AK does not have a personal income tax.
Arizona Statute of limitations does not apply in cases of tax fraud or evasion at the state level. Similarly, the statute of limitations does not apply to federal taxes filed with the IRS.
Arkansas Statute of limitations does not apply in cases of tax fraud or evasion at the state level. Similarly, the statute of limitations does not apply to federal taxes filed with the IRS.
California In California,there is no statute of limitations for fraud iand the statute of limitation for nonfilers (evasion) is 8 years.
Colorado Statute of limitations does not apply in cases of tax fraud or evasion at the state level. Similarly, the statute of limitations does not apply to federal taxes filed with the IRS.
Connecticut Statute of limitations does not apply in cases of tax fraud or evasion at the state level. Similarly, the statute of limitations does not apply to federal taxes filed with the IRS.
Delaware Statute of limitations does not apply in cases of tax fraud or evasion at the state level. Similarly, the statute of limitations does not apply to federal taxes filed with the IRS.
DC (Washington) Statute of limitations does not apply in cases of tax fraud or evasion at the state level. Similarly, the statute of limitations does not apply to federal taxes filed with the IRS.
Florida FL does not have a personal income tax.
Georgia Statute of limitations does not apply in cases of tax fraud or evasion at the state level. Similarly, the statute of limitations does not apply to federal taxes filed with the IRS.
Hawaii Statute of limitations does not apply in cases of tax fraud or evasion at the state level. Similarly, the statute of limitations does not apply to federal taxes filed with the IRS.
Idaho In Idaho, there is no statute of limitations for fraud and the statute of limitation for nonfilers (evasion) is 7 years.
Illinois Statute of limitations does not apply in cases of tax fraud or evasion at the state level. Similarly, the statute of limitations does not apply to federal taxes filed with the IRS.
Indiana Statute of limitations does not apply in cases of tax fraud or evasion at the state level. Similarly, the statute of limitations does not apply to federal taxes filed with the IRS.
Indiana Statute of limitations does not apply in cases of tax fraud or evasion at the state level. Similarly, the statute of limitations does not apply to federal taxes filed with the IRS.
Kansas Statute of limitations does not apply in cases of tax fraud or evasion at the state level. Similarly, the statute of limitations does not apply to federal taxes filed with the IRS.
Kentucky Statute of limitations does not apply in cases of tax fraud or evasion at the state level. Similarly, the statute of limitations does not apply to federal taxes filed with the IRS.
Louisiana Statute of limitations does not apply in cases of tax fraud or evasion at the state level. Similarly, the statute of limitations does not apply to federal taxes filed with the IRS.
Maine Statute of limitations does not apply in cases of tax fraud or evasion at the state level. Similarly, the statute of limitations does not apply to federal taxes filed with the IRS.
Maryland Statute of limitations does not apply in cases of tax fraud or evasion at the state level. Similarly, the statute of limitations does not apply to federal taxes filed with the IRS.
Massachusetts Statute of limitations does not apply in cases of tax fraud or evasion at the state level. Similarly, the statute of limitations does not apply to federal taxes filed with the IRS.
Michigan Statute of limitations does not apply in cases of tax fraud or evasion at the state level. Similarly, the statute of limitations does not apply to federal taxes filed with the IRS.
Minnesota Statute of limitations does not apply in cases of tax fraud or evasion at the state level. Similarly, the statute of limitations does not apply to federal taxes filed with the IRS.
Mississippi Statute of limitations does not apply in cases of tax fraud or evasion at the state level. Similarly, the statute of limitations does not apply to federal taxes filed with the IRS.
Missouri Statute of limitations does not apply in cases of tax fraud or evasion at the state level. Similarly, the statute of limitations does not apply to federal taxes filed with the IRS.
Montana Statute of limitations does not apply in cases of tax fraud or evasion at the state level. Similarly, the statute of limitations does not apply to federal taxes filed with the IRS.
Nebraska In Nebraska, there is not stated statute of limitations for fraud. The statute of limitation for nonfilers (evasion) is 5 years.
Nevada No personal income tax
New Hampshire Statute of limitations does not apply in cases of tax fraud or evasion at the state level. Similarly, the statute of limitations does not apply to federal taxes filed with the IRS.
New Jersey Statute of limitations does not apply in cases of tax fraud or evasion at the state level. Similarly, the statute of limitations does not apply to federal taxes filed with the IRS.
New Mexico In New Mexico, statute of limitations for fraud is 10 years and statute of limitation for nonfilers (evasion) is 7 years for nonfilers.
New York Statute of limitations does not apply in cases of tax fraud or evasion at the state level. Similarly, the statute of limitations does not apply to federal taxes filed with the IRS.
North Carolina Statute of limitations does not apply in cases of tax fraud or evasion at the state level. Similarly, the statute of limitations does not apply to federal taxes filed with the IRS.
North Dakota In North Dakota, there is no statute of limitations for fraud and statute of limitation for nonfilers (evasion) is 6 years.
Ohio Statute of limitations does not apply in cases of tax fraud or evasion at the state level. Similarly, the statute of limitations does not apply to federal taxes filed with the IRS.
Oklahoma Statute of limitations does not apply in cases of tax fraud or evasion at the state level. Similarly, the statute of limitations does not apply to federal taxes filed with the IRS.
Oregon Statute of limitations does not apply in cases of tax fraud or evasion at the state level. Similarly, the statute of limitations does not apply to federal taxes filed with the IRS.
Pennsylvania Statute of limitations does not apply in cases of tax fraud or evasion at the state level. Similarly, the statute of limitations does not apply to federal taxes filed with the IRS.
Rhode Island Statute of limitations does not apply in cases of tax fraud or evasion at the state level. Similarly, the statute of limitations does not apply to federal taxes filed with the IRS.
South Carolina Statute of limitations does not apply in cases of tax fraud or evasion at the state level. Similarly, the statute of limitations does not apply to federal taxes filed with the IRS.
South Dakota South Dakota does not have a personal income tax.
Tennessee Statute of limitations does not apply in cases of tax fraud or evasion at the state level. Similarly, the statute of limitations does not apply to federal taxes filed with the IRS.
Texas Texas does not have a personal income tax.
Utah Statute of limitations does not apply in cases of tax fraud or evasion at the state level. Similarly, the statute of limitations does not apply to federal taxes filed with the IRS.
Vermont Statute of limitations does not apply in cases of tax fraud or evasion at the state level. Similarly, the statute of limitations does not apply to federal taxes filed with the IRS.
Virginia In Virginia,the statute of limitations for fraud is 6 years and the statute of limitation for nonfilers (evasion) is 6 years.
Washington WA does not have a personal income tax.
West Virginia Statute of limitations does not apply in cases of tax fraud or evasion at the state level. Similarly, the statute of limitations does not apply to federal taxes filed with the IRS.
Wisconsin Statute of limitations does not apply in cases of tax fraud or evasion at the state level. Similarly, the statute of limitations does not apply to federal taxes filed with the IRS.
Wisconsin WY does not have a personal income tax.

Can a Tax Attorney Help?

Tax evasion, as discussed above, can lead to extensive fines and prosecution. Hiring an attorney will ensure your best defenses are pursued and that you are aware of all your rights and obligations in handling your matter. Although an attorney cannot guarantee your success or guarantee the lowest fines and prison time possible, an attorney with tax experience can provide the best guidance and advice in your case.

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