Our IRS tax lawyers are ready to take on cases initiated by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Criminal Investigation Division on any stage, from primary investigation to subject investigation to prosecution by the Department of Justice or the U.S. Attorney.

What to do if contacted by an IRS special agent?

IRS agents are authorized to conduct tax fraud investigations on behalf of the Internal Revenue Service. If you have been contacted by investigators, it means that most surely the IRS suspects that you have committed tax fraud, and an investigation is underway to prove your guilt. By the initial contact, the agents have already discovered a substantial amount of information about your income, and the reason they still want to talk to you is that they need some evidence that you have committed a crime or they need some documents from you to support the evidence. The agents will try to reach you when you are least ready, so that you will accidentally say something they need you to say. So, what should you do if such situation occurs?

1. Be polite and try to make the conversation as short as possible. Just ask for a business card of the investigator and tell them your lawyer will get in touch soon.

2. Call tax fraud lawyers at Joseph Potashnik and Associates to get a consultation for your case. The tax attorneys from our NY and NJ law firm will provide you with an expert solution on dealing with the Internal Revenue Service.

Why turn to us with your case?

Penalties applied to those convicted of such crimes include up to $250 000 in fines ($500 000 for businesses) and up to 5 years of jail time. Plus, sometimes such offenses bring about other charges, like mail and wire fraud, money laundering or identity theft, which mount up to decades of years in jail and millions of dollars in restitution. Given that the penalties are this harsh, it is of paramount importance to obtain competent representation for any interaction with the investigators. In case you are facing criminal or civil penalties in New York or New Jersey in connection with tax evasion, money laundering, related cyber crimes or other crimes that fall within the jurisdiction of the IRS-CI, you should ask legal advice from J. Potashnik and his fellow IRS tax attorneys.

IRS-specific expertise

Our tax fraud attorneys have dealt with the Internal Revenue Service agents in over 100 investigations, providing legal representation to both private and corporate clients on all phases of related criminal cases, from audits to initial investigations to defense in courts.


Our law firm was established in 2006, and since then we have gained extensive experience in a variety of law fields, including criminal law, employment and labor, health care, tax law, etc. Trust your legal defense to decades of experience of our IRS attorneys.

Success Stories

The investigators uncovered that the client did not report multiple foreign bank accounts. The question really was whether this was a willful failure.

The client was an owner of several businesses in publishing who allegedly filed false corporate returns.

Our client was a Certified Public Accountant who was investigated for felony tax evasion. By the time the client contacted us, the case was referred to the Department of Justice.

Possible penalties

Jail time of up to 5 years, fine of up to $250 000, plus civil penalties – 50% of the account balance at the time of the violation, which totaled to an enormous sum.

Possible penalties

The client was facing up to 5 years of imprisonment, fine of up to $500 000.

Possible penalties

Up to 5 years of jail time, no more than $250 000 in fines, loss of the CPA license.


Our tax evasion attorneys managed to convince federal prosecutors that the failure to file a Foreign Bank Account Report (FBAR) was not willful and had a valid cause. Civil penalties only, no criminal penalties.


We identified a number of problems with the IRS investigation. The case was dismissed.


We managed to dismiss the felony charges and reached a very satisfying settlement – a civil penalty fine of $53 400, CPA license retained.

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