Many millions of people deal routinely with the Internal Revenue Service, at least regarding tax filings, and scarcely a single one of them would insist that the agency doesn’t induce some type of angst.

In fact, legions of filers in Michigan and across the country flatly fear the IRS.

Why is that?

Just scratch the surface, and the answer emerges as obvious. As noted in an online overview of tax evasion and other types of criminal tax fraud, the agency makes a big deal of “publicizing convictions, seeking prison time for offenders, and by assessing fines, civil taxes, and penalties.”

Have you ever heard of the acronym “CI?”

You probably don’t ever want to get overly familiar with it. It stands for Criminal Investigation, being the shorthand form for the IRS division that investigates alleged criminal activity in the tax sphere.

The special agents within that unit command plenary powers and resources to conduct probes targeting individuals and businesses that the agency suspects of violating American tax laws.

As to what comprises criminal activity, the laundry list is long. Among other things, it includes intentional failure to file required tax returns; underreporting of taxable income; false claims; hiding of assets; bogus deductions and exemptions; and a host of other activities that are broadly encompassed within the definition of tax fraud or tax evasion.

Any person who knows that he or she is being looked at as a criminal suspect by the IRS should know that the matter is serious and that agents have likely already been crafting a case for some time. A targeted individual or business might reasonably want to contact a proven criminal law attorney well versed in representing clients in tax-related matters without delay for knowledgeable and aggressive legal representation aimed at securing a best-case outcome.