A lot of tax questions are too complicated to take on without an experienced tax attorney, especially if you're dealing with the suspicion of tax fraud. With tax laws varying at the federal, state, county, and city levels, written into codes, sections, and regulations pertaining to separate governmental authorities, a tax attorney with a sub-specialty in fraud issues could become a smart investment.
Merely interpreting the myriad rules, codes, regulations, et cetera covering tax liabilities is fraught with danger. And as for winkling out all possible applications of tax liability that could pertain to you, well, good luck. Somewhere, lurking just out of sight, is some crucial bit of legal robbery whose sole raison d'etre is to trip you up royally. So, really, having a good tax attorney on tap is just a smart move. Naturally, this doesn't apply to everyone. Those to whom it does apply know who they are.
Unfortunately, we are all presumed to know what the tax codes are and how they apply to us as individuals. In the eyes of the law no excuse exists for fraud to occur. Honest mistakes aren't accorded much credibility unless they're presented by an attorney. Persons representing themselves are always, at least covertly, assumed to be crazy. Let us accept that attempting to research a specific point regarding failure to comply with various tax codes can be stressful, discouraging, and unproductive, which goes to prove the preceding sentence's contention. If you insist on looking up tax fraud issues as they are alleged to relate to you personally, go to the Internet first, then call a tax lawyer.
All the stuff that looks like gibberish to you is actually fairly comprehensible to someone who's been practicing tax law for a while. It may be that a tax attorney can quickly spot the point where you inadvertently went off the rails. It may be that you didn't actually go off the rails, and are falsely accused. It may be that you need to buy a ticket on a slow boat going anywhere as long as it's leaving immediately. Your tax lawyer can advise you on all these points.
If you have made a mistake, and it's an honest one, and you can make the necessary reparations and pay the fines, chances are you'll be allowed to do so. If there's even a hint your "negligence" was deliberate, a tax lawyer is absolutely vital to your continued freedom.