Law Offices of Thomas J. Fernandez

Law Offices of Thomas J. Fernandez
7700 Irvine Center Drive,
Eighth Floor
Irvine, CA 92618
Phone: (949) 753-9262
Fax: (949) 753-2862
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California and Federal Civil Tax Fraud Defense Lawyer Thomas J. Fernandez

There Are Heavy California and Federal Penalties for Civil Tax Fraud

Being accused of committing tax fraud can have severe repercussions, even if you face no criminal charges. In both federal and California cases, civil penalties for tax fraud can add an additional 75% to what the taxpayer originally owed. Allegations of accuracy-related negligence or substantial understatement of income can carry penalties of up to of 20% of the original amount owed.

For example, unpaid taxes amounting to $100,000 could have a corresponding fraud penalty of $75,000. When interest and accruing penalties are added, you could end up owing more than twice the original debt.

My name is Thomas J. Fernandez, and I offer experienced defense in civil tax fraud cases. I was an IRS senior trial attorney before setting up my own tax law practice. I have an advanced law degree (LL.M) in taxation, and I am committed to helping my clients avoid or minimize penalties, including civil tax fraud. I will work with you to protect your interests and reduce the potentially ruinous implications of a mistake.

If you are facing allegations of tax fraud by the IRS or a California taxing authority, contact the Irvine, California, Law Offices of Thomas J. Fernandez so we can discuss your options. I represent clients in Orange County and throughout Southern California.

I use my extensive experience in tax law to protect the rights of individuals and businesses facing civil tax fraud or other penalty allegations, such as:

  • Tax evasion
  • Filing an improper return
  • Accuracy-related negligence
  • Substantial understatement of income

What to Do If You Have Not Filed Tax Returns

If you have not filed tax returns for years and you are afraid of facing penalties including tax fraud or tax evasion, it is essential to seek the help of an experienced tax lawyer who can provide aggressive and dependable representation. Contact the Law Offices of Thomas J. Fernandez in Irvine, California, to schedule a consultation.


The Law Offices of Thomas J. Fernandez provides legal representation in tax litigation and appeals, tax audits, tax liens and levies, tax fraud cases and tax planning to residents of Irvine, Newport Beach, Ladera Ranch, Santa Ana, Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Laguna Hills, Mission Viejo, Lake Forest, Aliso Viejo, Laguna Niguel, Rancho Santa Margarita, Riverside, San Bernardino, Los Angeles, Orange County, Riverside County, San Bernardino County, Los Angeles County and San Diego County, California.

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