Nearly everyone in Fort Lauderdale is required to pay taxes, but there are some people who choose to avoid paying taxes or underpay taxes. If they are caught, these individuals may face serious criminal charges, years in prison and be ordered to make large restitution payments. What this also means is that anyone who is charged with some kind of tax crime will likely want to work closely with a tax lawyer to help clear his or her name or risk the possibility of stiff punishment.
Let's use the case of a former lawyer as an example of just what can happen if convicted of a tax crime. It should be noted that this lawyer's crimes happened outside of Florida, but because tax law is federal law, these actions would also constitute crimes in Florida. The 63-year-old lawyer was convicted of creating tax shelters to help his wealthy clients avoid paying taxes.