Your defense against the IRS. ​

Criminal tax charges have  devastating effects on both  your personal and business life. Aggressive prosecution by the Department of Justice and the complexity of any criminal tax case makes experienced representation essential. You deserve counsel you can trust to fight for YOU.

We work with you to change the narrative, putting your actions into perspective and highlighting any mitigating circumstances involved in your unique situation. We help you achieve the best possible outcome.

We specialize in: 

  • Tax preparer defense
  • Payroll tax audits 
  • Payroll tax problems
  • Tax debt
  • Tax litigation in bankruptcy court
  • Tax fraud and tax evasion
  • Tax litigation and tax controversy
  • Criminal tax defense
  • OPR Investigations

Don’t let tax problems ruin your life. There is help.


The IRS can be intimidating. It is important to have someone protecting your interests. In the worst scenarios the IRS examiner may try to bully and scare you. In other cases, an examiner or CI investigator may try to “befriend” you and lead you into making statements that will later be used to build a case against you. Either way, you shouldn’t face an IRS investigation without an attorney who is experienced in tax law.

The short answer is yes. Technically, willful failure to file or pay taxes is a crime. The courts apply a very broad definition to the term “willful” and have gone so far as to classify nonpayment as “willful” when a taxpayer pays other bills ahead of their tax liability. If you do not have the ability to pay the taxes you owe there are alternatives to simply leaving them unpaid.

Anybody licensed to practice before the IRS can represent you in a civil matter, that includes  attorneys, CPAs, and Enrolled Agents. But if your case is referred to CI your CPA or Enrolled Agent can be interviewed and asked to disclose information relating to your communications with them. Your communications with your attorney are protected by attorney-client privilege. Unless you waive that privilege, your attorney will not be called in for an interview.

Forsythe Tax Law has the knowledge and relationships to build a team to represent you – including accountants, other attorneys, and experts to help protect your interests. And when your attorney hires an accountant to assist in a criminal defense, the attorney-client privilege extends to the accountant. We can tailor the team you need to defend yourself.

For the past decade, Congress has reduced the budget of the IRS while increasing their  responsibilities. This means less resources to work with taxpayers to resolve collection issues. When people retire, they aren’t replaced because they simply do not have the budget right now. It is very possible that your contact is busy and stretched too thin to timely respond.

However, it can also mean that your contact has referred your matter to CI. If that happens, you may not know about it until CI makes some contact that alerts you to the investigation. CI has the power to request your records directly from your financial institutions without your knowledge or approval. They can interview your tax preparer, employees, business associates, even friends and family. Convictions for criminal tax violations have serious consequences, including substantial penalties and incarceration. The earlier you get counsel involved the better chance you have in mitigating whatever consequences you may face.

You have a Constitutional right to decline any law enforcement interview. Immediately invoke your other Constitutional right to counsel, which should put an end to any questioning. Then, contact an experienced tax attorney as soon as possible to assess your situation.

If you have a tax dispute with the State of Missouri or the State of Kansas, we can represent you. 

Let’s start solving your tax problems today.