When Does the IRS File Criminal Charges?

The IRS is the big scary entity that takes a look at everyone’s income statements every year around tax time. They cover the details of your fiscal year inside and out, and they determine whether or not you’ve done something wrong.

So if you have don’t something wrong, should you be scared of the IRS? The short answer is yes, but there are different types of getting in trouble with the IRS. You could be audited or criminally charged if things get bad enough for the IRS to take action.

So, When does the IRS take criminal action and file charges against you? Let’s take a look at the conditions and badges associated with the IRS criminal process.

IRS Criminal Charge Threshold

First thing’s first, it’s important to know that IRS investigates less than 2% of American taxpayers. Of that 2%, only 1 in 5 will receive criminal charges or fines. Those are some pretty low odds of getting persecuted for tax fraud.