When people think about taxes, they tend to think about the IRS. This tends to be the case both about taxes in general and about the situations in which you’d want the counsel of a tax lawyer. It would be a mistake, of course, to ignore the IRS, but it can be just as damaging in the end to forget about state tax matters. The Illinois Department of Revenue might not be as big as the IRS, but they can and do assess severe penalties on those who fail to file their Illinois taxes, who file false returns, or otherwise try to evade their tax responsibilities.
Illinois has a flat income tax, one rate for all individuals and one rate for all businesses. IDOR also collects sales and use taxes and it’s these cases that often bring headlines.
For several years the Attorney General has made an aggressive effort to reign in tax evasion, especially sales tax evasion by businesses. Gas station owners have gotten some of the biggest coverage but numerous businesses have found themselves the subject of IDOR sales and use tax audits, Illinois Department of Labor audits for unemployment taxes, and Attorney General prosecution for criminal tax evasion. These efforts have seen the state collect tens of millions in back taxes and penalties. They’ve also seen tax evaders in prison.
Horowitz Law Offices daily represents taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service, the Illinois Department of Revenue, the Illinois Department of Labor and the Chicago Board of Finance in connection with their federal, state and local tax matters. You are welcome to contact us at (312) 787-5533 or firstname.lastname@example.org