Tax Fraud

Southeast Wisconsin Tax Fraud Lawyer

While people generally do not want to pay taxes, it is the law. Tax fraud costs the government and the American people millions of dollars each year. As a result, both state and local tax agencies are very interested in identifying and prosecuting those who commit tax fraud. Being convicted of tax fraud can result in serious penalties, including prison, fines and forfeiture of property.

If you are being investigated by any tax reporting agency, even if you have not been charged with fraud, you should immediately contact an experienced Wisconsin Attorney at the Cafferty & Scheidegger, S.C., who understands the complexities of tax and criminal law, and who will work closely with you to defend aggressively your charges.

Types of Tax Fraud

Cheating on federal taxes is most common when thinking about the concept of income tax fraud. However, while federal income tax fraud typically nets the most benefit, it also occurs on the state level with state income tax fraud as well as sales tax fraud.

Activities that may tip off the government that you may include:

  • Failing to file a tax return
  • Underreporting or omitting income
  • Claiming false deductions
  • Hiding assets
  • Abusing charitable deductions

Furthermore, both the federal and local governments are regularly tipped off by “whistleblowers” who alert them to possible tax fraud.


In tax fraud, there can also be criminal penalties that may result in incarceration for a few months up to several years.

We Can Defend You

Tax law is complicated. If you are under investigation, do not attempt to represent yourself. You should contact an experienced attorney right away. If you are convicted of tax fraud, not only may you end up in jail, but you may have to pay a significant penalty. Failure to pay may result in a federal or state tax lien being placed on your property. Contact Cafferty & Scheidegger, S.C., at 262-632-5000 to arrange a free initial consultation with an experienced Racine federal criminal defense lawyer. We serve clients throughout Southeastern Wisconsin.

Why Choose Cafferty


Free Consultation

From our offices in Racine and Kenosha Wisconsin, the criminal defense lawyers at Cafferty & Scheidegger defend the rights of people charged with state and federal criminal offenses throughout Southeastern Wisconsin (Racine, Kenosha, Walworth). If you or a loved one is charged with a crime, contact us today to arrange a free initial consultation with an experienced Racine federal criminal defense attorney right away. For urgent matters, you are welcome to call or text us 24 hours a day at ‪(262) 632-5000.


We Defend You

The attorneys at Cafferty & Scheidegger have excellent knowledge of the state and federal court system throughout Southeastern Wisconsin. They are aggressive trial lawyers that are recognized for integrity and hard work. Our law firm’s strength lies in our exceptional pre-trial investigation and case preparation. We come to the prosecutor’s office prepared with the facts and ready to help you get the best possible outcome for your charges. Our priority is always to keep you out of jail and avoid a conviction on your record, whenever possible.

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Proven Experience

The dedication of the team at Cafferty & Scheidegger to client service and their record of success has earned them listings as Wisconsin Super Lawyer® from 2008 through 2022. In addition, their reputation for high standards has earned them an AV Distinguished rating by Martindale-Hubbell. Cafferty & Scheidegger is backed by more than 28 years of trial skills and courtroom experience.

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