Meet with an experienced tax attorney BEFORE speaking to any Government agents
Consult with an experienced knowledgeable attorney BEFORE talking to any agents for the Government. Many clients make the mistake of providing statements to Government agents without understanding their rights. Often, under the promise of leniency or a client's sincere desire to 'help out,' a client will make mistakes that can irreparably harm his/her case. While it may ultimately be in your best interest to discuss your case with a Government agent, you should never do so without the first consulting with an experienced criminal tax attorney.
Be careful with whom you share information
Be careful with whom you share information. CPAs, enrolled agents, and other financial and tax professionals may not have privileged, confidential communications that exist between an attorney and client. The Internal Revenue Service can often build a strong case against a taxpayer by simply gathering information from the taxpayer's own CPA or tax adviser. It is of the utmost importance that you share sensitive information only with an attorney that can fully protect such information.
Act quickly. Too many people decide to be like ostriches and put their heads in the sand. These potential tax problems won't go away on their own...people are going to have to do everything in their power to protect themselves and their families. Accordingly, you must act quickly to meet with an attorney to protect yourself.