Most citizens of Pennsylvania and across the country are aware that under no circumstance does the law tolerate tax evasion. Therefore, the Internal Revenue Service considers anyone who attempts to pay his or her taxes in an unlawful manner to be guilty of tax evasion, a federal crime that carries strict penalties.
Whenever the IRS suspects that a taxpayer may be guilty of tax evasion, it will contact the taxpayer via a private visit, correspondence or telephone. Following the initial contact, an agent could choose to immediately enforce penalties or begin an investigation through the Criminal Investigation Division into the financial actions and accounts of the taxpayer. The investigators also have the right to tap the suspect's phone lines to see if he or she will try to move his or her money to another country.