Law Firm of Anthony J. LaSpada, P.A., was established in
1979. Since that time,
the firm has been engaged in criminal and civil trial practice in
Federal and State courts. The
firm concentrates its criminal practice in the area of white collar
crime, with an emphasis on Federal Taxation, including tax evasion
and international taxation, bank fraud, and SEC criminal violations.
and Civil Tax Experience
all those who have any Foreign bank accounts that they have not
reported on their tax returns or have filed the required Foreign
financial assistance forms, it is important to note that the IRS has
recently implemented a new program called the Streamlined Offshore
Compliance Procedure, which provides an opportunity for a taxpayer
to avoid substantial taxes, interest, and penalties, and possibly
“criminal prosecution” by entering into this program.
This program was established on June 18, 2014.
However, it is unknown how long this procedure will continue
to be in effect by the IRS.
Time is of the essence, and it is important for you to
contact our office if you have any questions and/or concerns about
Law Office of Anthony J. LaSpada has significant experience in the
IRS Investigations: This
includes Non-Filing of IRS Tax Returns, Tax Evasion, Filing
False Income Tax Returns, Money Laundering, Currency Reporting
Requirements, USB Inquiries, Offshore and International
Taxation, Employment Tax Fraud, False Statements, and False
Offer in Compromise Applications.
Return Preparer Investigations:
IRS aggressively identifies and pursues tax return preparers who
they feel are preparing false tax returns. The firm has
represented the return preparers and the clients whose returns
are being prepared, in dealing with the IRS.
Employment Tax and Payroll Company Issues: The
IRS has initiated a nationwide program to identify and
investigate potential violations related to Federal Withholding
Taxes. Often the IRS
has targeted payroll companies and employee leasing agencies,
due to the large number of employees.
These cases may be civil in nature, or may become
criminal, and must be aggressively and quickly addressed.
8300 Audits: The
IRS has recently expanded the Form 8300 audit program, which focuses
on currency transactions which exceed, or appear to exceed,
$10,000. This was originally part of a program to identify
illegal narcotics traffickers; however, it now addresses normal
businesses which deal in currency, such as automobile dealers,
real estate or other transactions which may involve cash,
cashier’s checks, money orders, etc. There are
significant criminal and civil penalties associated with these
Bank Fraud: This
includes allegations of False Loan Applications:
Due to the growing number of failed mortgages, the
Federal Government, including the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s
Office, is currently focusing a great deal of their resources on
investigations relating to Bank Fraud and Mortgage Fraud.
These cases need to be addressed quickly and aggressively
in an attempt to stop or otherwise limit the investigation prior
to charges being brought.
Law Firm of Anthony J. LaSpada, P.A. deals with criminal and
civil tax issues, as well as white collar crimes.
If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, you need
to contact us immediately:
you presently under criminal or civil audit by the IRS?
you have unfiled tax returns?
you have a Foreign Bank Account?
you received a letter from the IRS or your Foreign Bank Account
relative to any inquiry?
the IRS attempting to collect any taxes, penalties, and interest
on any tax returns that you have not filed or have filed or
you answer “yes” to any of these questions, we can help by
representing you before the IRS in any of these matters.
We will speak on your behalf, we will negotiate, and, if
necessary, we will litigate against the IRS.
Law Firm of Anthony J. LaSpada, P.A. engages former IRS
Criminal and Civil Investigators to assist in the law firm’s
representation of individuals who may have an Offshore/Foreign Bank
Account (FBA) and who are under investigation by either the Civil
and/or Criminal Division of the IRS, and/or who wish to become
compliant with all of the laws and regulations relating to the
reporting of any Offshore/FBA Accounts.
Law Firm of Anthony J. LaSpada,
P.A. has been successful in avoiding criminal prosecution for
many clients who had an FBA and did not comply with the IRS rules
and regulations relating to reporting requirements of those
accounts. The firm has
also been successful in voluntarily disclosing these Offshore
Accounts for individuals in order to avoid any possible criminal
exposure and/or significant civil penalties.
Law Firm of Anthony J.
LaSpada, P.A. has been successful in getting clients who have an
undisclosed Foreign bank account into the new IRS Streamlined
Offshore Compliance Program. This
program provides an opportunity for a taxpayer to avoid substantial
taxes, interest, and penalties, as well as criminal prosecution, by
entering into this program.
LaSpada has served in a number of Federal positions, including as a
Criminal Tax Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice in
While in this position, he reviewed criminal tax cases on a
nationwide basis and also traveled throughout the United States in
order to prosecute these cases.
Mr. LaSpada took a position with the Tampa, Florida U.S.
Attorney’s Office, where he remained for approximately six years
and obtained a position as Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney for the
Mr. LaSpada’s experience at both the national and local
levels provides him with the ability to best represent individuals
who are under investigation by the Federal or State government.
LaSpada entered private practice in 1979, at which time he and
former U.S. Attorney John L. Briggs of the Middle District of
Florida formed the Law Firm of Briggs & LaSpada, P.A.
In 1983 the Law Firm of Anthony J. LaSpada, P.A. was formed.
Unlike a large law firm, Mr. LaSpada is able to provide
personal attention to each and every client and makes a personal
commitment to each client he takes on to provide the best legal care
Mr. LaSpada is readily available and responsive to his
clients, often on the phone or meeting with clients as early as 7:00
returns calls personally and timely, knowing that this is
probably one of the most significant and stressful periods in his
in pre-indictment stages of criminal investigation is one of the
most important facets of this law office.
This can be the most valuable service of all.
Mr. LaSpada aggressively pursues cases at this level with the
goal of avoiding indictment altogether, or minimizing the scope of
criminal exposure. The Law Office of Anthony J. LaSpada has as its
number one goal to outwork the investigators of the government and
to know more about the matter at hand than they do.
Jury Proceedings: Representation
and advice for clients who are witnesses, subjects, or targets in
Grand Jury investigations, including litigation over Grand Jury
Negotiations and Sentencings: Mr.
LaSpada’s experience in the Federal system, and his reputation
with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and various Federal agencies,
allows him to pursue the most favorable plea arrangements, including
advocacy for clients at sentencing.
Trials and Appeals:
firm has litigated in both the Federal and State arena, including
trial and appeal issues. Associate Joseph Eustace has
substantial Appellate experience and has been successful in arguing
cases before the Florida Supreme Court, Second District Court of
Appeals, and Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
Civil Aspects: The
firm handles civil administrative matters which often accompany
white-collar cases, such as IRS audits and IRS collection matters,
Tax Court cases, and professional licensure proceedings.
It is often crucial that related civil proceedings be
coordinated with the criminal defense to fully protect the
and State offices aggressively pursue Forfeiture action against
citizens. The firm has
substantial experience in handling civil and criminal Forfeitures in
both State and Federal court. Forfeiture
claims frequently accompany criminal investigations of Health Care,
Drug, Tax Fraud, and Racketeering cases.
Forfeiture can deprive a client of the use of assets pending
disposition of criminal charges and adversely affect one’s ability
to defend oneself against such charges.
As such, coordination with the criminal defense is crucial.
provides service to clients from around the country, many of whom
have been contacted or expect to be contacted by State or Federal
investigators regarding potential criminal or civil issues. These
issues may be regarding investigations by the IRS, the FBI, the SEC
or other Federal or State agencies, including local law enforcement
such as the Sheriff's Office or local police department. Mr. LaSpada
can help the client determine what the problem areas are and whether
or not the client has any criminal and/or civil exposure. Mr.
LaSpada's approach to any case is to do everything possible to
quickly identify the issues in a case and to determine the best and
most effective defense. Often when individuals have been contacted
by the IRS, either in person or by mail, they are not sure what is
taking place. Mr. LaSpada intercedes on behalf of the client and
from that point on deals directly with the investigating agency. In
the event a client has been charged and arrested, Mr. LaSpada can
assist the client in obtaining a reasonable bond and being released.