In today’s digital world, it can be challenging to navigate legal situations, such as IRS investigations. Specifically, managing social accounts in the midst of an investigation can be a complicated process to navigate. In general, if you are involved in a significant IRS case and furthermore, the subject of a criminal investigation, it’s important to avoid discussing certain topics online.
It is essential for individuals involved in complex investigations with the IRS to seek legal counsel from a skilled tax attorney. An experienced attorney can provide essential guidance on how to manage your digital life in the wake of an IRS investigation. Here are some important topics to avoid discussing online if you’re involved in an IRS investigation.
Don’t Delete Incriminating Posts
If you have social media posts that may be incriminating in your investigation, deleting them will only further question any criminal involvement. While it may seem counterintuitive to avoid deleting questionable posts, there’s a good chance the federal agents assigned to your case have already seen the posts in question—even if it’s a post from a long time ago. Deleting them will only appear like an attempt to hide evidence. If you know of posts that could exemplify your criminality, the best thing you can do is to let your attorney know of the posts and their content, so they can be best prepared in court.
Don’t Deactivate Your Accounts
Similarly, deactivating or deleting your accounts can appear questionable—especially if the IRS is using them to investigate you or your business. Just like deleting your posts, deactivating your accounts will only come off as an attempt to hide evidence. Instead, leave your posts and accounts as they were and make sure your attorney has access to anything an investigator would.
Don’t Accept Friend Requests From Unknown People
You’ll also want to avoid interacting with any people you don’t know on social media. Be sure to decline any friend requests from people you don’t know, as you never know who is trying to access information and content on your accounts.
Don’t Communicate with People Involved in Your Case
You should never engage in communications with any person who could be involved in your case. This includes both agents who could be investigating you or individuals who could testify against you. In general, avoid communicating with jurors, witnesses, and investigators.
Don’t Post Details About Your Investigation
While it may seem obvious to avoid posting about your case, it’s still important to emphasize. Posting about your investigation on social media accounts, such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter is one of the worst ways to expose yourself during an investigation. Additionally, it’s generally best practice to avoid talking about your case on other digital outlets, such as email and text.
Choose Morgan Sebastian for Help With Your Taxes
If you are the subject of a serious investigation with the IRS, it’s essential to seek representation from a skilled tax attorney. IRS investigations are serious matters and engaging in certain actions could worsen your case. With the help of a skilled attorney, you can avoid engaging in behaviors that could negatively affect the outcome of your investigation.
At Morgan Sebastian Law, Attorney Becky Sebastian is eager to help you navigate the complexities of your taxes. As a trusted tax resolution lawyer, Attorney Becky Sebastian has years of experience representing business owners and individuals who are experiencing tax audits, wage garnishment, and other tax-related issues. She can provide you with the professionalism and peace of mind you deserve when dealing with the IRS.