The 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
Criminal and Civil Tax Experience
News Flash: To 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 this situation.
The Law Office of Anthony J. LaSpada has significant experience in the following areas:
Criminal 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.
IRS Return Preparer Investigations: The 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.
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.
IRS 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 violations
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.
The 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:
Are you presently under criminal or civil audit by the IRS?
Do you have unfiled tax returns?
Do you have a Foreign Bank Account?
Have you received a letter from the IRS or your Foreign Bank Account relative to any inquiry?
Is the IRS attempting to collect any taxes, penalties, and interest on any tax returns that you have not filed or have filed or filed incorrectly?
If 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.
The 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.
The 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.
The 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.
Mr. LaSpada has served in a number of Federal positions, including as a Criminal Tax Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. 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 Tampa office. 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.
Mr. 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 available. Mr. LaSpada is readily available and responsive to his clients, often on the phone or meeting with clients as early as 7:00 a.m. Mr. LaSpada returns calls personally and timely, knowing that this is probably one of the most significant and stressful periods in his client's life.
Areas of Representation
Pre-Indictment: Representation 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.
Grand Jury Proceedings: Representation and advice for clients who are witnesses, subjects, or targets in Grand Jury investigations, including litigation over Grand Jury subpoenas.
Plea 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: The 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.
Related 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 client's rights.
Forfeitures: Federal 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.
What kind of client comes to Anthony J. LaSpada, P.A.?
Mr. LaSpada 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.
1802 North Morgan Street
Tampa FL 33602
Representation in pre-indictment stages of criminal investigations, with the goal of avoiding indictment altogether or minimizing scope of criminal exposture. This can be the most valuable service of all.
Grand Jury Proceeding
Representation and advice for clients who are witnesses, subjects, or targets in grand jury investigations, including litigation over grand jury subpoenas.
Plea Negotiations & Sentencing
Representation to resolve criminal charges on most favorable basis, including advocacy for clients under Federal Sentencing Guidelines.
Trials & Appeals
The firm has substantial experience handling federal trials and appeals.
Related Civil Aspects
The firm also handles civil administrative matters which often accompany white-collar cases, such as IRS cases, Tax Court cases, and professional licensure proceedings (medical, legal, and accounting). It is often crucial that related civil administrative proceedings be coordinated with the criminal defense to fully protect the client's rights.
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 effect one's ability to defend oneself against such charges. As such, coordination with the criminal defense can be crucial.
The firm was established by Anthony J. LaSpada, who began private practice after a distinguished career as a prosecutor in the United States Justice Department. Mr. LaSpada was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Tax Division of the Justice Department, where he prosecuted criminal tax cases. Mr. LaSpada later served as Chief Assistant United States Attorney in the Tampa office. Mr. LaSpada is a graduate of Georgetown University, and of the American University Law School in Washington, D. C. He enjoys an "AV" rating from Martindale-Hubbell.
The firm also includes Joseph A. Eustace, Jr., who has been an associate of the firm since March of 1983. Mr. Eustace is a Tampa native and a graduate of the Stetson University College of Law, where he was an Associate Editor of the Stetson Law Review. Mr. Eustace participates in all of the firm's practice areas, and in addition specializes in appeals from those areas.
The firms attorneys are admitted to practice in all courts of the State of Florida, as well as the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida and DistriCt of Columbia; the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh, Fifth and District of Columbia Circuits; the United States Tax Court; and the United States Supreme Court.
They are affiliated with the American Trial Lawyer's Association, the Association of Florida Trial Lawyers, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. They are members of the Hillsborough County Bar Association, the St. Petersburg Bar Association, and the Tampa Bay Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.
The law firm of Anthony J. LaSpada, P. A. takes pride in providing legal services and advice in a personalized manner. By limiting the size of the firm and the areas of practice, the firm is able to maintain personal contact with its clients, who are able to have direct access to their attorney whenever necessary.
The firm welcomes referrals by attorneys and other professionals whose clients have concerns in these areas.