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The United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California is one of only two U.S. Attorney's Offices in the country that has a separate division dedicated to litigating both criminal and civil tax cases. The Tax Division in the Northern District of California was established more than 30 years ago to ensure compliance with the United States' tax laws and to protect the public fisc with integrity, fairness, and expertise. The Tax Division prosecutes criminal violations of the Internal Revenue Code and works on complex tax issues in civil defensive and affirmative cases. These cases, which cover the spectrum from criminal tax fraud and evasion cases to civil cases including such matters as claimed refunds, fraudulent conveyances, lien determinations, and preferential transfers, are litigated in all the federal district, bankruptcy, and state trial and appellate courts within the Northern District of California as well as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Through its efforts, the Tax Division has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in uncollected taxes, successfully prosecuted myriad criminal tax law violators, and prevailed in countless affirmative and defensive cases in the various courts in which it practices.