IRS consultant charged in leak of tax returns for Trump, wealthy Americans

If a tax consultant is charged with leaking tax returns for President Donald Trump and other wealthy Americans, the consultant could face fines, jail time, and a permanent suspension of their tax consultancy license. Depending on the situation, the consultant could face both state and federal charges for distributing confidential tax information in violation of the Internal Revenue Code. He or she could be subject to a civil penalty of up to $5,000 and potentially face criminal charges such as conspiracy, fraud, or identity theft depending on the specific situation. The consultant could face prosecution under the Internal Revenue Code, the federal False Claims Act, or state and local laws. The maximum penalty upon conviction of a federal crime can include up to three years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. In addition to possible criminal and civil penalties, the consultant’s financial regulator or state licensing boards may sanction the consultant, which could result in suspension or revocation of a professional license.


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