Hunter Biden could be charged with tax crimes

The FBI has gathered enough evidence to charge Hunter Biden with tax crimes and making a false statement to buy a gun, according to the BBC’s US partner CBS News.

President Joe Biden’s son has been under federal investigation since 2018.

The decision on whether to file criminal charges now rests with the US Attorney in Delaware.

A lawyer for Hunter said he had not been contacted by federal agents. He has repeatedly denied breaking the law.

The US Department of Justice has declined to comment.

Hunter Biden, 52, is a lawyer and lobbyist who has worked abroad including in China and Ukraine. He was discharged from the US Navy in 2014 after testing positive for cocaine.

According to the Washington Post, federal agents began investigating him in 2018, and initially centred on finances related to his overseas businesses and consulting.

Over time, the investigation began to focus on whether Hunter properly reported his income and made false statements on paperwork used to purchase a firearm in 2018.

In a book published last year he had admitted to still being a heavy user of crack cocaine at that time. But the Washington Post reports that he said “no” on a federal form asking if he was “an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana or any depressant, stimulant, narcotic drug or any other controlled substance”.