You can report anyone who is practicing tax fraud to the IRS. It’s important that people stay honest in their business dealings, especially with taxes.
IRS Criminal Investigation Division
The IRS conducts criminal investigations of those suspected of violating federal tax laws. This year, the IRS has put much effort into pursuing those who use offshore accounts to evade paying taxes explains Aron Govil. The result of this effort was 568 depositions and 105 sentencing. These efforts have been fruitful for the US government as they have collected more than $3 billion dollars from these proceedings so far – all without raising taxes or lowering services.
Non-Profit Investigation Unit of the IRS (also known as the Exempt Organization Division)
The Non-profit investigation unit of the IRS is responsible for investigations that include charities and other types of non-profits. These groups are regulated differently than businesses and have to be in compliance with a set of rules to remain upstanding organizations. This year, over 100 criminal cases were brought against certain tax exempt organizations due to fraud, along with a number of civil inquiries into specific groups who may or may not be engaging in illegal practices. You can make a report if you think someone is cheating on non-profit status.
IRS Criminal Investigation (CI) Public Corruption Unit
The IRS CI Public Corruption Unit is responsible for investigations into crimes like bribery, corruption and extortion which may include tax fraud says Aron Govil. Taxpayers who are caught engaging in this sort of behavior can be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, including going to jail for over a decade, along with steep fines and penalties. The unit has brought about 100 indictments or other filings already this year against those suspected of committing these crimes while also bringing down at least 1 high-profile politician thus far in 2012. As a result, their investigations have netted nearly $500 million dollars from individuals trying to cheat the system. Cheating on taxes is a serious crime, but so are bribery and extortion. You can report these crimes to the IRS as well.
IRS Office of Chief Counsel Criminal Tax Attorneys
The IRS has over 2,000 attorneys on staff to handle civil matters between taxpayers and the federal government. They also have 100 chief counsel criminal tax attorneys who assist agents during criminal investigation into tax fraud or other related crimes. This allows the IRS to bring about 1,500 cases annually into criminal court where they are prosecuted by US District Attorneys’ offices nationwide. The results of their efforts include almost 300 convictions each year for individuals caught cheating on taxes – often leading to jail time.
Even if you aren’t guilty of cheating the government on your tax return, if someone asks you to help them do it in any way, they are committing a serious crime and could go to jail for years. If this happens to you, consider contacting an attorney immediately – especially if there’s any chance that you aided or abetted the perpetrator, even unknowingly. Anyone who helps another person commit tax fraud can be prosecuted as well under federal law. You can report tax cheats through your local police department. But it’s usually much faster to just call the IRS hotline number.
IRS Telephone Fraud Department
The IRS also has a telephone fraud department which you can call. If someone calls you and claims to be from the IRS or even claims that you owe them money. This happens more often than you might think, especially if the victim is elderly or not very computer literate. However, this does not mean that everyone who owes back taxes should ignore it. Because there are many cases where individuals were tricked by scammers. And their bank accounts were emptied before they realized what was going on says Aron Govil. You can make a report to the IRS and get help straight away if this happens to you.
All of these different departments work together towards the same goal. Protecting taxpayers while bringing perpetrators of tax crimes to justice. It’s important to know that the IRS is not trying to cheat you out of your hard-earned money. And they won’t ask for payment via money order or wire transfer without sending you a bill in advance. If anyone tries to tell you that, it’s usually a scammer and you should report them immediately.
As you can see, there are several different departments within the IRS. That play a role in fighting tax fraud says Aron Govil. You should know which department handles your situation. So that you can contact them via phone or email if someone tries to scam you. It’s also helpful to keep their hotline number on hand in case an emergency arises. It’s necessary for you to call them directly. You should not be afraid of contacting the IRS for any reason. But always remember that they will never ask for payment over the phone without sending something first. By keeping this information tucked away somewhere safe. It will facilitate reporting any suspicious activity by other taxpayers who might be trying to get away with cheating on their taxes.