TaxAudit Blog

Category: Tax Evasion, Scams and Fraud

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The first thing to do is to check every name and Social Security number listed on the return with what is listed on their Social Security cards.

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You can reduce your risk of falling victim to scammer's schemes by developing a basic understanding of what the IRS can and cannot do.

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This scam involves cybercriminals approaching a tax preparer in the guise of a potential client, sending an email which asks about using the preparer’s services

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Thieves are creating convincing IRS CP2000 letters and sending them to unsuspecting taxpayers via the postal service and as an email attachment from the “IRS.”

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I got a phone call from the IRS last week; well, the very-computer-sounding voice said it was the IRS. "Hello, this is the IRS. We've been trying to reach you"

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Tax nightmares aren’t just for scammers. They can happen to people who make innocent mistakes, and even to those who believe they are doing the right thing.

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What do “Scarface” Capone and a tax audit have to do with each other? They actually do have a bit of a connection. Scarface went to prison for TAX EVASION!

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The IRS estimates they received over 2.4 million fraudulent returns for the 2013 filing year. If you’ve been the victim of this type of crime…

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These thieves use a legitimate taxpayer’s name, address and social security number to file a fraudulent return claiming a large refund, and then divert...

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What form do I file with the IRS for 2014 for a fraud case where I lost lots of money. The fraud case was adjudicated and the offender now sits in Fed Prison.

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 received a phone call from IRS telling me that I owe them $2,500. They said they sent me a letter in January of 2014 that I signed for telling me the errors...

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There are so many ways that taxpayers have tried to do an end run on the tax system that the IRS issues an updated consumer alert each year titled...

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Do feel motivated to give money to an organization after the last hurricane/tornado/flood/fire? Did you get a phone call, email, personal appeal by someone?

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Continuing on with Scams 8-12, let’s look at the third set of scams in The Dirty Dozen. False Income, Expenses or Exemptions: Another set of scams...

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Continuing on with Scams 5-7, let’s look at the second set of scams in The Dirty Dozen:  Return Preparer Fraud: Most preparers are honest, and want the best...

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Every year during awards season, the IRS announces its list of the Top Twelve Scams of the Year, or, The Dirty Dozen. Watch for these scams and report them...

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Michael Jackson stirs up many good memories for me. I mean he is the Elvis of my generation. I vividly remember getting his Thriller record for Christmas...

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In a recent case of tax evasion, Ty Warner, the creator of “Beanie Babies” was hit with $53.6 million in penalties for hiding money offshore.

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Tax scams increase exponentially during the income tax filing season. If you want to avoid being a victim, be aware that when someone offers you a “chance of...

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Phone Scams: There are numerous phone and internet scams claiming to be the IRS (or other government agencies). Do not give personal information to anyone...

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