Conman tricks to get you to
cheat the IRS at tax time
think of tax fraud as something that only involves the person or company
filing the tax documents. There
are however, conmen that attempt to engage the poor, indigent, and
seniors to commit fraud against both federal and state tax
sounds like easy money and it probably is, unless you get caught.
The tax fraud approach
The tax conman
generally approaches individuals that they know are in a tough
financial position, though there are some that pose as legitimate
financial planners or debt consultants. A few make no bones about the fact that what they are doing
is illegal. Others
claim total compliance with federal and state laws, claiming that
there are loopholes which allow their activity.
victims are often willing to believe that everything is on the up
and up because they need the cash, and again, the guy that is explaining
the deal sounds legitimate.
The tax fraud con
The conman creates legal corporations and then sends W-2
forms to the people he has recruited. The W-2 form indicates that the
corporation has deducted thousands from their paychecks. (Of
course there never were any paychecks, therefore, no deductions.)
He may even help the recruits file the tax forms to get the
money back from the IRS and the stateís department of revenue
corporation hasnít paid the taxes to the government, the
government considers that an issue between themselves and the
company, and pays the full tax refund to the filer. The filer then splits the tax refund with the conman and the
conman disappears. The
government canít find him and when the IRS investigates the
situation, the only person they can find is the filer who has
knowingly filed a fraudulent tax return.
Guess who gets arrested!
tells you that they can get you a tax refund that is more than
youíve paid in, contact a tax expert.
If someone sends you a W-2 or any other statement about or
from a job that you never held, get in touch with the IRS
information can be found at http://www.irs.gov.
Interestingly enough, the IRS occasionally pays rewards for
such information and you may come out ahead anyway.
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