Tax Thieves Come Knocking on Doors

When it comes to taxes, things can become complicated quickly, including a tax debt case. Thieves posing as the IRS or FBI ask people to hand over their back taxes immediately to avoid arrest, and the threat seems to work because thousands of dollars were recovered from such a scheme in Edison, New Jersey. The thieves usually target old couples, immigrants, and the uneducated. How the thieves know who owes back taxes hasn’t been discovered yet but it is suspected that it might involve identity theft.

If you face a situation such as this, call Special Agent John McBride of the U.S. Department of Treasury at 732-418-3909 or call the police.

According to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, tax fraud has grown substantially in the recent years. From 456,000 cases in 2009, the cases of tax fraud have risen to 1.9 million in 2013. The sharp increase in tax fraud has made fraud a subject of hearing by the House Oversight and Government Reform, a subcommittee on government operations.

Among all tax scams, identity theft topped the charts on the IRS' Dirty Dozen Tax Scams for 2013, as the most common tax scam faced by American taxpayers. The IRS complains of a lack of resources. However, the agency has 21 units to handle tax fraud. According to IRS Acting Commissioner Danny Werfel, the IRS has produced 785 indictments of tax fraud through June. In 2013, more than 4.6 million suspicious tax returns were discovered and rejected.

It is the responsibility of the government to protect its citizens, but the shifting responsibility between the IRS and the government ultimately affects taxpayers. It is advisable that when it comes to tax fraud, taxpayers must protect themselves.   

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