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Manteca Tax Cheat Files Lien Against IRS Commissioner

There was a story I saw in the Modesto Bee recently about a Manteca woman who pleaded guilty to defrauding the IRS out of about $313,000.  It is not really your typical refund fraud case in the sense that the … Continue reading

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EIN Refund Fraud

Tax Refund Fraud.  We’ve seen this happening across the nation in a variety of communities.  The fraudster demographic is also quite diverse: some perpetrators are operating from within experienced fraud rings, some are regular street criminals (or inmates), some are even … Continue reading

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It’s Who You Know

Federal tax refund fraud is a growing problem that has the IRS on its toes.  Over the past few years the IRS has intensifyied its efforts to combat refund fraud, but it has been a challenge for the IRS to keep pace. Some … Continue reading

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Wal-Mart and the EITC

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a refundable federal income tax credit that was first offered to taxpayers back in 1975 to help prevent low income families from slipping into poverty.  EITC can mean tax relief (lower taxes) for … Continue reading

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An IRS January Tradition

On Thursday the IRS announced a massive nation-wide identity theft crackdown, and I believe I’m starting to see a pattern now. Around the end of December each year we tend to get together with our extended families to drink eggnog, decorate trees, exchange gifts, … Continue reading

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TIGTA Reports on Refund Fraud by Prisoners

One of the chronic problems at the IRS is they keep issuing refunds to criminals.  Refund fraud (a criminal form of tax relief) is a widespread issue reaching all the way into our country’s prisons.  Most people would probably be shocked to know … Continue reading

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Truncated Tax ID Numbers

Many people wait with some anxiety for their income tax refund check around this time of year.  If you get a big refund then you, in essence, have given the government an interest free loan all year.  Still, many taxpayers overpay … Continue reading

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Postal Workers Assisted in Tax Refund Fraud Scheme

A multimillion dollar tax refund fraud scheme was dismantled by authorities recently, but not after the IRS paid out over $5 million in refunds based on claims made using stolen identities from citizens of Puerto Rico.  “Operation Mass Mail” finally resulted in a … Continue reading

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The Victims of Identity Theft and Refund Fraud

Tampa, Florida criminals are still fixated on tax return fraud, a local trend that has held the attention of the IRS and law enforcement for the past several months.  I have blogged before about the criminals, but what about the victims … Continue reading

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An Academic View of Tax Fraud

A new book by Duke University professor, Dan Ariely, may shed some light on why so many people looking for tax relief tend to cheat on their income taxes. The book is called The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty: How We … Continue reading

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