Tax fraud is rife throughout the United States, despite attempts to clamp down on white collar crime, statistics show that for the 2010 fiscal year the IRS initiated 2,188 investigations against individuals suspected of committing tax evasion and a further 1,055 were convicted of tax fraud. As a result of tax fraud the IRS whistleblower Office has introduced an award scheme to encourage more individuals to come forward if they know of someone that is committing tax fraud. However for individuals who wish to remain anonymous when reporting income tax fraud the IRS also provides whistleblower confidentiality which allows whistleblowers the opportunity to report tax fraud anonymously and without fear of tax evader retaliation.
The whistleblower confidentiality service provided by the IRS, protects whistleblowers as far as is permitted by law however there are some circumstances whereby anonymity cannot be kept. For example if the whistleblower is an essential witness in judicial court then the whistleblowers identity may have to be revealed in order to proceed with the investigation. However the whistleblower confidentiality service will notify the whistleblower before proceeding. In order to ensure a clear understanding of the whistleblower confidentiality service it is recommended that individuals discuss the matter with a tax whistleblower attorney before reporting income tax fraud.
Reporting Tax Fraud
Reporting income tax fraud is a relatively simple procedure whereby the whistleblower collects the necessary information which includes the name, address and tax number of the suspect. The whistleblower must then either send the details including a brief description of the alleged fraudulent activity, the amount of time it has been happening for and the estimated amount that has not been reported. The whistleblower can then fill out a form provided by the IRS or send an appropriately detailed letter. There is also the option for whistleblowers to call in their local IRS or state taxation department and report tax fraud anonymously.
If you know of somebody that is guilty of violating U.S tax laws but are unsure about blowing the whistle and reporting income tax fraud then a tax whistleblower attorney at our personal injury law firm can offer their legal help. Please fill out an online form and learn more about whistleblower confidentiality and how to report tax fraud anonymously.