From a July 20 Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration Investigation Highlights (that’s really what they call it, “highlights”), some don’t dos:
If you work for the IRS, don’t give a taxpayer a break on the audit of his medical marijuana business, tell the taxpayer you want him to pay your student loans, then accept cash payments totaling $20,000 from the taxpayer instead.
If you work for the IRS, don’t tell a taxpayer that he owes $758,846 in back taxes, report to the IRS that the amount of back taxes owed is $282,363, set up a bank account in the name of “dba U. S. Treasury and Accounting Service,” then tell the taxpayer to wire $758,846 to that account. See what the IRS employee was doing there?
If you work for the IRS, or even if you don’t, don’t file a tax return claiming as dependents (1) a person who isn’t related to you and who paid rent to live in your house, and (2) a person who isn’t related to you who didn’t live with you at all. Then don’t make it worse by helping other individuals to file tax returns with similar bogus dependent claims, along with bogus claims for the child tax credit and earned income tax credit.
Don’t do any of those things, or you’re likely to wind up being sentenced to a term of incarceration by a federal judge.
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