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All taxpayers are familiar with the IRS. Less well-known is TIGTA: the U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. TIGTA – a federal organization, comprised primarily of auditors and investigators, tasked with monitoring the Internal Revenue Service – periodically issues notices and reports recommending various IRS enforcement actions. For instance, as our employment tax attorneys previously wrote about, in 2017 TIGTA issued recommendations to the IRS concerning payroll tax fraud. TIGTA’s latest recommendations focus on IRS use of Form 3949-A (Information Referral), which, along with Form 211 (Application for Award for Original Information), is filed by tax whistleblowers who wish to report suspected tax violations. In this article, our tax fraud attorneys cover some of the TIGTA report’s highlights – and what they could mean for taxpayers who have unresolved compliance issues.
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The full TIGTA report (“Improvements Are Needed to Correct Continued Deficiencies in the Processing of Taxpayer Referrals of Suspected Tax Fraud”), along with selected highlights, are both linked above for interested readers. Both note that TIGTA identified five key areas for improvement:
Taxpayers should not take the wrong message away from TIGTA’s report. Does it suggest that, because there may be weak points in the IRS’ current system, tax evaders should not be worried about whistleblowers? Not in the slightest. On the contrary, the IRS is now in the process of improving its procedures, making it simpler and easier than ever before to report potential tax fraud effectively. As the IRS continues to implement TIGTA’s recommendations and tighten existing protocols, more and more tax evaders are likely to be caught in the web. If you have a history of noncompliance, now is the time to begin working out a strategy with an experienced criminal tax lawyer.
The good news here is most domestic or foreign income tax evasion can be disclosed and criminal prosecution avoided if the terms of the IRS voluntary disclosure procedure are adhered to.
If you are concerned about a previous failure to file taxes, failure to pay taxes, payroll tax issue, or other tax issue, ask the tax compliance attorneys at the Tax Law Office of David W. Klasing how we can help you reenter the IRS system. For a reduced-rate consultation, contact our law offices online, or call the Tax Law Office of David W. Klasing at (800) 681-1295 today.
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