July 28, 2016

Know a suspected Tax Cheat? Yes, you can report the person to the IRS. Here's how.

A person recently commented on a tax-related post that his employer was paying him in cash, with no social security or other payroll deductions taken out.  Where should he report this?

How to Report Suspected Tax Fraud to the IRS

Answer:  You can report suspected tax fraud to the IRS by filing out a form and mailing it to the Internal Revenue Service in Fresno, California.  And no, you do not have to provide your name and contact information, although the IRS does invite you to do so, primarily so they can contact you if they have questions.  If you do provide your personal information, the IRS does not share it with the person, business, or organization you are reporting.

Examples of suspected tax fraud  reported to the IRS include failure to pay tax, failure to withhold, unreported income, organized crime, and suspected fraudulent activity by a tax return preparer.

Please visit the IRS' Reporting Tax Fraud Activity webpage for more information, and to download the proper form.  Please note that suspected tax fraud cannot be reported via telephone, the proper form must be completed and mailed to the IRS.
Questions about Tax Matters?

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  1. What if someone finds out I reported them to the IRS?

  2. Unless you share the information with others who then pass it along to the person you report, the person is not going to find out. If the IRS investigates the matter, it does not share the identify of the reporting person with the person, business, or organization being reported.


Thanks for sharing your comments here! Mary Rae Fouts