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IRS Compliance Activities
During the past few weeks, you may have noticed an increase in publicity regarding
IRS efforts to crack down on tax schemes and tax fraud. First, we issued a consumer
alert that warned citizens not to fall prey to tax schemes that appear to be
too good to be true. These schemes often involve promises of big refunds or ways
to eliminate your tax liability entirely.
In addition to that consumer alert, we have also publicized our stepped-up compliance
enforcement efforts. For example, two weeks ago, the United States Attorney in
New York and IRS Criminal Investigation Chief Mark Matthews announced the indictment
of a father/son tax preparer team who are charged with the preparation of individual
and partnership tax returns that contained more than $35 million in inflated
and fictitious deductions. This investigation began as a result of a fraud referral
from IRS revenue agents.
And last week, more than 300 CI special agents conducted the largest enforcement
action ever taken by the IRS. They executed more than three-dozen search warrants
in multiple states and made four arrests. Our investigations, which are continuing,
focus on alleged illegal offshore trust programs.
These major enforcement activities send an unmistakable signal about our commitment
to pursue investigations of promoters and their hundreds of clients who try to
avoid paying U.S. taxes on millions of dollars by moving it overseas.
Our enforcement efforts demonstrate our continuing efforts to combat tax compliance
problems, and they serve as a reminder to honest taxpayers that those who refuse
to comply with the tax laws will be held accountable.
I briefed Secretary O'Neill a few weeks ago about these significant enforcement
activities, and he and I both extend our thanks and congratulations to employees
in the compliance areas for their continued good work.
National Director Communications Division - Posted on 03/13/2001
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