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Pursuing Tax Fraud by Relaxing Taxpayer Privacy Laws

September 12th, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

Last week, I wrote about Operation Rainmaker. Authorities in Florida arrested several individuals in connection with filing false income tax returns using stolen social security numbers of the living and deceased.

Unfortunately, authorities did not charge the perpetrators with tax fraud, because the taxpayer privacy laws won’t allow authorities to obtain information from the falsely filed returns.

Reported by Tampa Bay Online, Florida Senator Bill Nelson introduced legislation in Washington on Friday that may assist authorities with prosecuting individuals who file tax returns using someone else’s social security number for tax fraud. More specifically, the legislation “would require the Treasury Department to examine ways to allow the IRS to share information with local law enforcement while still protecting taxpayers from potential abuse.”

Perhaps Senator Nelson is a regular reader of Taxes in the Back. Yes, even I sometimes engage in wishful thinking.

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