How to report tax fraud anonymously

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How to report tax fraud anonymously
Tax fraud is a federal offence that is punishable by law. (handcuffs image by William Berry from

Although the IRS conducts tax audits each year, tax fraud is, and continues to be a problem in the U.S. In fact, for the 2010 financial year, the IRS initiated 2,188 investigations against individuals suspected of this white-collar crime; 1,055 individuals were convicted of tax fraud. If you suspect that someone is committing this crime, you can play a role in deterring tax fraud by reporting the crime. Fortunately, the IRS offers individuals who report this crime the opportunity to remain anonymous.

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    Get as much detail about the suspected tax fraud as possible. This may include, but is not limited to, the name and address of the suspect, as well as any additional information surrounding the alleged fraud.

  2. 2

    Visit the IRS home page and download form 3949-A, Information Referral.

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    Complete the form by typing directly into it. Print the completed form.

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    Write a separate letter addressed to the IRS, specifically asking to be kept anonymous throughout the course of the investigation. You must date and sign the letter. According to the IRS, "your identity can be kept confidential." However, since form 3949-A does not give you the option to remain anonymous during the investigation, make the request in writing.

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    Send your completed form 3949-A and letter via certified mail to the following address:

    Internal Revenue Service Fresno, CA 93888

    Expect to receive confirmation about the receipt of your report and request from the IRS.

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