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How does the IRS investigate alleged tax crimes?

Accusations from federal agencies can result in serious criminal cases and possible consequences. In some instances, the Internal Revenue Service may suspect a Massachusetts resident of committing tax crimes and start an investigation into that person's actions. Understanding what that type of scenario could involve may help anyone facing this type of predicament.

When does using tax shelters turn into tax crimes?

Most Massachusetts residents would agree that they would not want to pay more than is owed on any financial obligation. For this reason, people look for as many ways as possible to avoid paying too much in taxes. Tax shelters are one way to make that happen, but when taken too far, it could turn into tax crimes.

The IRS may start knocking on doors

Millions of Americans, including most Boston residents, diligently file their tax returns every year whether they will have to pay or will receive a refund. Then there are taxpayers who fail to timely file their returns and do not pay their taxes. For this reason, the IRS may begin doing something it warns people it never does -- show up at people's doors.

If the IRS rejects a return, it could be due to identity theft

Technology has done so much to simplify life, but it also complicates it in many ways. The personal information of Massachusetts residents is out there for clever hackers to steal. When that information is stolen in order to defraud the IRS through tax-related identity theft, the only way individuals may know about it is when their income tax returns are rejected.

Cryptocurrency owners may want to watch out for the IRS

Technological advances have made it a challenge for taxing authorities to pursue those they believe are hiding money in order to avoid paying taxes -- until recently, that is. The IRS has worked diligently to find ways to track people who own cryptocurrency in order to make sure they pay taxes on it. For this reason, some cryptocurrency owners, including some here in Massachusetts, could find themselves facing allegations of tax crimes.

Taxpayers may be innocent victims in tax crimes

Like other people across the country, when Massachusetts residents do not know how to do something, they often turn to someone who does. For instance, fixing an electrical problem, treating an illness and even preparing their tax returns often require some help. People rely on those with the knowledge and experience in certain areas to handle matters on their behalf. When it comes to preparing taxes, the person someone relies on could potentially end up committing tax crimes. What happens to the taxpayers?

Got virtual currency? You could receive a letter from the IRS

Boston taxpayers are required to report all of their income, which includes any virtual currency owned. The problem is that it is easy to forget about it and that could draw the attention of the IRS. In fact, the federal taxing authority recently announced that it has begun contacting certain owners of this type of currency via mail.

Have you heard of he IRS's Information Returns Processing System?

Most Massachusetts taxpayers fill out their yearly tax forms, and they make sure they include every dollar of income in order to avoid any adverse repercussions for not doing so. Perhaps it's because they know, or at least suspect, that when it comes to collection taxes, the IRS has many tools at its disposal. One of those tools is the Information Returns Processing System.

3 face tax crimes for allegedly falsifying tax returns

Owning a business is a dream of many Massachusetts residents, but doing so comes with certain financial responsibilities. Most people fulfill these obligations, which include paying personal and business taxes. Every so often, the IRS alleges that certain business owners commit tax crimes by falsifying returns and failing to pay amounts the agency believes are due.

Innocent people pay for taxes filed incorrectly due to scams

It is tax time again. Numerous Massachusetts residents may anticipate refunds while others expect to pay. In either case, filings need to be made, and many people turn to others for help in maximizing refunds and minimizing payments. The problem is innocent people could end up paying for taxes filed incorrectly because they unknowingly became the victims of scammers.

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