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February 5, 2014

Fudging Your Taxes? Prosecutions Are Way Up, But The Big Push Now Is Against Identity Thieves
By Robert W. Wood

If you’re starting to think about tax filing season, you’re not alone. As always occurs in the run-up to April 15th, the government wants to remind you to fly right. You must sign tax returns under penalties of perjury. The numbers you report must be true—they’re not an opening offer. A new report by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse or TRAC, a Syracuse University research group would seem to provide proof the government, under President Obama, is cracking down hard. TRAC reported that the average tax crime prosecutions sought by the Justice Department has grown to 1,568 per year. During the George W. Bush administration, the annual tally was only 1,303. The watchdog report says some of the uptick in criminal tax cases is for tax refund fraud.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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