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Would You Report Tax Fraud for Money?

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PFAdvice recently blogged about a tax fraud reporting program at the IRS that would pay you anywhere between 1% to 15% of the amount of money the IRS recovers as a result of your reporting. Now, reporting sounds difficult because you need all sorts of information and proof about who you’re reporting (like their social security number, birthday, etc.) and it begs the question, would you sell out someone else for money? Chances are if you’re reporting someone then you probably know them (duh) and if you know their birthday then you probably friends with that person (or you’ve been spying on them), so would you sell them out for $100? (minimum payout).

I’m in the camp that everyone should pay their taxes, albeit minimized as much as legally possible, but I wouldn’t turn someone in for money. If someone was cheating on their taxes to the tune of a few thousand dollars (that’s a lot) and I felt compelled to turn them in (I wouldn’t), I’d do it for $0 compensation. It’s hard to sit on a moral and ethical pedestal fingering tax cheats when you’re getting paid to betray your friends.

Let me know what you think of this… especially if you disagree with me.

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7 Responses to “Would You Report Tax Fraud for Money?”

  1. I’m with you. I think everyone should pay their fair share (minimized as much as possible within the law), but I wouldn’t turn someone in for the money.

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  3. Matt says:

    The only person I’ve ever reported to the IRS wasn’t a friend but a (former, thank God) landlady. Who was in fact cheating on not only her income taxes but several government benefit programs as well.

    I never got any reward money for it, but the investigations that were opened in response to my reports about her fraud did help me win my case against her in court.

  4. Tim MMF says:

    I agree, I’d turn them in anyway…the compensation for doing so is just a bonus.

  5. Anonymous says:

    take a look denis hurley born 9-11-70 last year he ern 1800a week

  6. dorothy m clark says:

    i reported my granddaughters father because i had custody of her and paid for her without help from him and he went and claimed her on his taxes so when i went to claim they said i couldnt claim her.. so i filed a report and i didnt do it for money but i have no mercy for fathers who dont pay for their kids. i paid for everything for her.

  7. boon says:

    No! Not at all.

    I just want everything goes right. And doesn’t harm our country. That’s it.

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