How do I report someone who is not filing tax returns?

You can report someone who is not filing tax returns either by mail or by calling a hotline. Reporting tax law violations, including tax fraud and tax evasion, can and should be done anonymously. Examples of tax fraud include under-reporting income, keeping two sets of books, claiming personal expenses as business expenses, claiming other false deductions, or hiding or transferring assets or income. For more legal help regarding how to report someone committing tax fraud, use our free tool below.

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What should you do if you become aware of tax evasion or fraud? There are a few options to approach the issues of how to report someone who is not filing tax returns in keep with federal tax law.

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What should you do if you find out someone is violating tax laws?

How do you report a violation of tax law? There are a few ways to contact the IRS.

If you believe that someone is violating federal tax laws or avoiding federal income taxes, the best way to report to the IRS is by filling out a 3949-A form. Fill out and print the form and mail it to:

Internal Revenue Service Center
Stop 31313
Fresno, CA 93888

Another way to report IRS fraud is to call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 for the Criminal Investigation Hotline in your area. Failure to file tax returns is a form of tax evasion. Tax evasion amounts to using illegal means to avoid paying owed taxes and is a federal crime.

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How do you report tax fraud?

You may also want to report an individual or business for tax fraud. A tax fraud situation can consist of a variety of different activities designed to reduce or eliminate taxes owed by an individual or business. Examples of tax fraud include under-reporting income, keeping two sets of books, claiming personal expenses as business expenses, claiming other false deductions, or hiding or transferring assets or income. You may also use the form 3949-A to report IRS tax fraud, just print and fill out the tax fraud forms and mail it to the Internal Revenue Service Center, Fresno, CA 93888.

The form 3939-A requests a significant amount of information pertaining to the individual(s) you are reporting. Among other things, you will need to provide the name and address of the individual taxpayers. You should also be prepared to submit any documents that you have that will substantiate your claims, or you must indicate that you don’t have access to any documentation. Significantly, while you may provide your name and address, it is not required that you identify yourself. Therefore, form 3939-A may be used anonymously as an evasion or fraud report.

If you are unsure whether you need to file taxes or you have another question and would like to make sure that you could not be held criminally responsible for tax evasion or tax fraud, you should consult a tax attorney or a tax specialist.

It is always recommended that you consult with a tax professional to protect yourself and avoid undesirable criminal or civil penalties in the future.

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