You suspect that someone is committing tax fraud, but you’re not sure what to do.
How do you report tax fraud? Should you call the IRS fraud reporting number?
The Internal Revenue Service has specific procedures in place that involve filing a form to report the type of fraud you believe may be taking place.
Here’s how to report tax fraud.
Print Form 3949-A from the IRS website or request the form by calling the Tax Fraud Hotline recording at (800) 829-0433. (Alleged tax law violations referrals are not accepted by phone.)
Mail the form to Internal Revenue Service, PO Box 3801, Ogden, UT 84409 to report the following:
You may also send a letter to the address instead of the form. Send as much information as possible, including the name and address of the person you are reporting, the Social Security number and/or employer identification number if you have it, the description of the offense, years involved and estimated dollar amount of unreported income.
You are not required to identify yourself, but the IRS says it is helpful to do so, and your identity will be kept confidential.
Some instances may require you to share your identity, especially if the fraud is related to a situation like a tax professional working on your tax refund.
Other types of forms are required for other types of suspected tax fraud. Don’t use Form 3949-A to report the following:
If you have information and want a reward, fill out and submit Form 211. Mail it to address on the form.
There are two types of informant rewards:
See Whistleblower Rules at IRC Section 7623(b).
The IRS fraud hotline is a toll-free number you can call to get information about reporting suspected fraud. You cannot file a report when you call. However, you can get details on submitting a form or letter to report suspected fraud and downloading the reporting form from their website or ordering one using the hotline.
Again, the toll-free IRS fraud hotline number is (800) 829-0433.
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