While virtually no one enjoys paying taxes, doing so is a part of each American’s civic duty to the country. Taxes go to pay for programs that assist disabled individuals, fund our military and a host of other important uses. Unfortunately, some people choose to cheat when it comes to paying taxes, and their fraud often ends up costing millions. That’s why it’s vitally important for you to report tax cheats; but how do you go about doing so?
The Reporting Process
In most cases, tax fraud can be reported directly to the Internal Revenue Service, and most people choose to undertake this act anonymously. In many situations, people who are reporting tax fraud are close to the individuals they are reporting, and remaining anonymous often saves those relationships that would otherwise be strained by the reporting. To report fraud directly to the IRS, you will need to fill out form 3949-A, located on the agency’s website or in official offices. While you are encouraged to submit your personal information, the IRS does not require it
, meaning you can report anonymously if you would like.
The Legal Aspects
Unfortunately, as personal injury attorney Eric J. Hertz, of the Hertz Law Firm, points out, doing the right thing by reporting tax fraud is not always without consequence. There are a number of legal pitfalls that may come along with reporting, especially if you were incorrect in reporting an innocent person. If it is found out that you knowingly or unknowingly gave incorrect information about a person to the IRS, you may find yourself targeted for civil and criminal penalties. If this happens, it pays to have a defense attorney on your side.
If You’ve Been Falsely Accused
Conversely, if you have been the victim of a false accusation claiming that you have attempted to defraud the government, you may be entitled to compensation. Eric J. Hertz and his staff of personal injury attorneys can discuss your case in detail and determine what damages have taken place. Keep in mind that the mental and emotional stress that often comes along with being falsely accused of tax fraud can lead to very serious problems, including depression, insomnia and anxiety. In addition, some individuals end up losing their jobs, friends and even family relationships over false accusations of criminal activity. You don’t have to live with those consequences, and even if the person who reported you did so anonymously, there is a good chance that Eric J. Hertz and the Hertz Law Firm can get to the bottom of things.
Don’t Be a Victim Any Longer
You don’t have to be the victim of someone else’s actions. The Hertz Law Firm employs legal professionals who can investigate the specifics of your case and ensure that justice is served. Eric J. Hertz will fight hard to get the compensation you deserve for the pain and suffering you’ve endured, and you’ll be informed through each step of the process. Contact the Hertz Law Firm today if you’ve suffered due to being falsely accused of tax fraud by calling 404-577-8111.