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Sound Off: Reporting tax fraud

I know someone from another state who is cheating on his taxes and bragging about getting a large refund. Who do I call to report this to?

To report suspected tax fraud, fill out a Form 3949-A at, or call the tax fraud hotline at (800) 829-0433.

— If you have a question, call 832-7297 or send email to


Paul Wilson 5 years, 4 months ago

A good place to start is anyone who receives a return but did not pay any income tax. Even that this could happen shows how jacked our tax code is. Though this is not fraud...If you are one of these are a big part of the problem.

jhawkinsf 5 years, 4 months ago

It has been estimated that about half of those who file are cheating in some way or another. That's going to be a lot of reporting.

kernal 5 years, 4 months ago

Wonder if a person would use Form 3949-A if a person was cheating on just his state tax returns, of if each state has its own form.

JackMcKee 5 years, 4 months ago

What kind of an idiot breaks the law and brags about it?

Cant_have_it_both_ways 5 years, 4 months ago

All you "Pay your fair share" types should be all over this one. Thats right, I forgot, you should only pay your fair share if you are in the 1%.

John Hamm 5 years, 4 months ago

Social Security is not an "entitlement." It was paid for by workers and their employers with every paycheck they received and issued.

elliottaw 5 years, 4 months ago

he doesn't like facts, he just throws the teabag party lines out there, best to ignore him

Gary Anderson 5 years, 4 months ago

Budget Deficit To Drop Below $1 Trillion in 2013: CBO...oh, oh...

Georgine McHenry 5 years, 4 months ago

Social Security is classified as an entitlement but I worked and paid into the system for many long years. I DO have a problem with social security being paid to persons that have NOT contributed a dime ... ie: a woman collecting ss ,who's husband worked but she DID NOT. Basically, No tickey...NO laundry.

funkdog1 5 years, 4 months ago

Look, most women in this world work and work hard, whether or not they're paid by an employer. What a ridiculous thing to say.

Claire Williams 5 years, 4 months ago

Sounds like what you have a problem with is women. What happens to the widows (or widowers) out there who spent their lives taking care of their families while their partner worked?

I guess after her husband died when she was in her 70s, my grandmother should have been told to go out and get a job instead of collecting his social security.

gatekeeper 5 years, 4 months ago

I would love to have you come say that direct to my elderly mother. She stopped working outside the home in her late 20's, once the 3rd child was born. She raised 4 kids, then cared for her elderly father and mother until they passed, then cared for my sister while she fought and died from cancer, then cared for my father who had Alzheimers. By the way, she fought her own battle with cancer, while caring for her own elderly mother. She would have gone back to work once us kids were old enough, but she had to care for everyone else (even though she would have preferred to be outside the home instead of playing nurse for decades). Yeah, she doesn't deserve my father's SS.

She worked her *ss off, probably much harder and more emotionally draining than anything you'll ever do. Days when I think I've got it rough, all I have to do is think about how hard she had it.

According to your logic, she should be left to starve. Guess what? My father paid into SS for 50 years and didn't live long enough to get much back from it. It's more than fair that my mother gets his SS pay.

There are words harsh enough to describe what you are.

patkindle 5 years, 4 months ago

Last fall, 51% of the voters told us they wanted The rich to pay more taxes to support those Who are not as prosperous. They believe the govt Is smarter than us, and should carry us from cradle to grave On the backs of the working people Sooner or later , even the working class will smarten up

Richard Heckler 5 years, 4 months ago

Wives easily work 40 hours a week at home while Mom's are likely putting in 80 hours a week = earned that SSI.

The Washington Post’s WonkBlog has a scoop: People don’t want to cut Social Security!

The post concerns a recent survey that is actually pretty useful, in that it supports what should already be common sense: People have been led to believe that Social Security faces a crisis in funding. When you tell people some proposals for fixing it, they a) overwhelmingly choose to fund it more generously and b) decide that the program actually does not face any sort of crisis at all.

A marketing firm hired by the National Academy of Social Insurance surveyed a random sampling of Americans and discovered that what people want is to raise taxes on rich (and regular!) people in order to fund more Social Security benefits, which is a good idea because the program is currently pretty stingy by international standards and Americans don’t actually have pensions anymore.

For those unfamiliar with Social Security, it is a modest national social insurance program that helps prevent our nation’s old people from starving in the streets, as many of them used to. It is not terribly progressive in its redistribution and it is overwhelmingly funded by the middle classes rather than the rich, but both of those factors have helped shield the program from the existential threats that programs intended explicitly for the poor face each time Republicans or neoliberal Democrats get the hankering for some reform.

Politicians from both parties still regularly run on a platform of “ending welfare” and “strengthening Social Security.”

Despite the staggering popularity and undeniable success of Social Security, a lot of political figures are obsessed with killing it.

Some people want Social Security ended for honest ideological reasons, but most of the loudest voices in favor of “reforming” the program wish to do so because it would make them or their friends a lot of money by effectively forcing all Americans to gamble their retirements on the fluctuations of the giant Wall Street casino.

I don't support a means test. Everyone who pays in has a right to their retirement insurance money. Bring it on. I also support all spouse's getting that money to help them along. Paying this tax is a nice benefit. A lot of women bust their butts keeping a man easy to get along with.

Which taxes is the case in point not paying? On the other hand this case in point may be blowing smoke to impress those around him. Then again if the culprit is not paying it seems a bit reckless to be making announcements of such.

Cant_have_it_both_ways 5 years, 4 months ago

Income tax refunds are starting to hit. The tatoo parlors are full and the credit card companies are not getting paid.

windjammer 5 years, 4 months ago

And the crack dealers are doing record business.

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