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Current Fiscal Year Tax Fraud and Money Laundering Investigations



Abusive Return Preparers

Abusive return preparers create and file fraudulent tax returns for their clients which contain inflated personal or business expenses, false deductions, unallowable credits, and other false information to generate higher refunds.

Abusive Tax Schemes

Abusive tax schemes involve hiding money from the IRS by using fraudulent trust arrangements or by using undisclosed bank accounts, usually in foreign countries.

Corporate Fraud

Corporate fraud frequently involves falsification of corporate and individual tax returns.

Employment Tax Fraud

Some employers withhold taxes from employee’s wages but don’t pay those taxes to the IRS. Other employment tax evasion schemes include not reporting cash payments to employees, filing false payroll tax returns, or failing to file any payroll tax returns.

Financial Institution Fraud

Criminal Investigation focuses on tax and money laundering violations involving fraud against banks, savings and loan associations, credit unions, and other financial institutions.

General Fraud

Taxpayers who do not comply with their legal responsibility to file required tax returns and/or pay taxes are subject to criminal prosecution. 

Identity Theft

Identity theft occurs when someone uses another individual's social security number to file a tax return without that individual's knowledge or permission.

International Investigations

Individuals use foreign accounts, trusts, and other entities to facilitate tax fraud or money laundering. 

Money Laundering

Money laundering is a complex crime involving the movement of money earned from illegal activity into legitimate businesses in an attempt to make the money appear to be from legal sources. 


There have always been individuals who argue taxes are voluntary or illegal. The courts have repeatedly rejected their arguments as frivolous and routinely impose financial penalties for raising such frivolous arguments. 

Public Corruption

Public corruption investigations encompass a wide variety of criminal offenses including bribery, extortion, embezzlement, illegal kickbacks, tax fraud, and money laundering.

Questionable Refund Fraud

Questionable Refund Program (QRP) is designed to identify people preparing numerous fraudulent returns based on a pattern of fabricated income and deductions. 

Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 23-Sep-2015