I hope stories like these convince people with IRS trouble to seek the help of a qualified tax professional! In a perfect world, the system would be fair, and people could deal effectively with the IRS on their own.
But we do not live in a perfect world, the IRS system is not fair, and so taxpayers are in much better shape if they hire a qualified professional to manage the process.
Let's just hope the taxpayers realize that.
The TaxProf blogs:
Mark Claybrooks, 41, an IRS agent in Walnut Creek, California, has been indicted on charges that he urged delinquent taxpayers to get the money needed to pay their tax bills by refinancing their home mortgages with a mortgage company. Mr. Claybooks is alleged to have received $20,000 from the mortgage company for two referrals. (With references to the Contra Costa Times, San Frnacisco Chronicle, and Web CPA)
Tax Prof also blogs about...
IRS agent Albert Bront, 49, of Valencia, California, screamed “I’m going to kill all of you!” when U.S. Treasury agents served a search warrant at his home as part of an investigation into whether Mr. Bront had filed false tax return. He is being held without bail pending a July 28 preliminary hearing in Los Angeles.
April 15.com blogs about...
IRS Auditor Jim Liu who claimed to have incurred a loss on selling an apartment complex when he in fact he had a rather large gain. To compound matters, he then altered documents to support his bogus claim. Mr. Liu subsequently pleaded guilty to tax fraud and faces up to three years in a federal penitentiary.