Ever wonder how someone winds up in jail over taxes? It can be for a variety of reasons, but there is one common trait that everyone convicted of a tax crime shares — they talked to the IRS. Tax crimes are one of the most difficult to prove beyond a reasonable doubt because they require proving intent and state of mind. The IRS manual for Criminal Investigators and Auditors plainly states “Your first contact with the taxpayer may likely be your only opportunity to speak with the taxpayer, engage them in conversation…” Don’t do it! Politely ask for their card and let them know your representative will be in touch.
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