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Fraudulent tax returns surge 181% from last year....Why not get your money back?

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posted on Apr, 19 2011 @ 03:29 PM
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I personnaly dont see a problem with people trying to get a few extra bucks back from the IRS/Government...The government takes so much already from hard working Americans that shouldnt be taken, so whats wrong with Americans just trying to get a little bit of what they worked for back? I say more power t people that choose to do this...I dont care if its breaking the law or not...They are taking all of our money and rights away,so why not take from them?


NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- The number of taxpayers trying to bamboozle the IRS and collect bigger refunds has shot up this filing season.The IRS identified 335,341 tax returns claiming $1.9 billion in fraudulent refunds as of March 4, 2011, according to the findings of an audit conducted by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. That's a whopping 181% increase from the same period last year.




While the IRS has become more effective in its screening process, a weak economy has also driven more people to cut corners, said Tim Gagnon, assistant academic specialist of Accounting at Northeastern University.
"When the economy gets really bad, people get more touchy about how much they're paying in taxes and look at where they think they can push the envelope a little more," said Gagnon. "100 extra dollars really makes a difference to people now."



Many taxpayers tried to boost their refunds or reduce their tax liability by claiming deductions and credits they didn't qualify for, TIGTA found.Not all of the so-called "fraudulent" returns are a result of taxpayers trying to scam the system, said Gagnon. Many taxpayers were in such a pinch financially last year that they were less likely to hire a professional to prepare their taxes -- often resulting in more incorrect claims, outdated deductions and other common errors.


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I know it said that some have caused because of harmles air but I bet that most were from taxpayers trying to push it to get some more of their money back...
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posted on Apr, 19 2011 @ 03:34 PM
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I'm with you on this one.
The IRS and all the other alphabet soup agencies need to be abolished.



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