Saturday, April 16, 2005
The run-up to April 15 brings a wave of indictments for tax evasion, failure to file tax returns, and the like. A different case was announced on tax day by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts involving an IRS employee, James Lewis, at the Andover (Mass.) tax processing center who allegedly detroyed tax documents. A press release (here) states:
The Indictment alleges that LEWIS was employed by the IRS at its Andover Service Center as a Lead Clerk in the Distribution Unit. LEWIS was responsible for, among other things, processing taxpayer records, responding to taxpayer inquiries and to requests for assistance from elderly and handicapped individuals. Instead of fulfilling his duties, the indictment alleges that from January to May of 2003, LEWIS destroyed and attempted to destroy numerous taxpayer records. Such records included corrected W-2 forms and letters from taxpayers and their representatives seeking assistance.
Taxpayers depend on the IRS to process all that paper, and in most cases it is done properly -- we're the ones who make the computational errors or fill in the wrong line on the 1040. This, however, does not inspire confidence in the system. (ph)