Saturday, April 14, 2007
Each year as the tax return due date gets closer, we find the government filing more tax cases. These prosecutions are most likely timed to offer an increased deterence to those who might be considering not filing, or not paying what is due. But the government also wants to send a message to think twice if considering any tax scheme to defraud the government. So it is not surprising to see indictments this past week such as this one reported in a recent Press Release of the U.S. Attorney's Office in Central California. According to this release, "[a] Southern California woman was charged [ ] in a federal criminal complaint that alleges she stole the identities of hundreds of deceased people and used their personal information to file fraudulent federal tax returns that sought more than $1 million in refunds."
Addendum - Professor Brian Galle (Florida State) points out that the increased prosecutions this time of year may be a function of impending statute of limitations.