Facebook Helps IRS Catch Violations of Tax Law


Facebook Helps IRS Catch Violations of Tax Law

by Joseph M. Donegan on March 6, 2013

The Internal Revenue Service is pulling out all the stops to detect and prosecute Americans who violate tax law, and social media is helping the agency catch many criminals in their tracks.

Many people are implicated in crimes due to information they post on social media websites, and one woman who committed tax fraud has the posts she made on Facebook to thank for her prosecution. An ongoing IRS investigation into the nearly two million-dollar tax fraud case of Rashia Wilson has been largely facilitated by posts she made on Facebook, according to CPA Practice Advisor magazine. Officials say Wilson - a self-proclaimed income tax fraud pioneer who instructed others on how to to defraud the IRS - made a number of comments and posts on the social networking site that eventually led to searches of her home, her computers and Facebook accounts.

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