Suspected tax fraud can be reported to state online

2013-03-02T00:00:00Z Suspected tax fraud can be reported to state onlineDan Carden dan.carden@nwi.com, (317) 637-9078 nwitimes.com
March 02, 2013 12:00 am  • 

INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana Department of Revenue is hoping a new online reporting option will encourage more Hoosiers to notify the state of suspected tax fraud.

The new fraud reporting section on the DOR website — in.gov/dor/4792.htm — allows Hoosiers to anonymously file complaints if they believe someone has committed tax fraud.

"Although the department recognizes that most taxpayers are honest and seek to pay their fair share for the services they receive from the state, the department knows there are others who work hard to avoid their tax responsibilities," said Chetrice Mosley, spokeswoman for the revenue agency.

Department investigators will use the fraud reports submitted online to begin the process of determining whether a taxpayer is hiding income, claiming too many deductions or failing to pay taxes altogether.

Reports of possible tax fraud can also be telephoned to the revenue department at (317) 232-2271.

"Hoosiers who report tax fraud should note that due to confidentiality requirements, we cannot share the status of any investigation that might occur as a result of the information provided," Mosley said.

The new fraud reporting website also contains strategies on how to avoid identity theft and tax preparation scams.

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