New York (Feb. 3, 2003) -- In a formal agreement that is the first of its kind for the two agencies, the Internal Revenue Service and New York State Department of Taxation and Finance have agreed to work together to ferret out fraudulent tax filers.IRS chief of Criminal Investigation David B. Palmer and New York State Commissioner of Taxation and Finance Arthur J. Roth signed a memorandum of understanding to facilitate information sharing between their agencies to help identify fraudulent tax filers.

The agreement aims to facilitate communication and disclosure of returns and return information between IRS and NYS DT&F employees who deal with civil and criminal aspects of false refund claims, the agencies said.

"Refund fraud investigations are an emphasis area for IRS Criminal Investigation and nationally we have been increasing the number of case initiations in this area," said IRS CI Chief David Palmer. "Having a close working relationship between the IRS and state tax agencies will help us identify refund fraud schemes quicker to ensure integrity in the tax system."

-- Electronic Accountant Newswire Staff

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