The Internal Revenue Service improperly screens many reports of possible tax fraud submitted by taxpayers and routes them to the wrong place, according to a new government report.

When individuals want to report possible instances of federal tax fraud by a taxpayer, the IRS instructs them to first complete and mail Form 3949-A, Information Referral, or to detail the allegations in the form of a letter. However, many of these reports of suspected tax fraud were improperly routed and screened by the IRS, according to a new audit report released Thursday by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.

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