Washington (May 9, 2002) -- Keeping taxpayers alerted to the latest scams, the Internal Revenue Service has created an updated Criminal Investigation Web page on schemes and cons.  The redesigned page on Tax Fraud Alerts is the latest IRS effort to combat tax schemes.  The site is available by visiting www.irs.gov and using the home page link "Tax Scams/Fraud Alerts."
 "Identifying and combating actively promoted tax schemes is our highest compliance priority," said IRS Commissioner Charles O. Rossotti.  "Nothing undermines confidence in the tax system more than the impression that the average honest taxpayer has to pay his or her taxes while unscrupulous taxpayers are allowed to get away with not paying."


The IRS warns taxpayers to beware of the tax-savings pitch that sounds too good to be true. Taxpayers should seek expert advice before they subscribe to any scheme that offers promises of instant wealth or exemption from taxes.


"The IRS wants taxpayers to be aware of these schemes, scams and cons," said Mark Matthews, IRS Criminal Investigation chief. "This new page will help protect taxpayers by keeping them informed. We don't want taxpayers to get caught up in these schemes, which are costly to all Americans."


-- Electronic Accountant Newswire staff

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