WASHINGTON, D.C. (4/9/13) – With the annual tax filing deadline approaching on April 15, the Justice Department today announced highlights of its work during the past year to defend and enforce the nation’s tax laws.
The Tax Division has worked together with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to carry out their combined tax enforcement missions in several critical areas, including prosecuting tax fraud and evasion, halting the spread of abusive tax shelters, tracking down tax cheats who use offshore accounts, and combating stolen identity refund fraud. Previously, the division announced that it has shut down more than 30 fraudulent tax preparers over the past six months.
The Tax Division’s primary purpose is to enforce the nation’s tax laws fully, fairly, and consistently, through both criminal and civil litigation. Some of the division’s accomplishments from the past fiscal year (FY 2012) include:
• Favorable outcomes were achieved in over 95 percent of all civil and criminal cases litigated by the Tax Division.
• The division authorized 938 grand jury investigations and 1,751 prosecutions of individual defendants.
• Division prosecutors obtained 127 indictments and 137 convictions. Those figures do not include additional criminal tax prosecutions handled exclusively by U.S. Attorney’s Offices nationwide.
• The division collected over $290 million through affirmative civil litigation and retained over $1.1 billion through defensive tax refund and other litigation.
• Taking into account the tax dollars collected and refunds not paid as a result of our successful litigation efforts, over the past five fiscal years (FY 2008-2012), the division’s attorneys have returned to the Federal Treasury an average of $14 for each dollar invested.
“As honest taxpayers prepare to meet their filing obligations by April 15, they should know that we are committed to enforcing the tax laws against those who would cheat on their responsibilities,” said Assistant Attorney General Kathryn Keneally. “The department will continue to use all available law enforcement tools to recover tax revenue and to punish tax offenders.”
“The IRS and Department of Justice have made significant strides in recent months to combat tax fraud, identity theft, and offshore tax evasion,” said IRS Acting Commissioner Steven T. Miller. “We appreciate the Justice Department’s strong support and cooperation to protect the interests of the nation’s taxpayers.”
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