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Did You Know The IRS Can Use Facebook & Twitter To See If You’re Cheating On Your Taxes?

Submitted by on April 15, 2013 – 10:39 amNo Comment

Today is April 15. And you know what that means. At least, we hope you know what that means. Your taxes are due! For millions of Americans, that means scrambling at the last second to get them filed. If you’re one of those people trying to get your taxes together today, it’s important for you to be truthful when filing your taxes and to avoid bragging about cheating on your taxes on Facebook or Twitter. That may seem obvious—after all, why would you brag about cheating on your taxes?!—but, believe it or not, people do do it. And they get caught more often than not because the Internal Revenue Service is allowed to snoop on you online if your tax return triggers any red flags.

They can check more than just Facebook and Twitter, too. If the IRS suspects that you might have cheated on your taxes, they can also check your credit card statements and look at other personal info online, too, in order to try and determine if they should audit you. The IRS doesn’t reveal exactly what they look at, but it’s pretty clear that they use all their powers (and laws that were put on the books several years ago) to scour the Internet and your online records in order to check up on you. There are fewer IRS agents today than there were a few years ago, so the IRS counts on the info that turns up to decide whether or not to investigate you further.

So, what can you do to avoid having the IRS come after you once you file your taxes today? For starters, don’t post anything on Facebook or Twitter that could potentially come back to bite you later. In fact, your safest bet is to steer clear of name-dropping the IRS or discussing your taxes online at all. You need to realize that anything you say or do online could be used against you later during an audit. And, most importantly, do everything in your power to be truthful when doing your taxes. It’s the easiest way to avoid an audit.

Now, go finish those taxes before it’s too late! You’ll feel much better today once they’re done for another year.

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