James Edward Maule, MauledAgain (February 12, 2021): Will (Does) Increased Enforcement Reduce Tax Return Preparation Fraud?

James Edward Maule’s MauledAgain tax blog entry focuses on the problematic ability of wealthy individuals to turn to tax return preparation fraud and be easily pardoned. His article, “Will (Does) Increased Enforcement Reduce Tax Return Preparation Fraud?” includes the following commentary:

Reducing tax return preparation fraud will be easier to accomplish if it is part of a larger attack on all types of fraud, not just the tax kind. Better yet, that larger attack is more likely to succeed if it is part of an much bigger attack on crime. Success requires more than increased enforcement, but fair, equitable, and just enforcement. So long as those with money and connections are less frequently investigated, indicted, or arrested, get lower sentences, get preferential treatment while in custody, are far more likely to receive a pardon, and can “get away with murder,” even on Fifth Avenue, at least some of those not so privileged will turn to tax return preparation fraud, to say nothing of other crimes, in an attempt to compensate for the inequalities. It is said, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” It’s too easy to forget the corollary. “If it doesn’t work, fix it.” It’s not enough to prosecute and sentence fraudulent tax return preparers. It’s absolutely necessary to prosecute and sentence, at the same rate and with the same intensity, the folks who are playing tax fraud games with orders of magnitude more dollars on much bigger stages.

To see the full article, click: “Will (Does) Increased Enforcement Reduce Tax Return Preparation Fraud?”

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