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Avoid conduct the Internal Revenue Service considers criminal

The Internal Revenue Service does not take kindly to people who defraud the tax system. Those who are caught doing so will find themselves in a lot of trouble. In fact, this could lead to hefty fines and time in prison. Is that something you want to risk?

There are many ways to legally reduce your personal income taxes. At the same time, there are ways you can do this through illegal means.

While most people avoid tax fraud at all costs, some look at this as easy money. They don't think the IRS will catch on to what they are doing, so they continue to go down this path.

The best way to avoid conduct the IRS considers criminal is to know right from wrong. If you think you are breaking the law, it is best to double check with the agency or your tax professional. This will ensure that you don't go down the wrong path.

Some of the most common examples of tax fraud include:

-- Deliberate underreporting of income.

-- Inflating the value of expenses for business.

-- Taking cash payments and failing to claim as income.

-- Hiding financial accounts.

-- Claiming a spouse exemption when you are not married.

-- Using a fake social security number.

-- Claiming charitable deductions that you did not make.

If you want to avoid conduct considered criminal by the IRS, make sure you follow all guidelines and laws set forth by the agency.

Anybody charged with a tax crime should immediately assess his or her situation to determine what happened.

Source: FindLaw, "Avoiding Behavior the IRS Considers Criminal or Fraudulent," accessed Dec. 10, 2015

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