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IRS/Income Tax

Combating Fraud, Waste and Abuse in Federal Tax Administration

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) is responsible for oversight of IRS activities and for maintaining integrity in the U.S. Federal tax system.  Fraud, waste, and abuse in Federal tax administration are unfair to all U.S. taxpayers and can take a variety of forms.  TIGTA’s oversight includes targeted audits, programmatic inspections and evaluations, and both criminal and administrative investigations of potential fraud, waste, and abuse.  Examples include:

  • Attempts by taxpayers to bribe IRS personnel;
  • Assaults or threats by taxpayers against IRS employees or facilities;
  • Theft of IRS tax remittances;
  • Impersonation of the IRS organization or IRS personnel in schemes involving the Internet or the mail to obtain personal financial information;
  • IRS employees who misuse their position for personal gain;
  • Outside contractors defrauding the IRS through false claims, deceptive contract methods, and other fraud;
  • Circumstances that could impede or hinder compliance with Federal tax laws and regulations; and,
  • Apparent abuses of taxpayer protection and rights.

Please report any information that you may have related to potential fraud, waste, and abuse to the TIGTA Hotline at