It seems pretty obvious that violating any taxation rules or policies applied in the United States will lead to legal prosecution and consequences. However, many people still manage to try and override these rules, cheat with their tax documents, and get illegal benefits from such actions. The US Internal Revenue Service (or IRS) is actively fighting to counter such activities, but sometimes it is impossible to fight alone.
Thus, the Revenue Service has invented a document that any person can use if they suspect that someone is trying to cheat with their taxes and committing fraudulent actions, and it is the IRS Form 3949-A. The form represents an easy way to report if someone (whether an entity or a person) is allegedly trying to breach the tax legislation.
The document’s structure is straightforward. If you suspect anyone of tax fraud, you will need to report the following:
If you decide to submit this form, bear in mind that the IRS representatives will most likely conduct an investigation, and you will be a part of it. You must be prepared to provide all the necessary details and communicate with the institution to ensure a full-scale investigation and justice.
Also, remember that this is a serious accusation, and you must be sure of all the facts you outline in the form. You can face problems if you deliberately lie in the document.
If you have thought over the form submission and further possible communications with the Service and decided to create the form, keep reading to understand how to complete the template and send it.
The Service had probably tried to draw up a template as simple as possible because this document can be executed both by experts dealing with taxes regularly and ordinary people who might lack knowledge on the topic. If you feel like reporting possible tax fraud, you can easily fill the form out.
We have developed a general guide that will help you do so. Scroll down to see if you already have gotten the latest template. If not, you can either download it from the official Service’s web page or try generating it with our form-building software that is quite easy to use. We offer a proper IRS Form 3949-A you can get in seconds.
1. Read the Caution Note
The form starts with caution: every applicant must read it and ensure that this template fits the case. There are other relevant forms you can pick instead, so check the guide proposed by the Service before creating the form(you can find it by scrolling to the form’s second page).
2. Provide Details on the Fraudster
Unlike many other forms, you should start with describing the fraudster on who you are reporting and their unlawful actions. The whole Section A is about those things.
You can suspect either a person or an entity. Depending on who you suspect of fraud, you should select the part to fill out. The first part is dedicated to individuals, while the second one is meant for business entities.
In the first case, you should write all basic details about a person step by step: their full name, social security number (or SSN) or taxpayer identification number (or TIN), birth date, complete address (with a city, state, and postal code), occupation, and email address.
Below, you have to specify their marital status by checking a suitable box (if you do not know it, do not mark any of the boxes). If a suspected person is married, add their spouse’s name nearby.
For a business, provide its name, employer tax identification number (EIN), phone number, complete address, email address, and website.
3. Outline What Had Happened
You should describe the fraud that you suspect had occurred. There are 16 options (organized crime, kickback, unreported or narcotics income, failure to cover taxes, and so on), and you must pick all that are applicable to the case. If you find any of the options not clear enough, you may see its definition on the form’s second page.
Mark all the relevant boxes. If something has happened that does not fit any of the boxes; you can check the last box and provide additional info in the designated lines further.
If you know the exact sums or unreported income during last years, feel free to fill out the next part where you can give info for six past years. Indicate the year and the sum in US dollars in the relevant lines.
Then, you can add various comments to your statement in a couple of lines.
Under these lines, you will see three additional questions. You should only reply if you are sure of your answers. You will be asked if the taxpayer under review imposes danger to the public if you have access to any of their books or records, and if you have any info on what banks (or other financial institutions) the taxpayer is using to conduct the hoax.
The first two questions are “Yes” or “No,” and the last question demands to specify the institution’s name(s) and address(es). You can add up to two institutions here.
4. Provide Info about Yourself
Of course, if you make such a statement, the Service should be able to find and question you. Probably, you will be the main witness in their investigation. So, you should provide your details, too.
Write your full name and valid phone number. Specify the best time when you are available to talk on the phone. Add your full address below. No additional info is required.
Under Section C (where you provide details about yourself), you will see the address where you must submit your record on the form’s first page. When you finish with the document creation, visit your local post office and send the papers to the indicated address.
The Service offers a wide range of templates to report tax fraud. You can see the complete list on the form’s second page. For instance, if you suspect that your identity was stolen, or a preparer of tax forms cheats, or someone uses a tax scheme that can be considered abusive, you must not use the 3949-A. Instead, check the form’s guide to pick the relevant template.