With tax season coming to an end, most of us have already submitted a report of our past earnings to Internal Revenue Services. With that in mind, some of us might want to ask ourselves if the information on our social media activity matches the information on our tax forms. Specialists such as Kristen Mathews of Proskauer Rose LLP believe that IRS will not hesitate to snoop around on your social media if they sense you have reported false information. As seen in the video below, many people find it strange and wonder how it could be legal for the IRS to complete such searches. Mathews explains that recently, privacy laws of this sort have become more lenient.
Although the IRS could potentially use a minor detail to support a red flag on a tax report, it has been the obvious cases that have given this method the most success. One such example of a fraudulent tax report mystery that did not take long to solve involved a woman named Rashia Wilson. She bragged about her gains from misfiled tax forms on her Facebook. One post even read “YES I’M RASHIA THE QUEEN OF IRS TAX FRAUD”.