I am considering reporting someone I knew of tax fraud to the IRS anonymously. However I do not have sufficient evidence of wrongdoing, only what this individual claimed to have received back in taxes and only alluding to reporting personal expenses as business expenses. It is just a hunch that I have of tax fraud and disbelief that an individual can claim 20k back on a return from a 80k income.I do have other info on this person such as home ownership, no dependents, church donations, student loans, etc.I just want the IRS to look into this. But if they perform an audit and find no fraud, if this individual has a strong suspicion it was me could they sue me for defamation even if I filed this fraud report anonymously?
If the report is anonymous I do not see how can you be successfully sued. However, if you have such reservations and acknowledge the total lack of basis for your suspicions, why report this individual in the first instance.
If you report this as opinion rather than as fact, then technically it is not a false statement of fact.
Its anonymous reporting so how could he sue you? That said, its appears more like you have hunch, innuendo, and gut feeling--three things the IRS has little time for--doubt they would or could do a thing, unless the subject is a Bernie Madoff level actor and the level of fraud is pushing into the tens of millions......
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Truth is a defense to defamation. A Hunch is much more questionable and suspect. While this would be an anonymous tip there may not be an issue beyond simple reporting something anonymously for IRS make its own determinations about. What are you hoping to accomplish? On your fact pattern is sounds like you and this individual have some history and motives that should be examined before taking action, anonymous or not.
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It does not sound like you have any hard evidence at all, only suspicions and suppositions. You should leave well enough alone.
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