In zombie movies, the dead rise from the graves and shuffle around the neighborhood looking to feast on human flesh. This past year, life imitated art (and I use the term “art” loosely), and the dead rose to file tax forms.
Yes, you read that correctly. This past year, 16 accountants in the Bronx and Manhattan were charged with filing numerous income tax returns of a dubious nature. These tax returns included making claims on dependents that were not actually dependent (or even related), and filing the tax forms of deceased people to get tax credits.
You can read the article here.
Fortunately, they were caught by undercover IRS agents who recorded these accountants offering a variety of illegal services.
This is truly a frustrating news story for me because it makes it harder for regular, honest, tax-paying citizens like you and I to get the tax solutions we deserve to our tax problems. For the 16 who were caught, I imagine far more have gone unnoticed and our current “redistribution of wealth” system is taking money from hard workers and funneling to people who would rather file tax returns for dead people than do real work.