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Last Updated: 10/26/2017

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Tax Fraud

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Tax Fraud Tip Line 651-297-5195
Tipline (Toll Free) 800-657-3500
8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Mon.- Fri.

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Tax Fraud > Criminal Investigation

  • What kinds of tax crime violations do you investigate? Back to top

    We investigate suspected violations of Minnesota tax laws, including these state tax and refund programs:

    • Individual Income Tax
    • Corporate Franchise Tax
    • Partnership/Small Business Tax
    • Withholding Tax
    • Sales and Use Taxes
    • Petroleum Taxes
    • Cigarette and Tobacco Taxes
    • Mortgage and Deed Taxes
    • Alcohol Taxes
    • Lawful Gambling Taxes
    • MinnesotaCare Taxes
    • Property Tax Refunds

    To report violations of federal tax laws, contact the Internal Revenue Service at 1-800-829-1040 or go to the IRS website, www.irs.gov.

  • Are there indicators that someone might be a tax evader?Back to top

    Yes, there are certain behaviors that tax evaders often display. In general, a tax evader’s lifestyle often involves spending more money than is typical for a person in his or her occupation. This free spending often comes with no apparent additional funding source or explanation. For more information, see How to Recognize Tax Evasion or Fraud.​

  • What information will you be looking for if I call in a suspected tax law violation?Back to top

    We’ll want to know everything you know about the suspect and the activities you believe constitute tax evasion. Examples include: the name and address of the suspect, why you think tax crimes are being committed, how much money is involved, any personal or financial information you have concerning the suspect, etc. For more information, see How to Report Tax Crimes. ​

  • Can I remain anonymous?Back to top

    Yes. Your contact with us is confidential under Minnesota’s privacy laws. View the statute (M.S. 270B.02, subd. 3).​

  • Do all tax fraud tips result in criminal prosecution?Back to top

    No. We investigate every tip that is received. Our investigators review the information and follow up to prove – or disprove – the allegation(s). If a tip is substantiated, we’ll recommend the case for criminal prosecution or civil review, if warranted. The final decision is made by the prosecuting authority (county attorney or other prosecutor).​