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February 18, 2011

Online Reporting System Gives Missourians a New Option to Report Fraud to Department of Revenue

JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri citizens have a new online system to report fraud to the Missouri Department of Revenue.

"The enforcement of taxation and motor vehicle laws is a top priority of the Missouri Department of Revenue," said Alana M. Barragán-Scott, director of the Department.  "The new online reporting system was developed to give citizens a convenient option to report suspected cases of fraud.  The Department rolled out the system in mid-December of 2010, and it's proving effective for citizens to use.  We take fraud reports seriously, and follow-up on them to see if they merit further investigation."

The new online fraud reporting system is located within the Department's website at www.dor.mo.gov, or more specifically at https://sa.dor.mo.gov/fraud/.  Citizens reporting fraud - or illegal activities - concerning Department of Revenue-related laws can identify themselves or make reports anonymously. The Department's investigative efforts, however, could be improved if the person making the report makes his or her identify known for additional clarification of the report. 

Since the reporting system went online, there have been 62 reports of suspected fraud submitted.  More than 60 percent of the reports dealt with tax laws, and nearly 30 percent dealt with motor vehicle, driver license and automobile dealer regulations.  The remaining reports were in unspecified categories.  The number of reports is expected to increase as the public becomes more aware of the online reporting option.

"Tax and motor vehicle fraud hurts everyone," Barragán-Scott said.  "It's the hope of the Department that this online reporting system will not only help the Department enforce the state's tax and motor vehicle laws, but that it will encourage voluntary compliance with the laws."

The Missouri Department of Revenue does not offer rewards for reporting illegal activities.


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