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A Lesson in IRS Audits from Breaking Bad

“I want my life back. How big does this pile have to be?”
—Skyler, Breaking Bad

As I notice that the final season of Breaking Bad is airing soon, I’m reminded of what had happened with the IRS in the series with Skyler paying the IRS hundreds of thousands of dollars for her ex-boss.  Did she really have to do this to protect herself?  Probably not. 

When someone is audited by the IRS, it normally ends with the IRS giving you a form to sign saying that you agree with the changes and that you owe the amount plus any penalty and interest that will be added. 

The IRS agent will try to collect all money due, but that is not really their job.  Their job is find additional taxes you may owe and assess you that amount of money, not collect.  Collection is the job of the IRS Revenue Agent.  Revenue Agents work for the collection department of the IRS known as ACS or Automated Collection Service. 

Generally if the IRS Auditor does not find fraud during the audit, it is not up to the IRS Revenue Agents to find criminal charges when the case is handed over to them. 

Once Skyler’s boss agreed to the charges and signed the report, fraud was not an issue anymore for the IRS and Skyler did not need to bail out her former boss. 

This would have changed the financial position for the White’s and maybe would have changed other outcomes in the series if it had been properly represented. The final season of Breaking Bad airs Sunday, August 7th. 

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