IRS to look at Facebook, Twitter accounts of potential cheaters

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DENVER — According to several reports, the IRS is looking at the Facebook and Twitter accounts of people who have been flagged by the agency as potentially cheating on their taxes.

According to, the IRS said the effort is to catch people trying to beat the system.

For example, photos of a person lounging on a beach with a special beverage in hand might indicate the trip was a vacation and not a business expense to be written off.

It’s unlikely the IRS would follow a person unless their tax return had already been flagged.

The IRS is also limited in the amount of snooping they can do. They can only view public posts and are prohibited from using fake accounts to see someone’s profile.