Monday, August 19, 2013

Wow..A Veteran IRS Agent Caught Cheating on Charity Deductions

By Gary Snyder

IRS Revenue Agent Margaret Payne had her own 2008 and 2009 tax returns examined, she faked receipts to back up her claimed cash donations. She gave fake documents and lied to the IRS to support a deduction. 

Now she calls the decision “completely unfair and biased,’’ but declined further comment to Forbes. In the Judge's 12-page-decision, the story is a sorry one: During the audit, Payne, then a 28 year IRS veteran, gave an IRS examiner copies of two year-end letters, purportedly signed by Pastor Lemuel M. Mobley of the Living Stone Baptist Church in Brooklyn, stating she had donated $6,047 to LSBC in 2008 and $14,000 in 2009.  But when the examiner met with Mobley, he said he didn’t even know Payne (his congregation had only 50 to 75 members) and that the letters were a “cut and paste job” on church letterhead, with his name forged and even misspelled.

Pastor Mobley later said: “She pieced together a financial statement and stated to me that she had one of her children to sign my name…..She stated that she was sorry for what she had done. She asked for forgiveness and I forgave her for what she had done to me as well as to the church. I did not give her or anyone else permission to sign my name on any document.’’

In a scathing opinion upholding $6,500 in back taxes and $1300 in penalties against Payne, he described the case as full of “inconsistencies, contradicting testimony, fabricated documents, and simple untruths,” and observed that the three witnesses (Payne, Mobley and  an accomplice IRS secretary) had each “not only contradicted the testimony of the others but also contradicted his or her own testimony and documents. ’’
The judge concluded Payne had engaged in a “misguided and inept attempt to support claimed charitable contribution deductions through a fictional account of the past,”

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