IRS Tells Looters To Claim Stolen Property On Taxes, Unless It’s Returned The Same Year

The depth of our government's stupidity is infinite.

The internet has exploded over the Internal Revenue Service’s 2021 Tax Guide for Individuals, in that they’ve included a section requiring stolen property to be reported on a person’s tax return. Unless, of course, they returned said property the same year, then they’re all good.

There have been many questions floating around asking if the statement is actually real. It is. You can find it yourself on the IRS website under “other income.”

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Additionally, the guide states, “Income from illegal activities, such as money from dealing illegal drugs, must be included in your income on Schedule 1 (Form 1040), line 8z, or on Schedule C (Form 1040) if from your self-employment activity.”

It’s unclear if they reporting of illegally obtained funds will offer any protection to the criminal from criminal law if they report the income accurately. As long as Uncle Sam gets his cut, right?

This piece was written by Leah Anaya on December 29, 2021. It originally appeared in and is used by permission.


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