It’s no secret, all kinds of companies will be hiring in 2021. As the year goes on, more people will be vaccinated and businesses will turn on the switch and go full throttle as far as hiring goes. Since so many people need to get a job, hiring will be competitive for the rest of the year. This high level of job switching and hiring influx will lead to a lot of individual tax fraud that the company who hired them could end up paying for. One way to avoid the extra taxes that comes with dishonesty in taxes is to run a background check. Not only will you hire more trustworthy employees, but your company will also be able to avoid unnecessary tax fraud.

Benefits of a Background Check

When you run a background check for job candidacy, you will not just find out about their criminal history. You’ll discover personal information and have the opportunity to verify their employment history and education while gaining access to court documents and their driving record. Financial information may even be provided on a background check. While this may seem intrusive, but if a prospective candidate has lied about their taxes when it comes to work-related issues like compensation your company may end up picking up the tab.

Individual Taxes

Taxes are complex. They are annoying and unavoidable. When an individual lies about their work-related taxes and you hire them, you might run into tax fraud. Of course you didn’t do anything wrong, but you might have to pay taxes that they have not in the form of fraud. An individual has to pay taxes on their wages, compensation, vacation time, and other benefits. Should the person lie and say that they paid taxes on these payments your company might have to pay them or face some scrutiny from the IRS for fraud.

Tax Fraud

If you commit tax fraud there can be a lot of fines, whether you did anything wrong or not. Tax fraud occurs when a person or business willfully lies or leaves out details about their financial situation to avoid paying the money they owe. It can include deliberately underreporting or omitting income, overstating the amounts of deductions, claiming personal finances as business expenses, claiming false deductions, and concealing assets. Other tax fraud examples are keeping two separate sets of financial records and making false entries in their records. Even if it is tax negligence, which occurs when someone carelessly leaves out information about their taxes, there will be consequences for the individual and their company.


Of course taxes are significant in our society. If the candidate is lying about their taxes to you or the IRS, it is a red flag. What else will they lie about if they are lying about their taxes? Not only does it reflect that the person can be irresponsible with money, it suggests that they are not honest or trustworthy. You will probably not want to trust them with money and if you can’t do that, you might be risking other things as well. Lying on taxes is sometimes a window into who the person is. A background check will provide this information and help your company avoid paying for their tax fraud.

Avoiding Tax Fraud

Since it is possible to get stuck with the bill when it comes to tax fraud, you should always run background checks on prospective employees. Background checks will provide any pertinent financial information and court records. Showing due diligence when it comes to hiring will help you avoid unexpected fees because they lied about paying their taxes or were negligent when they filed them. With 2021 being a year for job searches, job changes, and hiring in all kinds of fields, background checks will make the process easier.

Hiring is never easy, but running a background check on your candidates will facilitate the process. As the end of the pandemic comes into focus and we all need to get back to living our lives, companies are trying to grow and thrive. To create a trustworthy staff that will grow with the company, you’ll need to hire the candidates with the most integrity. This won’t just help you build an amazing team, it will enable you to avoid tax fraud. 

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