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The United States Department of Justice Tax Division is responsible for the prosecution of both civil and criminal cases arising under the Internal Revenue Code and other tax laws of the United States. The Division began operation in 1934, under United States Attorney General Homer Stille Cummings, who charged it with primary responsibility for supervising all federal litigation involving internal revenue (following an executive order from President Franklin Delano Roosevelt).


The Tax Division works closely with the Criminal Investigation Division and other units of the Internal Revenue Service to develop and coordinate federal tax policy. Among the Division's duties are:

  • Participating in the President's Corporate Fraud Task Force
  • Handling criminal investigations and prosecutions of terrorist financing cases
  • Fighting abusive and fraudulent tax promotions
    • Seeking civil injunctions against promoters of abusive tax schemes
    • Handling criminal prosecutions of major tax fraud promoters
    • Working with the Federal Trade Commission to combat internet fraud schemes
    • Using both civil and criminal tools to put tax fraud promoters out of business
  • Enforcing IRS summonses for records of corporate tax shelters
  • Attacking the use of foreign bank accounts to evade taxes
    • Enforcing IRS summonses for records of offshore credit card transactions
    • Initiating criminal investigations of suspects in offshore tax evasion cases
  • Combating schemes that cheat the IRS through abuse of the bankruptcy system
  • Enhancing policy coordination between the Tax Division and the IRS


The current head of the Tax Division is Acting Assistant Attorney General John A. DiCicco.

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