The recent “deadbeat dads and daughters” thread inspired me to take action against an acquaintance of mine, who’s been dodging his income tax duties for years because he would be on the hook for child support if he filed properly. Hearing about the struggles of worn-out single mothers who are just too beat to spend all of their time and money chasing after the deadbeat dads, made me realize just how badly this asshole needs to be nailed. He’s an abrasive character who does his best to alienate everyone else and judge them for their sins (literally), while infuriating everyone who knows him with his own disregard for any consistent moral code that extends beyond self-indulgence.
Now, I’ve never been one to drop the dime on anyone. Normally I have little or no respect for those that do. But I’ve come to realize that my role here would be as a whistleblower, not as a snitch. At best this guy will step into his ex-lover’s shoes and slave away to pay his poor child what he owes him; at worst, the deadbeat might at least get a visit to the slammer to learn some important lessons about how and when to keep his mouth shut, and how to straighten out his act. (It’s something this guy badly needs to learn, incidentally. As evidenced by the fact that he told me, hardly his closest friend, that he’s committed serious tax fraud.) It might do him a lot of good; he’s a raging alcoholic and “recovered” (his word) drug addict who’s bounced from program to program for free rent and meals, using his proclaimed piety–every one of these recovery programs is at a church, BTW–to extort cars, loans, etc. from his well-meaning co-parishioners. I have reason to believe he regularly steals drugs from his workplace (the details of which we will not go into, here) and drives drunk.
Back to the issue at hand. I’ve set up a free email account with no personal identifying information strictly for the purpose of communicating with the relevant tax agencies. I have not been in contact with them yet, but I believe the promises of anonymity on their websites. Still, I don’t want to take any chances. So, Straight Dope security geeks, what can I do to detach my personal information from this process as much as possible?
Edit: Although I’ve gathered quite a bit of information about informing on tax fraud, I’d appreciate some help about any child-support agencies I can contact as well. Unfortunately, I don’t know where the child lives, I don’t know the exact address of the deadbeat and I don’t know which California county the child was born in.