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What you propose is a too common tactic of tax cheats trying to maximize the earned income credit, and the IRS is well aware of it.
Is it just me that thinks this it's a bizarre thing for the IRS to get less money as you earn more?

I have to wonder how they could really prove that someone over-reported their income... It's not like you can easily prove that someone didn't take in an extra $3K in cash.
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