When most people get a letter or a summons from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), it fills them with dread and doom before they even open it. You almost expect to hear the “doom, doom, doom” music playing like on the sitcoms when something bad happens. Apparently Facebook, the giant social media company doesn’t fear the IRS in the least and continues to ignore several summons that the IRS “wants to talk.”

The IRS says, “Pay up.”

According to several reports, the IRS has issued 7 summons with little or no response from the heads of Facebook’s multi-million dollar company.

Now the Department of Justice has stepped in and is telling Facebook Inc. that they must turn over the information that the IRS is seeking. Of particular interest are some world-wide business rights that were transferred between Facebook Inc and Facebook Ireland.

The IRS wants to see books and documents of their exact value to make sure they weren’t “under- valued” as a way to avoid any taxation. The case, U.S. v Facebook, INC, would have many people shaking in their boots, but Facebook seems to be undaunted.

Their attorney, Baker McKenzie, hasn’t responded to the latest action, stating that “the company hasn’t been served.”

Bold move by Facebook or dumb decision?

When the IRS comes after you with a “suggestion” that you could owe them billions, most people would do anything to quickly comply. So why is Facebook, Inc dragging its feet? Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s founder and CEO, has been battling tax issues for several years.

Back in 2013, it was reported that he only took one dollar a year as his salary in an effort to lower taxes.

In 2014, Zuckerberg’s net worth was reported as an estimated $27.8 billion. Most of those billions tie back to Facebook stock. The IRS considers stock as income, so that alone put Zuckerberg in the highest tax bracket, even with his $1 yearly salary.CEO’s of major companies are some of the highest paid people in business today and the IRS wants to make sure it gets its share of the salary, while everyone else is trying to figure out how to pay the IRS the least amount possible and still be legal.

Facebook’s battle with the IRS could go on for years, considering they also have high powered lawyers and accountants on the payroll. In 2014, Zuckerberg planned to sell off some of the Facebook stock to settle an existing tax debt. Now, it seems, the IRS wants to see the books to verify it was all done correctly.

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