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Episode 531: The Tough, The Sweet And The Nosy

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Episode 531: The Tough, The Sweet And The Nosy

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Episode 531: The Tough, The Sweet And The Nosy

Episode 531: The Tough, The Sweet And The Nosy

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Bureau of Internal Revenue Commissioner Kim Henares poses with her score following target practice in a firing range at suburban Mandaluyong city. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez) Bullit Marquez/AP hide caption

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Bureau of Internal Revenue Commissioner Kim Henares poses with her score following target practice in a firing range at suburban Mandaluyong city. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

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Millions of tax cheats never get caught. And the IRS seems powerless to stop them.

This isn't just a problem in the U.S. American taxpayers are Dudley Do-Rights compared to people in some other countries. On today's show, we head to some of the cheating-est places on earth to bring you tales from some of the roughest, toughest tax collectors around. These guys have tricks, tax collector mind-games, that they play to get people to do the right thing.

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