IRS investigates American Express sales pitches

The Internal Revenue Service is investigating American Express Co. over questionable tax relief it offered customers, according to people familiar with the matter.

The civilian investigation has been ongoing for a few months, these people said. The Wall Street Journal reported in November that AmEx vendors were touting tax relief based on a flawed interpretation of tax law. The pitch was part of a strategy to persuade business owners to sign up for expensive payment services.


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