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This is not correct. If there were any tax to be paid, it could simply be deducted from the $200,000 supposedly being held by the bank. The fact that they want to cash up front simply means there is no cash in the bank and your friend is being scammed. This is a common scheme to defraud people....the indication of a big inheritance that can only be released upon the payment of upfront money. The IRS simply does not operate in this fashion. If there are ever any funds due the IRS, they can always be withheld from the amount due the recipient.
This is the part of my job I don't like...when the law
is not in favor of my customer. I wish I could say this was legitimate, but, I can only provide you information based on the law so that you can act on the best available information to you. ………..I wish I had better news, but can only hope you recognize and understand my predicament and don't shoot the messenger. I'm sorry!
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