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ANSWER: It is very risky for a buyer to not timely record a deed in order to avoid taxes. If the seller should incur a judgment or income tax liens, the seller's liens will automatically attach to all property to which the seller holds title. Since the deed records would still reflect the seller as the owner, the seller's debt liens may be deemed to attach to property even though your son now owns it. Also, an unscrupulous seller might sell the same property to a second buyer and skip town leaving the two buyer to fight out ownership issues.
So, technically he is correct. But the consequences are risky and eventually when the seller gets the new tax bill and finds out that your son has not recorded the deed, he will seek to sue your son for the amount that he has to payout in taxes on your son's behalf.