Beware of Tax Scams Related to Natural Disasters.
Sep19

Beware of Tax Scams Related to Natural Disasters.

In the wake of Hurricane Florence, the Internal Revenue Service is reminding taxpayers that criminals and scammers try to take advantage of the generosity of taxpayers who want to help victims of major disasters.   Fraudulent schemes normally start with unsolicited contact by telephone, social media, e-mail or in-person using a variety of tactics.   Some impersonate charities to get money or private information from...

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IRS Cautions Taxpayers To Watch Out For Summertime Scams.
Jun26

IRS Cautions Taxpayers To Watch Out For Summertime Scams.

The Internal Revenue Service today issued a warning that tax-related scams continue across the nation even though the tax filing season has ended for most taxpayers. People should remain on alert to new and emerging schemes involving the tax system that continue to claim victims. “We continue to urge people to watch out for new and evolving schemes this summer,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. “Many of these are variations of a...

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Is The IRS Really Calling You?
Jun24

Is The IRS Really Calling You?

Many taxpayers have encountered individuals impersonating IRS officials – in person, over the telephone and via email. Don’t get scammed. We want you to understand how and when the IRS contacts taxpayers and help you determine whether a contact you may have received is truly from an IRS employee. The IRS initiates most contacts through regular mail delivered by the United States Postal Service. However, there are special circumstances...

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Targeting Payroll, Human Resource Departments With Phishing W-2 Scam.
Jun08

Targeting Payroll, Human Resource Departments With Phishing W-2 Scam.

The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and Account On Us CFL want to warn you about an email scam that uses a corporate officer’s name to request employee Forms W-2 from company payroll or human resources departments. This week, the IRS already has received new notifications that the email scam is making its way across the nation for a second time. The IRS urges company payroll officials to double check any executive-level...

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Falsely Padding Deductions Highlighted In IRS 2018 ‘Dirty Dozen’ Tax Scams.
Mar15

Falsely Padding Deductions Highlighted In IRS 2018 ‘Dirty Dozen’ Tax Scams.

As part of the “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams, the Internal Revenue Service today warned taxpayers to avoid falsely inflating deductions or expenses on tax returns. Common areas targeted by unscrupulous tax preparers involve overstating deductions such as charitable contributions, padding business expenses or including credits that they are not entitled to receive – like the Earned Income Tax Credit or Child Tax Credit. Some...

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IRS Criminal Investigation Releases Fiscal Year 2017 Annual Report.
Dec22

IRS Criminal Investigation Releases Fiscal Year 2017 Annual Report.

The Internal Revenue Service today announced the release of the Criminal Investigation Division’s (CI) annual report, reflecting significant accomplishments and criminal enforcement actions taken in fiscal year 2017. Focusing on employment tax, refund fraud, international tax enforcement, tax-related identity theft, public corruption, cybercrime, terrorist financing and money laundering, CI initiated 3,019 cases in FY 2017.  The...

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