Check fraud has become big business for criminals

Check fraud has become big business for criminals.  Some will steal checks from dumpsters, mailboxes, and other places with easy access. Others will be a little more creative in order to accomplish their crimes.  For instance, some scammers will make counterfeit checks (making a new check that looks identical to a legitimate one that they […]

Don’t let identity thieves get the upper hand

Few things can make one feel helpless like realizing you have been the victim of identity theft – particularly when it involves having a fraudulent tax return filed on your account. Unfortunately, criminals are becoming more and more savvy. John Wilson, a senior fellow for threat research at Agari by HelpSystems, explained in a recent […]

Identity protection programs get boost from IRS

The IRS expanded a couple programs to protect taxpayers from identity theft. Masking identifying information on business tax transcripts The IRS now masks sensitive data on both business and individual tax transcripts. In an effort to protect taxpayers from identity theft, the IRS began masking sensitive data on individual tax transcripts two years ago, and […]

IRS Tax Tip: 5 steps to protect against identity theft

All taxpayers should make sure they’re doing everything they can to prevent a thief from stealing their identity. Tax-related ID theft occurs when someone uses a taxpayer’s stolen personal information to file a tax return claiming a fraudulent refund. The thieves use personal information like a stolen Social Security number. The IRS and its partners […]

IRS impersonation scam gains momentum

With the deadline for filing extended tax returns having just passed, taxpayers need to be extra cautious about emails that appear to come from the IRS. The IRS recently announced that there has been a spike in an IRS impersonation scam. Targets of the scam have reported receiving emails from what looks like a legitimate […]

IRS reform law aims to improve customer service and taxpayer security

On July 1, President Trump signed into law the Taxpayer First Act of 2019, which changes the management and oversight of the IRS with the aim of improving customer service, including the process for filing appeals, as well as modernizing its technology. Many of the provisions will take effect as of July 1, 2019, although […]

Don’t fall victim to one of the ‘Dirty Dozen’ tax schemes

Accountants are not the only ones working overtime during tax season. Scammers take advantage of this time of year to prey on taxpayers to try to steal their money and identity. The IRS has begun compiling its perennial “Dirty Dozen” list of the common scams that tend to peak during the tax filing months. As […]

Beware of these ‘Dirty Dozen’ tax scams

As tax season is heating up, so are the scams. The Internal Revenue Service has rolled out its annual “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams for the 2018 filing season. Many of the scams are perennial, showing up year after year, while others have a new twist on an old con. One such example is […]

Emerging tax scam takes new turn

Scam artists are now defrauding taxpayers by first putting money into their bank accounts – before taking it out. It sounds crazy, but it’s true. The IRS is reporting an increasing number of scams involving fraudulent tax refunds. The scam is multi-tiered with scam artists first obtaining their victims’ personal identity and bank account information […]

You’ve frozen your credit but you need a loan. Now what?

There’s bad news about the Equifax security breach, and then there’s more bad news, particularly for those looking at pursuing financing loans in the near future. The bad news is the most obvious: As a result of a security breach at Equifax, one of the big three credit bureaus, personal information of 143 million Americans […]

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