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Protect Yourself Against Identity Theft

Identity theft can be a huge headache, especially when it affects your federal tax record.  There are at least a couple ways how that might happen.  An identity thief may use your personal identifying information, including your social security number, … Continue reading

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Tax Day 2014

It’s April 15th — tax filing deadline day!  From where I sit, there are only a couple more hours left to file your federal income tax return.  Today I should be writing about (and you should be reading about) procrastination, … Continue reading

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2014 Dirty Dozen Revealed

Every year around the beginning of tax season, the IRS comes up with its “Dirty Dozen” tax scams list.  In recent years the top three have been (1) Identity Theft; (2) Phishing; and (3) Return Preparer Fraud.  The 2014 list … Continue reading

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New Commish, 2014 Tax Season, EITC

A few noteworthy events caught my eye in the world of tax relief today. First, the Senate approved Obama’s nomination of John Koskinen in a 59-36 vote, confirming him to fill the top position at the IRS; a position that has been … Continue reading

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“This is George Miller with the IRS…”

It sure was nice of the IRS to warn taxpayers of a “pervasive telephone scam” last week.  The scam artists apparently target recent immigrants, threaten jail time, and run credit card payments over the phone.  The IRS described a number … Continue reading

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Foreign Accounts & Quiet Disclosures

There is a general, overriding principle in the world of Federal Tax that goes something like this: if you voluntarily come forward to admit your prior tax shenanigans and get yourself back in the good graces of the IRS, there … Continue reading

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Indian Tax System Broken

Americans are pretty conscientious about paying their taxes compared to some other countries.  How about the extreme tax-dodging that goes on in India?!  Many farmers and impoverished Indians are exempt from paying taxes.  But on the other end of the spectrum are … Continue reading

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IRS Expands ID Theft Program to All 50 States

Around this time last year, the IRS began a pilot program in the state of Florida that allowed IRS personnel to share confidential taxpayer information with local law enforcement to simplify the finding and prosecuting of identity thieves. Then in … Continue reading

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It’s Who You Know

Federal tax refund fraud is a growing problem that has the IRS on its toes.  Over the past few years the IRS has intensifyied its efforts to combat refund fraud, but it has been a challenge for the IRS to keep pace. Some … Continue reading

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An IRS January Tradition

On Thursday the IRS announced a massive nation-wide identity theft crackdown, and I believe I’m starting to see a pattern now. Around the end of December each year we tend to get together with our extended families to drink eggnog, decorate trees, exchange gifts, … Continue reading

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