IRS and Phishing Scams

Aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents remain a major threat to taxpayers, headlining the annual “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams for the 2016 filing season, the Internal Revenue Service announced today. The IRS has seen a surge of these phone scams as scam artists threaten police arrest, deportation, license revocation …

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Tax Deductions – Travel, Meals & Entertainment

Travel, Meals and Entertainment Expenses Commuting Expenses.  To open this section I want to be sure we understand that, in general, the costs of commuting between a taxpayers home and work location are nondeductible commuting expenses.  But under certain circumstances these commuting expenses can be deductible if: 1)      The expense is for going between the …

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What Does Identity Theft Have To Do With Taxes?

According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), identity theft is the
number one complaint they receive.

his may not be a surprise to you, but did you know that in 2010, only about
15% of all identity theft complaints to the FTC had to do with tax returns, and
that by 2013, that percentage jumped to over 40%.

Beware IRS Phishing Scams

Hello All, I’ve put this in my newsletters and website for years, but just got a phone call from a client whose identity was compromised when he opened an email that said it was from the IRS and answered some questions. As I’ve stated before, the IRS does not generally contact taxpayers via email. Never, …

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Tax Deal Made

Well, they did it. They drug it out to the last minute, but they did it. Weeelll, they did some of it. And I’d really like to thank all of them in Washington for dragging us through this during the holidays and leaving us to sort this all out this morning while at the same …

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2013 Tax Outlook: Facing the “Fiscal Cliff”

December 27, 2012 2013 Tax Outlook: Facing the “Fiscal Cliff” The 2012 election left us with the same President, same Democratic-controlled Senate, and same Republican-controlled House of Representatives. But 2013 brings several new challenges. That’s because several important tax provisions are scheduled to expire at the end of the year, in what some observers are …

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