Don’t Be a Victim to IRS Phone and E-Mail Scams

January 12th, 2016

Thieves use taxpayers’ natural fear of the IRS and other government entities to ply their scams, including e-mail and phone scams, to steal your money. They also use phishing schemes to trick you into divulging your SSN, date of birth, account numbers, passwords and other personal data that allow them to scam the IRS and […]

Where’s My IRS Tax Refund?

April 8th, 2014

 

Beware of Bogus IRS Emails

April 30th, 2013

Every tax-filing season, the scammers and ID thieves try to sucker people into providing personal and financial information through the use of phony e-mails. The IRS receives thousands of reports every year from taxpayers who received emails out of the blue claiming to be from the IRS. Scammers use the IRS name or logo to […]

Checking the Status of Your Federal Tax Refund is Easy

April 16th, 2013

If you already filed your federal tax return and are due a refund, you can check the status of your refund online. Where’s My Refund? is an interactive tool on the IRS web site. Whether you split your refund among several accounts, opted for direct deposit into one account, or asked the IRS to mail you […]

The Latest Scam—Don’t be a Victim!

March 20th, 2012

Last month, we cautioned you about Internet scams aimed at tricking you into divulging information that will compromise your identity. That article described how Internet crooks disguise themselves as the IRS in an attempt to steal your identity. The IRS is not the only disguise these scammers use. They pretend to be attorneys representing estates, […]

Don’t Be Scammed By Tax Season Cyber Criminals

February 14th, 2012

Now that tax season is upon us, so are the e-mail scammers pretending to be the IRS. Most of these scams fraudulently use the IRS name, logo, and/or website header as a lure to make the communication appear more authentic and enticing. They lead you to believe you had a refund of some sort coming […]

Do You Owe the IRS Money?

September 21st, 2011

While the majority of Americans get a tax refund each year, there are many who owe tax and some who can’t pay what they owe all at once. If you find yourself in the position of owing taxes, there are a number of ways to deal with the issue: Get a Loan to Pay the […]

Manage the Tax on Your Social Security Benefits!

August 30th, 2011

Social Security (SS) income is not taxable until a taxpayer’s AGI (without Social Security income) plus 50% of their Social Security income plus tax-exempt interest income, and plus certain other infrequently encountered additions exceeds a specific threshold. The threshold is $32,000 for married taxpayers filing jointly, zero for married taxpayers filing separately and $25,000 for […]

Tips to Avoid a Tax Audit

March 22nd, 2011

An IRS tax audit can come in a number of forms.  The most demanding are the face-to-face audits, which require sitting down with an auditor and reconciling income and deductions.  Others are the less demanding correspondence audits where the IRS has reason to believe that the taxpayer failed to include reported income or has overstated […]

Does the IRS Owe You Money?

August 30th, 2010

If you have not filed a prior year tax return and are due a refund, you should consider filing the return to claim that refund. If you are missing a refund for a previously filed tax return, you should check the status of your refund and confirm your current address. Unclaimed Refunds Some people may […]

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