Archive for the ‘Identity Theft’ Category

Three Californians Indicted for False Tax Liens and Fraud

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

The Imperial Valley News (IVN) recently published an article titled: “California Residents Indicted for Filing False Tax Liens Against IRS Employees and Tax Fraud” highlighting an incredible story of three brazen and foolish people who thought they could outsmart the IRS. According to IVN, the Justice Department announced the unsealing of a superseding indictment that charged three Placerville, California residents: Teresa Marie Marty, Charles Tingler and Victoria Tingler, with conspiracy
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Tax Defense Partners Weekly Tax News Round Up

Friday, August 9th, 2013

Happy Friday!
The tax relief news that sparked our interest this week was quite varied. The stories ranged from tax delinquent New Yorkers losing their driving privileges to another “Real Housewife” star in trouble with Uncle Sam, to avoiding tax relief scams and schemes to Twitter tax news about IRS agency challenges including struggles with efforts to curb identity theft and tax refund fraud.

New York State-Getting Tough on Tax Cheats
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IRS Problems-Agency Publishes Social Security Numbers Online

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

“When the Internal Revenue Service screws up, it screws up BIG.” This is the opening sentence from the MSN article titled: “IRS accidentally publishes thousands of Social Security numbers online.“ In this case, I couldn’t agree more.
According to the MSN source, Gizmodo, it appears the agency forgot to remove tens of thousands of Social Security numbers from a data-set while uploading it to a new online hub thus publishing taxpayer social
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Beware of Recent IRS Email Scams

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

Tax scam emails that appear to be from the IRS run the gamut from almost believable to incredibly bad. Thanks to a Forbes article by Tax Girl Kelly Phillips Erb titled: “Phony Emails Purporting To Be From IRS Popping Up Again,” we have two fine examples of email scams that run the good and bad spectrum.
Email scam example #1 – really bad.

A few points mentioned in the article demonstrate how
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IRS Releases 2012 Data Book

Monday, April 1st, 2013

Thanks to Frank Byrt at The Street, we learned that the IRS announced the release of their “2012 Internal Revenue Service Data Book [1],” This annual report provides an overview of agency activities, including information and statistical tables dating from October 1, 2011, to September 30, 2012. The report provides helpful data and information on the following: returns filed, taxes collected, enforcement actions, taxpayer assistance, IRS budget and workforce, and
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Tax Resolution Services Weekly Tax Relief News Round-Up

Friday, March 29th, 2013

Reminder: 18 days left until Tax Day!
Here’s a review of the tax relief news covered this week. Featured topics include: IRS releases 2013 Dirty Dozen Tax Scam/Scheme List, businessmen guilty of tax evasion and filing false returns, IRS apologies for expensive Star Trek training video and hiring a tax professional versus tax preparation software.
IRS Releases 2013 Dirty Dozen Tax Scam-Scheme List – as well as a video to remind taxpayers
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IRS Releases 2013 Dirty Dozen Tax Scam-Scheme List

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

The IRS just released its Dirty Dozen Tax Scam List for 2013 and introduced a video to remind taxpayers they need to protect themselves from the worst tax scams and schemes out there. While the “usual suspect” scams and schemes have not changed that much from last year, the notification explains how the IRS has stepped up their efforts to handle them, specifically identity theft related tax issues. Below the
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Top Five Tax Scams and Schemes to Watch Out For

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

For some reason the IRS did not release an updated “Dirty Dozen Tax Scam List” for 2013. This annual list of tax scams and “phishing” expeditions warns taxpayers about scams that range from tax identity theft to tax evasion. As tax day draws near, scams and schemes tend to peak as people get their tax returns ready for the April 15th deadline. I updated information from the Tax Resolution University
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Tax Identity Fraud-How to Protect Yourself

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

With tropical storm intensity, Florida is currently leading the nation in tax identity fraud cases. A previous Tax Matters blog post cited a recent CNBC article titled “Florida Hit by ‘Tsunami’ of Tax Identity Fraud” that underscores the severity of this major, nationwide tax problem the IRS has been unable to resolve. According to the CNBC article, however, tax identity fraud is more than just a nuisance. It has now
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Top Ten Ways to Get Tax Help from IRS.gov

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

The IRS has made getting tax help 24 hours a day/7 days a week on IRS.gov easier than ever before. They have done this by re-designing their website to make it more user-friendly for both consumers and tax professionals. Here are the top ten reasons to visit the IRS.gov website:

Get 24/7 Access — for Free. IRS.gov has tax forms and answers when you need them – day or night. The Interactive
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Taxpayer Advocate Report Calls for Overall Tax Reform

Monday, January 14th, 2013

Last week, the National Taxpayer Advocate, Nina E. Olson, released her 2012 annual report to Congress where she suggested the need for tax reform as the priority number one for the tax administration. Other important tax problems Olson mentions are the following:

How the IRS is not adequately funded to properly serve taxpayers and collect taxes due to chronic underfunding.
How the IRS has not been affective in assisting victims of tax-related
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Avoid an IRS Audit-Tax Tips for Charitable Giving

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

‘Tis the season for gift giving and with the tax season approaching quickly, the IRS has sent out a “special addition tax tips“ bulletin regarding charitable contributions to help taxpayers understand how their generosity can benefit their taxable income. However, every year thousands of taxpayers overstate these “gifts” and claim charitable deductions significantly higher than their their income level, raising red flags and often triggering an IRS audit. This is not
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Identity Fraud Victim Gets Expert Advice from Tax Team

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

In September, I wrote a blog post about how identity theft issues were adversely affecting the financial lives of everyday people we know. I used the case of Robert “Sully” Sullivan, Big Biz Show radio and TV personality and friend of Tax Resolution Services, who had just discovered he was a victim of IRS identity theft and was inquiring what to do next. Since that last meeting, I met with
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Latest IRS Tax Scam Warning

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Lately, there have been weekly warnings coming from the IRS that caution taxpayers about tax scams or identity theft schemes. Because of their pervasive nature, I feel it’s important to mention each and every one so that taxpayers can stay alert and avoid becoming victims.

The latest announcement can be found on the IRS’s Problem Alerts Page where the following text is posted:

October 2012
Don’t Fall for Phony IRS Websites
The IRS warns
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Tax Relief Round Up-Top Tax Stories of the Week

Friday, October 26th, 2012

Happy Friday! Here’s a look at tax relief news headlines we reported on this week:
Tax Scams and Schemes

Tax scams, tax schemes and identity theft are plaguing the IRS and taxpayers alike. This week’s tax scam warning advises taxpayers to lookout for an e-mail that appears to come from the IRS focused on confirming the EIN#’s of S and C-Corporations. Do not click on any links instead delete it entirely! Scammers
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