Posts Tagged ‘Identity Theft’

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
[Read More]

Tax Relief News Round-Up Top Stories

Friday, July 12th, 2013

The top tax relief news this week ranged from tax evasion, to prison time for a false tax claim, troubles at the IRS, to a giant tax bill for the estate of actor James Gandolfini. Here is a recap of the tax stories we found interesting:
Tax Evasion by Guilty Texas Pharmacist– This post highlighted the story of Grapevine, Texas pharmacist Joseph Moss who was sentenced to one year and a
[Read More]

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
[Read More]

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
[Read More]

IRS Criminal Investigation Report Shows Increases

Monday, May 13th, 2013

Just last week, the IRS Criminal Investigation (CI) released its Annual Report for 2012 showing strong increases in enforcement actions and IRS penalties imposed on convicted tax criminals for the year ending Sept. 30, 2012. According to the IRS bulletin announcing the report’s release, the criminal investigation division investigates potential criminal violations of the Internal Revenue Code and related financial crimes in a manner to foster confidence in the
[Read More]

Tax Expert Suggests Avoiding These Common Tax Mistakes

Friday, April 12th, 2013

Happy Friday! Countdown to tax day: 4 days
Last minute tax filers take note: the most common reasons for refund delays are because of preventable mistakes on the tax return. I thought information from this previous post and interview archive from the Midday Sunday Fox 11 with host Tony Valdez program could provide some help for those still scrambling to finish their tax returns. The trick to avoiding errors on your
[Read More]

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
[Read More]

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
[Read More]

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
[Read More]

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
[Read More]

Tax Resolution News Round Up

Friday, February 1st, 2013

This week was a busy one for tax relief news topics. Here are highlights of the ones we covered on the Tax Resolution University Blog:
Tax Fraud/Tax Schemes and Identity Theft
The tax season officially began on January 30. Therefore, it’s no coincidence there is already an increase in stories about tax schemes including tax fraud and identity theft. Here’s one we covered this week:

Reno, Nevada resident, Edward David Simon, 52 was
[Read More]

Tax Relief Weekly News Round-Up

Friday, January 18th, 2013

Happy Friday! Here are the top tax and tax relief topics reported in this weeks news:

Qualified Tax Resolution Representation
I wrote a post this week highlighting the need for consumers to hire qualified tax representation after reading a Forbes article titled: “Representation before IRS.” I agree with author Stephen J. Dunn assertions that not all tax professionals are qualified to handle tax controversies going before the IRS. Taxpayers needing help
[Read More]

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
[Read More]

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
[Read More]

Tax Fraud Potential High for Refund Splitting

Monday, November 26th, 2012

As I have stated in previous blog posts, some of the largest challenges facing the IRS are identity theft and tax fraud. Currently, the IRS has been audited and is under pressure from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) to tighten the reigns regarding refund splitting. An article in Accounting Today titled Splitting Refunds May Lead to Fraud discusses a recent TIGTA report that scrutinizes refund splitting as
[Read More]