Taxability of Identity Theft Protection Services

Recent years have brought a slew of high-profile data breaches of major organizations. Some of the largest breaches include Target, Anthem Health Care, Home Depot and most recently, Ashley Madison. Even the U.S. Government has not been immune, as the … read more

IRS “Get Transcript” Fiasco Gets Worse

Following the Sarbanes Oxley Act more than a decade ago, security and fraud have been two of the cornerstone focuses of the accounting profession. Proper and secure system controls have become a necessity, not only for auditors and tax accountants, … read more

Whose Identity is being Protected with Fraudulent Refunds?

A recent report from the Government Accountability Office reported that while the IRS estimates it prevented $24.2 billion in fraudulent refunds in 2013, it actually paid out $5.8 billion in fraudulent refunds that it realized were fraudulent only after refunds … read more

Understanding Your 5071C Letter: Identity Verification

If you’ve received a 5071C letter, the IRS needs more information to verify your identity in order to process your tax return accurately. The IRS will continue processing your tax return once your identity is verified. Follow the identity verification … read more

Identity Theft: How to Protect Yourself

With tax season underway and scams running rampant, here are some tips to help you avoid becoming a victim of identity theft: The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email or social media tools to request personal or … read more

New Reporting for Certain Ponzi Scheme Losses

Financial headlines in the last several years have been filled with stories of investors whose losses have occurred as a result of Ponzi Schemes.  In 2009 the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission identified 20% of the fraud cases they investigated … read more

IRS Intensifies Crackdown on Identity Theft

As a follow up to the Impact of Tax Fraud and Tax-Related Identity Theft blog that we posted in September, there is some new news in this area. The IRS issued a newswire that explains how they have been working … read more

IRS Warns Donors about Charity Scams Following Recent Tragedies in Boston and Texas

It’s sad but true. Following major disasters and tragedies, scam artists impersonate charities to steal money or get private information from well-intentioned taxpayers. Fraudulent schemes involve solicitations by phone, social media, email or in-person. Scam artists use a variety of … read more

Beware of Bogus IRS Emails

The IRS receives thousands of reports every year from taxpayers who receive emails out-of-the-blue claiming to be from the IRS. Scammers use the IRS name or logo to make the message appear authentic so you will respond to it. In … read more

Impact of Tax Fraud and Tax-Related Identity Theft

National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson recently released a report to Congress that identifies the priority issues the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) will focus on during the upcoming fiscal year.  The report expresses particular concern about the taxpayer impact of … read more


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