New Cyber Attack Masquerading as IRS Refund Information

Now that your tax returns are completed, there is a new way for the bad guys to get after you. There is a new email-based ransomware attack, which involves receiving an email that looks like the item below. The bad … read more

Are You an Identity Theft Victim?

The amount of identity theft cases continues to increase each year and could even affect your tax return and/or refund. Identity thieves will use another individual’s social security number in order to file a false tax return to claim a … read more

IRS Warns of Telephone Phishing Scam

A recent wave of telephone-based phishing scams has prompted the Internal Revenue Service to issue a warning to taxpayers and tax professionals throughout the country. Scammers conduct the scheme by contacting the targeted taxpayer via telephone, and claiming to be … 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

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

How to Avoid Tax Scams

Recently the IRS came out urging taxpayers to avoid becoming victims of tax scams. The IRS has noted an increase in tax-return-related scams lately. These scams usually involve taxpayers who normally do not have to file a return, but are … read more

Identity Theft and the 2010 U.S. Census

The 2010 U.S. Census has begun. If a census worker comes to your door protect yourself by remembering these facts (provided by the Better Business Bureau): U.S. Census workers will have a badge, a handheld device and a confidentiality notice … read more

A Reminder to Avoid New Identity Theft Scams from the IRS

Recently the IRS came out and reminded taxpayers to be aware of and avoid potential new identity theft scams that use the IRS name, logo or website in an attempt to convince taxpayers that they are receiving a genuine communication … read more


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