identity theft

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

IRS Online “Get Transcript” Service Gets Hacked

The IRS announced that criminals used taxpayer-specific data acquired from non-IRS sources to gain unauthorized access to information on approximately 100,000 tax accounts through the IRS “Get Transcript” application. This data included Social Security information, date of birth and street … 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

Lose Your Wallet or Purse? Contact the Cops, Then the IRS

If you become a potential or actual victim of identity theft outside the tax system or believe you may be at risk due to a lost/stolen purse or wallet, questionable credit card activity or questionable activity on your credit report, … 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 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

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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