Arizona tax preparer pleads guilty to preparing fraudulent tax returns

Last month Roberto De La O pleaded guilty to Fraudulent Schemes and Artifices and two counts of Preparing a False Tax Returns for fraudulently preparing around 118 tax returns for 2014-2017. To increase the taxpayer’s refunds, he’d included fake W-2s or 1099-Miscellaneous for Red Home Investments that included Arizona and federal income tax withholdings The …

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Avoid getting hooked by phishing scams

In IRS Tax Tip 2019-170, the IRS laid out the tactics of phishing scammers and how to look out for them. A phishing scam is intended to trick users by disguising an email or website to look legitimate, convincing the users to provide personal information or click on unsolicited links. These emails can come to …

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Ghost tax preparers

The IRS is warning taxpayers about potential ghost tax preparers. A ghost tax preparer is someone who prepares the return but does not sign it or even include information that is vital. Don’t miss: What you need to give your CPA to prepare your 2019 tax return From this point the ghost preparer is free …

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IRS warns taxpayers of property lien scam

This month the IRS issued a Tax Tip warning taxpayers about fake property liens. This is just one of many scams out there designed to trick you into paying money for fictitious bills. Don’t miss: IRS issues warning to virtual currency owners Here are some of the attributes of the scam that the IRS wants …

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Don’t get scammed by fake IRS

The impostors, impersonators and general all-around bad guys are at it again. According to the IRS, notifications to phishing@IRS.gov are up substantially on unsolicited emails, claiming to be from the IRS. It begs the question, would there ever be a solicited email from the IRS? Don’t miss: Call from the SSA? Don’t fall for it. …

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Scammers go after international students’ money

Scammers pretending to be from the federal government are scaring international students into paying them money. The FTC says it has received report that foreign students – particularly from South Asian countries – are getting phone calls that look like they’re from the government. The scammers typically know about a student’s immigration status and the …

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IRS revamps EIN process to enhance security

As part of its ongoing security review, the IRS is making a change to the Employer Identification Number process. Starting May 13, only individuals with tax identification numbers may request an EIN as the “responsible party” on the application. This will provide greater security by requiring an individual – instead of entity – to be …

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Calls from the SSA? Don’t fall for it

Your personal information is a hot commodity these days. Fraudsters seem to develop new scams daily to try to dupe you into handing over your tax refund, your Social Security number and other sensitive information, so it’s no surprise we have another warning for you. The Federal Trade Commission says it’s seen a spike in …

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College test prep scam – don’t fall victim

Parents of high school students preparing to go to college – beware! There’s a college test prep scam targeting you. According to the FTC, someone claiming to be from the College Board, the organization in change of the PSAT and SAT tests, calls or emails you and asks for your credit card number in order …

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Wait – what? My college life may be a fraud?

I woke up to a text from my youngest daughter on Wednesday morning (yes, I know it is tax season, but she is living on the East Coast and with Daylight Saving Time, so she is three hours ahead of me!) jokingly asking if I had purchased her way into the University of Arizona. After …

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