E-filing your tax return? Prove your identity first

As part of its continued effort to thwart tax refund fraud, the Internal Revenue Service strengthened its e-filing validation process for the 2017 tax filing season. When e-filing a tax return, all taxpayers must validate their identity by submitting their date of birth and “shared secret information” which is: Your 2015 adjusted gross income, or …

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IRS Shuts Down E-File PIN Tool

The IRS is continually having difficulties when it comes to defending taxpayers’ information from cybercriminals. Most recently, the IRS has had to shut down the e-file PIN tool due to a barrage of automated attacks taking place. The IRS announced Thursday that the attacks have increased in frequency and that it has closed both the …

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History of E-File

Did you file your tax return electronically this year? If so, you are in with a pack of your closest friends – over 100 million tax returns are expected to have been completed by e-file for 2015. That is a large number – but it looks bigger when it is written out as 100,000,000. But …

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Criminals Attack IRS Website, Generate 101,000 E-Filing PINS

The IRS recently announced it had identified and halted an automated attack on its e-filing PIN application available on IRS.gov. Using personal information stolen elsewhere, thieves used malware to generate E-file PINs for stolen social security numbers. When you attempt to e-file a tax return, the IRS verifies your identity using either the e-file PIN …

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Five Good Reasons to E-file Your Return

Have a Smartphone?  Use an iPad?  Listen to music on an iPod?  If you’re comfortable using those electronics, surely it’s time to file your return using an electronic means.  Here are five good reasons to e-file your tax return: 1. Accurate and complete. E-file is the best way to file an accurate and complete tax …

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