IRS Alert: Beware new text scam

IRS and state tax agencies recently issued a warning to taxpayers about a new scam being sent by text message, this time posing as a link for receiving an economic impact payment. The text message reads “You have received a direct deposit of $1,200 from COVID-19 TREAS FUND. Further action is required to accept this…

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Cyber Security Tips: E-mail

When working with taxes, financial planning and retirement, you often have to provide sensitive information. You don’t want your social security number or finances released to the public, so it is important to take some precautions. While e-mail is a fast and easy way to send information, it’s not as secure as you may think….

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IRS Economic Impact Payment Scams on the Rise

Even though economic impact payments are brand new in 2020, scammers are already using the new terminology to trick people into giving up their money or their financial information. Here are some tips from IRS on avoiding these schemes: IRS will not call you to verify payment information for the economic impact payment. Retirees do…

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As the Year Begins, Tax Scams are on the Rise

Tax season isn’t until April, but tax scammers are already looking to take advantage of the upcoming tax season. Here are five quick tips to help avoiding tax scams this year: Be suspicious of anyone that says you must pay or face immediate foreclosure, seizure, jail time, or deportation. Tax scams tend to be very…

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Tips to help taxpayers recognize tax scams

New versions of well-known tax-related scams appear every year…and 2019 is no different. No matter what time of year, taxpayers should be on the lookout for scams. Here are some things taxpayers should remember to help them spot scams and avoid becoming a victim. Phone scams The IRS does not leave pre-recorded, urgent or threatening…

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Protecting Personal Data

According to a 2016 report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, 10% of people 16 or older experience at least one type of identity theft. That’s why it’s important for us all to protect our private data whenever possible. Here are ten easy tips for keeping your personal data secure: Don’t carry your social security…

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Take Care, Don’t Overshare!

When most people imagine an identity thief, they imagine a young, bespectacled hacker, hunched over a computer while typing in computer commands, possibly wearing a black turtleneck. In reality, most private data theft is remarkably low-tech. Private data theft usually happens because the victim shares valuable information with the thief. Very little “hacking” is actually…

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Tax Season means more IRS Scams

As we inch closer towards April 15th, the number of phone calls pretending to be IRS will become more frequent. These scams take advantage of the public’s fear of IRS, making it sound like the victim will go to prison if they don’t agree to pay up. Even worse, these scams are getting more sophisticated…

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Is it really the IRS calling on your business?

Many taxpayers have encountered individuals impersonating IRS officials – in person, over the telephone and via email. Don’t get scammed. We want you to understand how and when the IRS contacts taxpayers and help you determine whether a contact you may have received is truly from an IRS employee. The IRS initiates most contacts through…

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Don’t Fall for Scam Calls and Emails Posing as IRS

Scammers and cyberthieves continue to use the IRS as bait. The most common tax scams are phone calls and emails from thieves who pretend to be from the IRS. Scammers use the IRS name, logo, fake employee names and badge numbers to try to steal money and identities from taxpayers. Taxpayers need to be wary…

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