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IRS Scammers Up Their Online Game

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’re well aware of the many ways unscrupulous people can scam innocent taxpayers by pretending to be the IRS. Scams can take many forms. A common variation is when scammers randomly call…

May 22, 2018

Government Releases Information on Online Taxpayer Identity Theft

The IRS previously offered an online service called IRS Get Transcript Online where taxpayers could obtain their IRS transcripts of account.   The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration recently provided updated numbers regarding the victims of identity theft using…

June 27, 2016

IRS Backpedals on First Calling Taxpayers that are Subject to an Audit

We previously reported that the IRS has begun initiating some audits by telephone depending on the state in which you live. Previously, the IRS only contacted taxpayers for purpose of an audit by mail and not by telephone.  This has…

May 24, 2016

IRS Plans to Notify Victims if Social Security Number Used by Others to Obtain Employment

Identity theft is now rampant in the United States and around the world. Any entity that holds your private information including banks, hospitals and even the IRS are potential targets of identity thieves. If you are a regular reader of…

May 20, 2016

IRS Shuts Down Tool Used to Prevent Identity Theft After Security Breach

Identity Protection PINS, an online tool created by the IRS that was meant to help protect taxpayers who previously have been victims of tax refund fraud, has been suspended by the federal government after it was learned that the tool…

March 14, 2016

Illinois Delaying 2015 Tax Returns to Curb Fraud and Identity Theft

Illinois’ nearly year-long state budget standoff might appear to be the likely culprit with the recent news that the Illinois Department of Revenue will not issue state refunds to Illinois taxpayers until at least March 1.  State Revenue Director Connie…

January 21, 2016

Unpaid Federal Taxes Soon Could Be Sent to Private Debt Collectors

In recent proposed legislation, both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate are about to approve extraordinarily controversial tax provisions that would affect taxpayers with unpaid taxes due to the IRS. Although this legislation is titled Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act and relates…

December 02, 2015

IRS Identifies 334,000 Taxpayer Identity Theft Victims From Their Own IRS Website

The IRS has identified a total of 334,000 taxpayers who are victims of identity theft off of their own IRS.gov website. During the most recent tax filing season, the IRS previously learned of identity theft by hackers that used taxpayer…

August 24, 2015

Nine Individuals Plead Guilty to Stolen Identity Tax Fraud

Nine individuals in Alabama and Georgia recently pled guilty to identity theft in connection with the filing of 7,000 false tax returns containing fraudulent refund claims in the amount of $20 million. These individuals worked together to steal the identities…

June 16, 2015

Department of Justice Announces Nine Indictments

The US Department of Justice recently announces indictments against nine individuals for filing false individual income tax returns with the IRS.  In one instance, a defendant filed at least 208 false individual tax returns and claimed more than $1 million…

December 28, 2014

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