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IRS Warns Businesses About W-2 Email Scam

Posted by IRS on Fri, Jan 27, 2017

The IRS, along with state tax authorities and the tax preparation industry, is warning businesses of an email phishing scam using a corporate officer’s name asking for employee W-2 forms from payroll and human resources departments at companies.

The IRS said Wednesday it has been hearing complaints this week the email scam is making its way across the country for a second time. The IRS urges company payroll officials to double check any executive-level or unusual requests for lists of Forms W-2 or Social Security number.

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Better Business Bureau Warns Against QuickBooks Email Scam

Posted by Concannon Miller on Thu, Jan 26, 2017

Businesses using Intuit’s QuickBooks accounting software should be on the alert about a new email phishing scam.

The Better Business Bureau has issued a scam alert about a new con targeting small businesses that use QuickBooks.

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IRS Warns Taxpayers of Numerous Tax Scams Nationwide – See the Most Recent Schemes

Posted by IRS on Tue, Dec 13, 2016

As tax season approaches, the IRS is warning taxpayers to be on the lookout for an array of evolving tax scams related to identity theft and refund fraud.

Every tax season, there is an increase in schemes that target innocent taxpayers by email, by phone and on-line. The IRS and Security Summit partners remind taxpayers to be on the lookout for these deceptive schemes.

“Whether it's during the holidays or the approach of tax season, scam artists look for ways to use tax agencies and the tax industry to trick and confuse people,” IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said in an announcement last week.

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IRS Warns about 'Federal Student Tax' and Other Back-to-School Scams

Posted by IRS on Thu, Sep 1, 2016

The IRS is warning taxpayers against telephone scammers targeting students and parents during the back-to-school season and demanding payments for non-existent taxes, such as the “Federal Student Tax.”

People should be on the lookout for IRS impersonators calling students and demanding that they wire money immediately to pay a fake “federal student tax.” If the person does not comply, the scammer becomes aggressive and threatens to report the student to the police to be arrested. As schools around the nation prepare to re-open, it is important for taxpayers to be particularly aware of this scheme going after students and parents.

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IRS Concerned Over New Tax Scam Seeking Tax Return Verification Information

Posted by Concannon Miller on Tue, Mar 15, 2016

With tax season in full swing, the IRS this week issued a new tax scam alert over significant reports of scammers calling under the guise of verifying tax return information over the phone.

The attempted sham involves scammers posing as IRS agents calling to say they have your tax return and need to verify details to process it, the IRS said. The scammers ask for personal information such as a Social Security number or bank numbers and credit cards.

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IRS Consumer Alert: Email Phishing Tax Scams up 400 Percent

Posted by Concannon Miller on Tue, Feb 23, 2016

The IRS has re-issued a consumer alert on email schemes after witnessing a 400 percent surge in phishing and malware incidents so far this tax season.

The emails seek to trick taxpayers into thinking these are official communications from the IRS or others in the tax industry, the IRS says in a press release issued Feb. 18. The phishing schemes have asked taxpayers about a wide range of topics, including information related to refunds, filing status, confirming personal information, ordering transcripts and verifying PIN information, the agency said.

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10 Tips to Protect Yourself from Fraudulent Tax Filings

Posted by Concannon Miller on Thu, Jan 28, 2016

Fraudulent tax returns have reached troubling levels.

The IRS has recently issued repeated warnings and tips to help protect taxpayers from fraudulent filings. The Morning Call last week wrote a Watchdog report on the many cases of tax identity theft with Turbo Tax and other self-filing tax programs.

At Concannon Miller, we’ve always gone to great lengths to protect our clients’ private information and data and have protocols in place for both data in our offices and online security. However, each person has a role in protecting their information, as well.

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Federal Government: Taxpayers Should be on 'High Alert' for Scams

Posted by Concannon Miller on Fri, Jan 22, 2016

The federal government this week urged taxpayers to remain on high alert from falling victim to criminals who impersonate Internal Revenue Service and Treasury employees this tax filing season.

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration receives thousands of reports every month involving individuals fraudulently claiming to be IRS officials making unsolicited calls and recorded calls to taxpayers and demanding they send them cash, the agency said in a press release issued Wednesday.

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