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Summer Brings Surge in “Robo-Call” Phone Scams

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In an Information Release, IRS has warned taxpayers of an increase in IRS impersonation scams that employ automated phone calls demanding tax payments on iTunes and other gift cards. IRS has seen an increase in phone “robo-calls” where scammers leave urgent callback requests telling taxpayers to call back to settle their “tax bill”. These fake […]

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2016’s Dirty Dozen Tax Scams

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Every year, the IRS releases a list of what it calls the worst tax scams of the year. Beginning Feb. 1 and ending on Feb. 17, the IRS issued a news release each day highlighting a scam. These “dirty dozen” scams can be encountered at any time of year, but the IRS reports that they […]

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From the “Don’t Try This at Home” File

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Real Life Horror Story: Unintended Incorporation Had to Be Respected for Tax Purposes Background A recent Tax Court decision concluded that the wife of a deceased Michigan business owner owed $15,120 in federal income tax deficiencies and penalties for 2008 and 2009 after her late husband failed to correct the unintended registration of the family […]

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Changes to Mortgage Interest Reporting Part of New Highway Bill

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Sec. 6050H is amended to require new information on the mortgage information statements that are required to be sent to individuals who pay more than $600 in mortgage interest in a year. These statements will now be required to report the outstanding principal on the mortgage at the beginning of the calendar year, the address […]

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Return Due Dates Changed in Highway Funding Bill

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The short-term highway funding extension passed by the Senate on Thursday contains several important tax provisions (H.R. 3236). The bill was passed by the House of Representatives, 385–34, on Wednesday, and it now goes to President Barack Obama for his signature. [Update: The president signed the bill into law on Friday, July 31.] The bill […]

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