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Telephone scam artist: ‘Americans are fools’

Telephone scam artist: ‘Americans are fools’

As reported in the news of the OC Register:  Telephone scam artist: ‘Americans are fools’ The con man was looking for a mark, but instead he got a cop. Damon Tucker, head investigator for the Major Fraud Unit in the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, was checking voice messages on his personal cellphone when he […]

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IRS Warns Washington D.C., Maryland, Virginia Residents of New Phishing Scam Targeting National Capital Area

IRS Warns Washington D.C., Maryland, Virginia Residents of New Phishing Scam Targeting National Capital Area

IRS Warns Washington D.C., Maryland, Virginia Residents of New Phishing Scam Targeting National Capital Area IRS YouTube Videos Tax Scams: English | Spanish | ASL Security Summit Identity Theft Tips Overview: English Be Cautious When Using Wi-Fi: English Update Your Password Regularly: English WASHINGTON — As reports of phone scams as well as email phishing […]

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Do You Really Need Rental Car Insurance?

Do You Really Need Rental Car Insurance?

As reported in the news of the NY Times, Do You Really Need Rental Car Insurance? With every car rental transaction comes the slightly uncomfortable moment when the agent behind the counter tries to foist the company’s insurance on you. When this happened to me at Hertz at the Hilo International Airport in Hawaii a […]

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Phishing season in full swing as tax deadline looms

Phishing season in full swing as tax deadline looms

As reported in the AP news, Phishing season in full swing as tax deadline looms. NEW YORK (AP) — Tax day is a little more than a month away, which means phishing season is in full swing. The IRS says it’s seen a “surge” this year in phishing emails, with thieves baiting special hooks for payroll […]

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Snapchat, Seagate among companies duped in tax-fraud scam

Snapchat, Seagate among companies duped in tax-fraud scam

As reported in the AP news, Snapchat, Seagate among companies duped in tax-fraud scam SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Tax-filing season is turning into a nightmare for thousands of employees whose companies have been duped by email fraudsters. A major phishing scheme has tricked several major companies — among them, the messaging service Snapchat and disk-drive […]

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Less than a month into filing season, IRS systems breached

Less than a month into filing season, IRS systems breached

Criminals attacked the IRS’ digital systems in an attempt to steal data that could be used to collect fraudulent refunds, the agency announced last week. The incident was the latest in a string of identity theft-related breaches that have been announced by tax officials and tax software companies this year. The news also comes shortly […]

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Cash or Credit? Paying for Big Purchases – There’s No Fixed Answer, but There Are Some Smart Questions

Cash or Credit? Paying for Big Purchases – There’s No Fixed Answer, but There Are Some Smart Questions

Cash or Credit? Paying for Big Purchases – There’s No Fixed Answer, but There Are Some Smart Questions, as reported in the WS Journal. So you’re planning a big purchase this year—maybe a new home, a car, new living-room furniture, sending Junior off to college. You’ve done your research. You know what you want and […]

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Brokers challenge restrictions in small stock pilot program

Brokers challenge restrictions in small stock pilot program

Brokerage firms and investment industry trade groups said an SEC plan to test an increase in the trading increments for small company stocks includes trading restrictions that will undermine the purpose of running the test. The SEC said the restrictions are needed to stem the migration of trading volume away from the regulated exchanges. Brokerage […]

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How to get the best price on your next car

How to get the best price on your next car

How to get the best price on your next car, as reported in the WS Journal. So, you’re getting ready to buy a new car and you’re wondering where to begin. The good news: You’ll find no shortage of information on the web as to pricing, negotiating strategies and even which dealership to choose. The […]

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10 things car dealers won’t tell you

10 things car dealers won’t tell you

10 things car dealers won’t tell you, as reported in the WS Journal. 1. Welcome to McDealer Americans are buying new vehicles again in a big way. While final numbers are still being tallied, 2014 sales are expected to reach at least 16.5 million units, rising to their highest level since 2006. December sales alone are […]

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Loyalty worth peanuts to airlines

Loyalty worth peanuts to airlines

As reported in the LA Times:  Loyalty worth peanuts to airlines. This was the year in which airline passengers learned where they really stood with the big carriers they’ve been loyal to over the years. Beginning Jan. 1, Delta Air Lines will start handing out frequent-flier miles based not on distance traveled, which is how […]

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Proposed Regs Would Amend SBC and Uniform Glossary Requirements for Health Plans

Proposed Regs Would Amend SBC and Uniform Glossary Requirements for Health Plans

Preamble to Prop Reg 12/22/2014; Prop Reg § 54.9815-2715; Prop Labor Reg 2590.715-2715   IRS, EBSA, and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) (the Departments) have issued proposed regs that would amend final regs concerning disclosure rules for group health plans and health insurance issuers with regard to a “summary of benefits and […]

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The Trouble With Social Security Numbers – How Can Retirees Keep It Secret When They Carry It Everywhere?

The Trouble With Social Security Numbers – How Can Retirees Keep It Secret When They Carry It Everywhere?

The Trouble With Social Security Numbers – How Can Retirees Keep It Secret When They Carry It Everywhere?, as reported in the WS Journal. Encouraging seniors to keep close watch over their Social Security numbers, as we did in our last column, opened the floodgates to letters complaining that those numbers are in plain sight […]

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10 things the beer industry won’t tell you

10 things the beer industry won’t tell you

10 things the beer industry won’t tell you, as reported in the WS Journal. 1. People drink less beer than they used to Here’s something for beer fans to say cheers to: The majority of Americans live within 10 miles of a brewery. There are now nearly 3,200 breweries nationwide, up from 97 just 30 […]

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Is a Private Mortgage Right for You?

Is a Private Mortgage Right for You?

Is a Private Mortgage Right for You? – It’s a Way for the Borrower to Cut Costs, but the Lender Takes Big Risks, as reported in the WS Journal. It’s tough to find certificates of deposit that pay 2% a year. But if you’re a bank lending to 30-year fixed-rate mortgage borrowers, you can earn […]

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How Charities Get You to Give More – Heart-Rending Stories Are Only Part of It

How Charities Get You to Give More – Heart-Rending Stories Are Only Part of It

How Charities Get You to Give More – Heart-Rending Stories Are Only Part of It, as reported in the WS Journal. Researchers are using controlled experiments and psychological testing to better understand why people feel compelled to donate to a charity—or give it a pass. Some of their findings turn conventional charity wisdom on its […]

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How to Stretch Your Health-Care Dollars – The Goal Is Adequate Health Care for the Lowest Out-of-Pocket Cost

How to Stretch Your Health-Care Dollars – The Goal Is Adequate Health Care for the Lowest Out-of-Pocket Cost

How to Stretch Your Health-Care Dollars – The Goal Is Adequate Health Care for the Lowest Out-of-Pocket Cost, as reported in the WS Journal. A new year is here, and with it new opportunities to rein in a major slice of the household budget: health care. Yes, it’s complex. But being proactive can pay off, […]

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10 things candy makers won’t tell you

10 things candy makers won’t tell you

10 things candy makers won’t tell you, as reported in the WS Journal. 1. We make sweet money, no matter what the economy does This time of year is windfall season for the candy industry: Americans who plan to buy candy this Halloween say they’ll spend an estimated $24.64 per adult, up 5% from 2013 […]

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Commissioner Stein Calls For Disclosure Rules To Fit Needs Of Different Types Of Investors

Commissioner Stein Calls For Disclosure Rules To Fit Needs Of Different Types Of Investors

SEC Commissioner Kara Stein said the agency should overhaul its disclosure rules to take into account different types of investors. Investors vary in their levels of knowledge, desires for information, and analytical skills, and in her view, the agency must be attuned to these differences. SEC Commissioner Kara Stein said the agency should overhaul its […]

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Royal Bank of Canada to Pay $35 Million to Settle U.S. Lawsuit on Trading Scheme

Royal Bank of Canada to Pay $35 Million to Settle U.S. Lawsuit on Trading Scheme

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Royal Bank of Canada has agreed to pay $35 million to resolve a lawsuit by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission that accused it of running an illegal trading scheme to gain lucrative Canadian tax benefits. The settlement, disclosed in papers filed on Thursday in Manhattan federal court, would resolve claims that a […]

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Meet Paul Raymond

Meet Paul Raymond

Mr. Raymond is a sought after speaker in tax controversy law by many attorney, accountant, and business groups and at the request of the Internal Revenue Service, has presented programs at the IRS Nationwide Tax Forum, attended by tax professionals throughout the United States.

Additionally, he continues to be an active member in the Section of Taxation, American Bar Association, where he was the Past Chair of the Employment Taxes Committee.

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