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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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U.S. man accused of using Craigslist to find fake tax dependents

U.S. man accused of using Craigslist to find fake tax dependents

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Reuters) – A Missouri man has been charged with filing false U.S. tax returns after allegedly using Craigslist to find three children he could falsely claim as dependents, a federal prosecutor announced on Wednesday. A U.S. grand jury in Springfield, Mo., indicted Raheem McClain, 37, of Ozark, Missouri, on three counts of […]

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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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IRS warns of phone scams

IRS warns of phone scams

Editor’s Note: we previously have blogged on this many times.  Click here for the September 2014 blog entitled “IRS Phone Scams Remain a Threat – Officials Say the Actual IRS Will Never Make First Contact by Phone Associated Press” and in March 2014, click here for “IRS Tax Tip 2014-19: Beware of Fake IRS Emails […]

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Washington Alert – IRS warns of scam related to flooding; Volkswagen scandal prompts investigation by Senate; Tax return filings of businesses are on the rise

Washington Alert – IRS warns of scam related to flooding; Volkswagen scandal prompts investigation by Senate; Tax return filings of businesses are on the rise

IRS issued a consumer warning concerning possible scams related to the severe flooding this month in South Carolina and neighboring states. (IR 2015-114) According to the agency, fraudulent schemes may involve contact by telephone, email, social media, or face-to-face solicitations. Among the tips offered by IRS were – donate to recognized charities; exercise caution when […]

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Washington Alert – IRS warns of New Tricks by Scam Artists; Budget Deficit

Washington Alert – IRS warns of New Tricks by Scam Artists; Budget Deficit

Spurred by “the emergence of new variations of widespread tax scams,” IRS on Aug. 6 has again warned taxpayers to remain vigilant in the face of “the ever evolving array of deceitful tactics scammers use to trick people.” (IR 2015-99) According to the agency, a common element of the scams is fear, with scammers attempting […]

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Washington Alert – IRS publishing Dirty Dozen on consecutive days; Telephone scammers; IRS Free File

Washington Alert – IRS publishing Dirty Dozen on consecutive days; Telephone scammers; IRS Free File

In a departure from past practices, IRS has decided to issue its list of so-called “Dirty Dozen” tax scams on 12 consecutive business days rather than publishing a comprehensive list. The first scam on the Dirty Dozen list is telephone scams. The IRS has seen a surge of these phone scams in recent months as […]

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Washington Alert – IRS warns of bogus e-mail scams; IRS Retirement Plans; JCT on Tax Reform, Growth and Efficiency

Washington Alert – IRS warns of bogus e-mail scams; IRS Retirement Plans; JCT on Tax Reform, Growth and Efficiency

IRS on Feb. 18 warned tax return preparers and other tax professionals that they are being targeting by scam artists who use bogus emails “seeking updated personal or professional information that in reality are phishing schemes.” (IR 2015-31) As described by the agency, the bogus emails ask tax professionals to update their IRS e-services portal […]

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Six Corporate Executives And Six Corporate EntitiesIndicted For Orchestrating A $500 Million Offshore Asset Protection, Securities Fraud, And Money Laundering Scheme

Six Corporate Executives And Six Corporate EntitiesIndicted For Orchestrating A $500 Million Offshore Asset Protection, Securities Fraud, And Money Laundering Scheme

As reported in the DOJ Press Release, Six Corporate Executives And Six Corporate EntitiesIndicted For Orchestrating A $500 Million Offshore Asset Protection, Securities Fraud, And Money Laundering Scheme.  The case is E.D.N.Y. Docket No. 14-CR-476 (ILG). Defendants Created Three Brokerage Firms in Belize to Assist U.S. Citizens in Fraudulent Manipulation Schemes of Publicly Traded Companies, […]

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Dow Chemical cannot get $1 bln deductions on sham partnerships

Dow Chemical cannot get $1 bln deductions on sham partnerships

(Reuters) – Dow Chemical Co is not entitled to more than $1 billion of tax deductions based on a decade of transactions with “sham” partnerships that Goldman Sachs Group Inc and the law firm King & Spalding promoted, a federal appeals court decided on Wednesday. A unanimous three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court […]

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Federal Court Bars Southern California Man from Promoting Alleged Tax Scheme

Federal Court Bars Southern California Man from Promoting Alleged Tax Scheme

As reported in the DOJ Press Release, Federal Court Bars Southern California Man from Promoting Alleged Tax Scheme. A federal court has permanently barred a Rancho Santa Margarita, California, man from promoting and selling an alleged nationwide tax scheme that involved using welfare benefit plans to unlawfully increase and accelerate tax deductions and avoid income […]

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IRS Phone Scams Remain a Threat – Officials Say the Actual IRS Will Never Make First Contact by Phone

IRS Phone Scams Remain a Threat – Officials Say the Actual IRS Will Never Make First Contact by Phone

IRS Phone Scams Remain a Threat – Officials Say the Actual IRS Will Never Make First Contact by Phone, as reported in the WS Journal. Con artists posing as Internal Revenue Service agents are back in the news. Despite previous warnings from government officials, some taxpayers still haven’t gotten the message. “There are clear warning […]

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Child credit scam prompts U.S. tax crackdown on expats in Israel

Child credit scam prompts U.S. tax crackdown on expats in Israel

TEL AVIV (Reuters) – It was called the “Israel Project”, an operation by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that has uncovered false claims for child tax credits involving an estimated tens of millions of dollars filed by U.S. citizens living in Israel. About 200,000 American citizens live in Israel, one of the largest U.S. […]

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Beware Con Artists Posing as the IRS

Beware Con Artists Posing as the IRS

Beware Con Artists Posing as the IRS as reported in the WS Journal. Watch out for con artists posing over the phone as representatives of the Internal Revenue Service. It’s an old idea, but Treasury and IRS officials say thousands of people have fallen for increasingly sophisticated phone scams designed to steal money or identities. […]

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Washington Alert – Bits ‘n Pieces – Realignment of TE/GE Division, TIGTA Warns of Huge IRS Phone Scam, Refunds of $760 Million Available, Tax-Exempt Status Applications Expected to be Approved

Washington Alert – Bits ‘n Pieces – Realignment of TE/GE Division, TIGTA Warns of Huge IRS Phone Scam, Refunds of $760 Million Available, Tax-Exempt Status Applications Expected to be Approved

Citing the need to “ensuure consistency and efficiency,” IRS last week announced its intention to realign legal and technical resources within its Tax Exempt and Government Entities (TE/GE) Division. The plan reportedly involves shifting certain personnel, including technical law specialists, to the purview of the Office of Chief Counsel. The agency noted that TE/GE has […]

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TIGTA Warns of “Largest Ever” Phone Fraud Scam Targeting Taxpayers

TIGTA Warns of “Largest Ever” Phone Fraud Scam Targeting Taxpayers

WASHINGTON — The Treasury Inspector General for Taxpayer Administration (TIGTA) today issued a warning to taxpayers to beware of phone calls from individuals claiming to represent the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in an effort to defraud them. “This is the largest scam of its kind that we have ever seen,” said J. Russell George, the […]

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IRS Warns of Phone Scam

IRS Warns of Phone Scam

The IRS is warning the public about a phone scam that targets people across the nation, including recent immigrants. Callers claiming to be from the IRS tell intended victims they owe taxes and must pay using a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer. The scammers threaten those who refuse to pay with arrest, deportation or […]

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IRS Special Edition Tax Tip 2013-14 – Don’t Fall for Charity Scams Following Disasters

IRS Special Edition Tax Tip 2013-14 – Don’t Fall for Charity Scams Following Disasters

IRS Special Edition Tax Tip 2013-14 – Don’t Fall for Charity Scams Following Disasters. The IRS warns consumers not to fall for bogus charity scams. They often occur in the wake of major disasters like the recent tornadoes in the Midwest or the typhoon in the Philippines. Thieves play on the goodwill of people who […]

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Beware of callers who demand payment to IRS

Beware of callers who demand payment to IRS

As reported in the OC Register, “Beware of callers who demand payment to IRS,” by Raphael Tulino- who is the spokesman for the IRS in the Orange County/San Diego area.  Today he warns readers about a sophisticated new phone scam making the rounds. It’s a call nobody wants to receive, but if you get an […]

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IRS warns consumers of scams related to Typhoon Haiyan relief

IRS warns consumers of scams related to Typhoon Haiyan relief

In IR 2013-90, IRS has cautioned those wishing to make charitable contributions to aid the victims of Typhoon Haiyan – which wreaked wide-spread damage in the Philippines – to avoid the scams that often follow major disasters. Noting that it is common for scam artists to impersonate charities to get money or private information from […]

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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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