Category Archives: Tax Scams

IRS Phone Scams in 2016

Aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents remain a major threat to taxpayers, headlining the annual “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams for the 2016 filing season, the Internal Revenue Service announced today. The IRS has seen a surge of these phone scams as scam artists threaten police arrest, deportation, license revocation… Read More »

IRS Tips to Protect Your Personal Information While Online

The IRS, States and the tax industry urged to be safe online, and it reminds you that you should take important steps to protect your tax and financial information and at the same time protect themselves against identity theft. Handle your personal data as if out cash – does not distribute it any. Protecting your… Read More »

IRS Anti-Fraud Filters Delay Refunds

The IRS operates several programs that filter tax returns to ferret out improper refund claims, including returns showing bogus wage or withholding amounts and returns suspicious for identity theft.  While these are critical programs, the filters have high “false positive” rates, causing substantial refund delays for hundreds of thousands of legitimate taxpayers.  For example, the… Read More »

Talk with your family about safety online and at home

For families with children and elderly parents, it is important to make sure that all protect your personal information online and at home. It may be time to have “the conversation”. The IRS and state tax departments and tax industry have joined to combat identity theft related to taxes. Our motto: taxes. Security. United. Working in partnership… Read More »

Tips to protect your financial accounts using the credit bureaus

If  you believe you’re a victim of identity theft, you should contact one of the three credit bureaus to implement a “fraud alert” on your credit account. This step is important because it makes it more difficult to identity thieves to open additional accounts, such as accounts on your behalf. This also helps prevent identity thieves… Read More »

What is an IRS IP PIN and CP01 Letter?

Which brings us up to the IP PIN: once a case is resolved, the taxpayer is going to receive a CP01 letter saying, “We have resolved your identity theft case. It’s over. It’s done. You’re finished.” In December, if they get the case resolved fast enough (usually by a cutoff date in mid-November), we are… Read More »

IRS Form 14039 Identity Theft Affidavit

For tax-related ID theft, we want you to take one more step. The IRS would like you to file the Form 14039, which is the Identity Theft Affidavit – and this is a form that tells us that your client has been a victim of tax-related or is suspected of being a victim of tax-related… Read More »

IRS Electronic Fraud Detection System (or EFDS) Unit

When the tax return is filed, what generally happens is it takes two paths. The first one is what is called the Electronic Fraud Detection System (or EFDS). And what this does is it goes through and it looks at all the different lines on a tax return, paper and electronic. And, based on the… Read More »

Avoid Phishing and Malware to Protect Your Personal Data

“Update your account now.”  “You just won a cruise!” “The IRS has a refund waiting for you.” In the cyber world of phishing, the sentences are “bait” – lures from emails, telephone calls and texts all designed to separate you from your cash, your passwords, your social security number or your very identity. The IRS… Read More »