IRS Lays Down The Law With Its Dirty Dozen Tax Scams

IRS Lays Down The Law With Its Dirty Dozen Tax Scams

The following alert is republished from an IRS webpage that can be found here. Taxpayers need to watch out for identity theft especially around tax time. The IRS continues to aggressively pursue the criminals that file fraudulent returns using someone else’s Social Security number. Though the agency is making progress… Continue Reading..
It Never Ends: Three More Tax Scams To Avoid By Judy Heft

It Never Ends: Three More Tax Scams To Avoid

I try to be as comprehensive as possible with my posts, but the fact of the matter is that I often find out more on a topic after I’ve written about it. Tax fraud, in particular, is a vast and sprawling criminal industry in which innovators are constantly perfecting their… Continue Reading..
Your Security Is Just Two Steps Away By Judith Heft

Your Security Is Just Two Steps Away

In a cloak-and-dagger caper reaching from Eastern Europe to the Virginia suburbs of Washington, DC, the nation and the world witnessed the most highly publicized case of phishing ever to come to light. It was during last year’s presidential campaign when 10 years of emails from Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman,… Continue Reading..

Tax Fraud, Identity Theft and the IRS

Tax Fraud Alert: Recently reports have begun to trickle in about taxpayers receiving IRS Letter 5071C. Letter 5071C is a standard letter issued by the IRS when it needs taxpayers to confirm personal information. If you receive Letter 5071C, there will be contact information for the agency’s new Identity Verification… Continue Reading..

Teach Your Children Well

Many people make charitable contributions at the end of the year for tax purposes, and many simply want to do good. Which of these people are you encouraging your children to become? The incentive-based, quid pro quo motivations for charity are ideally suited for younger children. When all they can… Continue Reading..

Keeping Your Social Security Number Secure

Being vigilant about your privacy is a necessity in today’s world, and nothing is more important to protect than your Social Security number. Unfortunately, many businesses - and the federal government - are not as careful with citizens’ numbers as they should be. While colleges and universities have ceased using… Continue Reading..

Identity Theft: Falling Through The Cracks In A Foreign Land

Imagine falling through the cracks. It’s a scary feeling to find yourself in, especially if you are in a foreign country. But that’s exactly what happened to my friend Jane -- not her real name. She was abroad during a recent vacation when the ramifications of identity theft reared their… Continue Reading..

Elder Financial Abuse: Lightning strikes twice

Last week I found myself, once again, wading through page after page of insurance policies in an effort to understand where a peculiar debit came from in a client’s bank account. An older gentleman, this client already had a history of being scammed. In fact, he only became my client after having… Continue Reading..