It’s a sad state of affairs when every year I have to make several unplanned posts about new fraud surrounding taxes. In the latest attack, it is not a direct attempt to steal our money, but rather our data. According to the IRS: The Internal Revenue Service and Security Summit… Continue Reading..
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..
A worker is considered a contractor only if they have their own business. An example of a subcontractor is when someone contracted by the business performs work for it. The Department of Labor and the IRS have begun a renewed effort to put an end to what they call decades of abuse… Continue Reading..
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..
The days are getting shorter as your accountant savors the last few months of peace before the End-of-Year rush revs into gear. You like your accountant, why not make his or her job easier? I’ve put together a list of some of the things you should be thinking about before… Continue Reading..
Not only can they be used for flights or upgrades, they are increasingly being used as negotiating tools. But are they really worth all the trouble? People often ask me if frequent flyer miles are taxable, and the answer is no. According to the IRS, it “...has not pursued a… Continue Reading..
Recently I was talking to an accountant friend of mine and he was telling me about one of his clients who had fallen victim to a serious scam. It all started when this person received a notice from the IRS telling him that he was due a refund from his… Continue Reading..
It’s March, which means your accountant is ready for your tax paperwork. Here is a guide to what you’ll need: W-2’s - Wages and tax statements 1099’s - Taxable income, interest dividends and self-employed income Schedule K-1’s - Income or loss from a partnership or an S-corporation 1098’s - Mortgage… Continue Reading..
Recently, the Internal Revenue Service has turned its attention to the problem of unreported income among caregivers, nannies and housekeepers who work in the home. This is something that is becoming more and more of an issue now that people are living longer lives and are in need of more care. Caregivers… Continue Reading..