IRS Warns Taxpayers To Be Diligent As Identity Thieves Add New Twist To Phone Scam

If your phone is still ringing with tax scams and IRS impersonations, you’re not alone. J. Russell George, the Inspector General, has referred to these ongoing schemes as “the largest scam of its kind that we have ever seen.” As IRS and TIGTA try to combat the growing problem of identity theft and tax scams, the fraudsters are hoping to stay a few steps ahead. They’re switching up their schemes in an effort to not get caught. Have you read about their latest efforts?

On Memorial Day, A Look At Surviving Family Military Benefits

Last week, my brother returned home to his family after his most recent deployment. He is active duty in the U.S. Navy and I know that we are lucky that, for the last twenty years or so, he has come back every time he has shipped out. The family of 19 year old U.S. Army soldier Adrian M. Perkins was not so lucky. He died last week in Jordan. The week before that, 49 year old U.S. Army Commander Sergeant Major Martin R. Barreras was killed in the Herat Province (bordering Iran and Turkmenistan). Just two days earlier, 33 year …

Debt Ceiling Fix Eases Fears On Tax Refund Delays

Rest easy, folks: your tax refunds are safe. Despite dire warnings that tax refund delays could happen if Congress didn’t address the debt ceiling crisis (the same worries we had last year), we don’t have anything to worry about for 2014. Well, at least not as it relates to refunds and the debt ceiling. In a show of bipartisan cooperation (no, you didn’t read that wrong), a number of Republican Senators, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) crossed the aisle to overcome a filibuster attempt by – who else? – Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). Sen. Cruz had hoped to …