Is your phone ringing off the hook with numbers you don’t recognize? Those might be spam calls fishing for personal or financial information: they might even be IRS impersonators. Identity theft is a growing problem these days for taxpayers. The more you know, the more can protect yourself.
Looking for a way to show your support for our military on Veterans Day? Here are 14 ways to show your thanks to our vets – and some of them come with a nice tax benefit to boot.
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?
Stuck with too much Halloween candy? Consider this list of ways to empty your bag… and don’t forget to consider the tax consequences!
The Internal Revenue Service has announced the annual inflation adjustments for a number of provisions for the year 2015, including tax rate schedules, tax tables and cost-of-living adjustments for certain tax items. If you’re looking for 2015 tax rates, here you go!
Nina Pham, the nurse who contracted Ebola while taking care of Thomas Eric Duncan, has been declared free of the virus. The fundraising campaign for her has now wrapped and donors are encouraged to put their dollars towards Ebola charities. Exercise care, though: Ebola related scams are on the rise.
Apple and Facebook have fired the latest round in the “perk wars” – efforts to woo and keep talent in the tech sector. Not content with fancy meals, tech companies are offering female employees the opportunity to freeze their eggs. As perks keep expanding, what are the tax consequences to those employees?
Earlier this week, a panicked reader shot me the link to an article with this headline: 2014 Federal Tax Refunds To Be Delayed Until October 15. I glanced at the article on my phone and fired off a quick inquiry to the media department at Internal Revenue Service (IRS) questioning whether it was true. A few minutes later, I sent IRS an apologetic “Doh!” Once I had the chance to sit down at my laptop and read through the piece, it was clear that it was a hoax. I really should have known better. The headline about Gov. Perry suspending …
It’s time for guest posts! Today, Richard Baty, a retired IRS Appeals Officer, takes on tax breaks for the clergy.
It’s time for guest posts! Today, Josh Hoxie of the Director of the Project on Taxation and Opportunity at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) discusses the federal estate tax and its relationship to income tax.