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?

Taxpayers Freaking Out Over Hoax Claiming 2015 IRS Refunds Already Delayed

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 …

IRS Announces New Tax Preparer Program To Mixed Reactions

There will be a tax preparer certification program after all. That was the word from Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen. If you’re scratching your head after Loving v. Commissioner and wondering how that’s possible, here’s your answer: the program will be voluntary. Following losses at the lower court and the appellate court which held that IRS did not have the authority to regulate preparers, the IRS dropped the matter. For the 2014 tax season, tax preparers were required to have a preparer tax identification number (PTIN) but were not required to engage in testing or continuing education requirements; similarly, …