Category Archives: IRS

IRS Scams Continue to Pose Serious Threats

IRS Scams Continue to Pose Serious Threats by Howard LipsetThe Internal Revenue Service has some advice for taxpayers this April Fool’s Day that may prevent them from being the victim of a tax scam: Don’t be fooled by scammers. Stay safe and be informed. Here are some of the most recent IRS-related scams to be on the lookout for:

Telephone Scams: Aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents remain an ongoing threat. The IRS has seen a surge of these phone scams in recent years as scam artists threaten taxpayers with police arrest, deportation, license revocation and more. These con artists often demand payment of back taxes on a prepaid debit card or by immediate wire transfer. Be alert to con artists impersonating IRS agents and demanding payment. Continue reading

FAILURE IS FEEDBACK Part 4

FAILURE IS FEEDBACK Part 5 by Howard Lipset, CPAFailure is a stepping stone towards success. But the information that you gather only has power when it is applied to real life situations. Failure is Feedback when you can learn different lessons from the failure, and that puts you on your way to success.

It is easy to feel like a failure when something does not work out. It is first instinct to feel disappointed when your project or start-up fails. At that moment, you could not care less about feedback from failure.  Continue reading

IRS Updates Phone Scam Warnings

IRS Updates Phone Scam Warnings by Howard Lipset, CPAThe IRS is again warning the public about phone scams that continue to claim victims all across the country. In these scams, thieves make unsolicited phone calls to their intended victims. Callers fraudulently claim to be from the IRS and demand immediate payment of taxes by a prepaid debit card or wire transfer. The callers are often hostile and abusive.

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) has received 90,000 complaints about these scams. TIGTA estimates that thieves have stolen an estimated $5 million from about 1,100 victims. To avoid becoming a victim of these scams, you should know:

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A Different IRS Scam

A Different IRS Scam by Howard Lipset, CPASee the copy of the email below:

  1. The IRS never makes first contact via email.
  2. The return address would be .GOV, not .COM.

—–Original Message—–

From: IRS TAX OFFICE [mailto:noreply@irsexemption.com]

Sent: Sunday, July 27, 2014 4:38 PM

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IRS Impersonators

IRS Impersonators by Howard Lipset, CPAHopefully, most of you are aware that I write a blog, and that one of my favorite topics is how scams operate.

Recently, I have written about scams that involve the Internal Revenue Service.

Well, recently they tried it on my office. When I got back after a breakfast meeting, there was a message that a Mr. DM had called from the IRS and left his phone number. He was a “Case Consulting Officer” and needed to discuss discrepancies in my own tax return. The individual who called demanded that I return the call immediately. Continue reading

The Inherent Inefficiency of Government Bureaucracy

The Inherent Inefficiency of  Government Bureaucracy - Howard Lipset, CPAThere are few who will disagree with the fact that, in recent years, the governmental bureaucracy has grown dramatically while its efficiency has deteriorated in an equally dramatic manner.

From 1952 to 1972, the cost of the public payroll multiplied more than fourfold, from $35 billion to $150 billion. The 330% increase over that period exceeds the 247% growth of employee compensation in private industries ($161 billion to $557 billion). In 1952, the average worker in private employment earned 5% more than his counterpart in government. By 1972, he had fallen 10% behind. Continue reading

Do You Qualify for a Health Insurance Coverage Exemption?

Do You Qualify for a Health Insurance Coverage Exemption? By Howard LipsetThe Affordable Care Act (ACA) calls for individuals to have qualifying health insurance coverage for each month of the year, have an exemption, or make a shared responsibility payment (this is the penalty tax) when filing his or her federal income tax return.

You may be exempt from the requirement to maintain qualifying health insurance coverage, called minimum essential coverage, and may not have to make a shared responsibility payment when you file your next federal income tax return.

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IRS Warns of Tax-Time Scams

IRS Warns of Tax-Time Scams By Howard LipsetIt’s true: tax scams proliferate during the income tax filing season. This year’s season opened on January 31. The IRS provides the following scam warnings so you can protect yourself and avoid becoming a victim of these crimes:

  • Be vigilant of any unexpected communication purportedly from the IRS at the start of tax season.   Continue reading

IRS Warns of Phone Scam

IRS Warns of Phone Scam By Howard LipsetThe IRS is warning the public about a phone scam that targets people across the nation, including recent immigrants. Callers claiming to be from the IRS tell intended victims they owe taxes and must pay using a prepaid debit card or wire transfer. The scammers threaten those who refuse to pay with arrest, deportation or loss of a business or driver’s license.

The callers who commit this fraud often:

  • Know the last four digits of the victim’s Social Security number
  • Use common names and fake IRS badge numbers
  • Make caller ID appear as if the IRS is calling
  • Send bogus IRS emails to support their scam
  • Call a second time claiming to be the police or DMV, and caller ID again supports their claim

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IRS and Your Rights

The IRS may not always advise taxpayers of their rights. Or they do not follow their own procedures, but so what.

Howard Lipset of thecfo.wordpress.com discusses a recent finding that the IRS may not be compliant with informing people of their rights.The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is required to notify taxpayers of their rights when requesting an extension of the statute of limitations for assessing additional taxes and penalties, but might not always notify them or their representatives, according to a new report.

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) issued a report stating that it believes the IRS is complying with the intent of the law, but there were some instances in which IRS employees did not document whether taxpayers or their representatives were advised of these rights.

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