Monthly Archives: March 2014

Tax Phishing Scheme

Issue Number:    IR-2014-39

Inside This Issue

IRS Warns of New Email Phishing Scheme Falsely Claiming to be from the Taxpayer Advocate Service WASHINGTON —The Internal Revenue Service today warned consumers to be on the lookout for a new email phishing scam. The emails appear to be from the IRS Taxpayer Advocate Service and include a bogus case number.‬ The fake emails may include the following message: “Your reported 2013 income is flagged for review due to a document processing error. Your case has been forwarded to the Taxpayer Advocate Service for resolution assistance. To avoid delays processing your 2013 filing contact the Taxpayer Advocate Service for resolution assistance.”‬ Recipients are directed to click on links that supposedly provide information about the "advocate" assigned to their case or that let them "review reported income." The links lead to web pages that solicit personal information.‬ Taxpayers who get these messages should not respond to the email or click on the links. Instead, they should forward the...

Taxes–April 15 is almost here!

Issue Number:    IRS Tax Tip 2013-40

Top 10 Tax Time Tips from the IRS The tax filing season is almost over. You can make tax time easier if you don’t wait until the last minute. Here are 10 important tax time tips: 1. Gather your records.  Collect all tax records you need to file your taxes. This includes receipts, canceled checks and records that support income, deductions or tax credits that you claim on your tax return. Store them in a safe place. 2. Report all your income.  You will need to report your income from all of your Forms W-2, Wage and Tax Statements, and Form 1099 income statements when you file your tax return. 3. Get answers.  Use the Interactive Tax Assistant tool on the IRS website to get answers to many of your questions about tax credits, deductions and many more topics. 4. Use Free File.  You can prepare and e-file a tax return for free using IRS Free...

TIGTA Warns of “Largest Ever” Phone Fraud Scam Targeting Taxpayers


Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration

Press Release

TIGTA-2014-03                                                                                                               Contact: David Barnes Thursday, March 20, 2014                                                                                             TIGTA Warns of “Largest Ever” Phone Fraud Scam Targeting Taxpayers   WASHINGTON — The Treasury Inspector General for Taxpayer Administration (TIGTA) today issued a warning to taxpayers to beware of phone calls from individuals claiming to represent the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in an effort to defraud them. “This is the largest scam of its kind that we have ever seen,” said J. Russell George, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.  George noted that TIGTA has received reports of over 20,000 contacts and has become aware of thousands of victims who have collectively paid over $1 million as a result of the scam, in which individuals make unsolicited calls to...

Back Home after a few days at the Hospital

I had alot of blood loss recently...2 pints plus and felt very week on Thursday. I will spare you further details,  but when I went to the hospital they immediately sent me to the ICU and put me on blood transfusion and intravenous feeding. My doctors were great, but how I hate hospitals! There were two emergencies that evening, the time to get a nurse was not always timely.  But under the circumstances,  I was very fortunate......and after my vital signs got normal and the usual blood checks. they just monitored me until I was OKed to leave the next day.  But a nurse and doctor did ask me some tax questions while I was in my hospital bed!  But I am back home now and VITA is back in operation for next week....