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Archive for September 12th, 2009

Who uses ACORN for tax work?

Posted by taxguru on September 12, 2009

Why is ACORN giving tax advice? Started with shakedown of H & R Block – That was the first thing I was wondering while watching the clips of the ACORN rep giving advice to a pretend pimp and hooker on how to handle the taxes for a child sex slave business.  I have long known about their organized crime and voter fraud activities, but was ACORN also in the tax preparation business? 

I thought they may have been part of the IRS’s VITA program, which is designed to provide free tax help for lower income people in the community. That’s where I started my tax career in the early 1970s.  I don’t recall their policy on who we could prepare free tax returns for; but I am guessing that an illegal alien child sex slave business would have been off limits.

Which brings me to the other thing running through my mind while watching those undercover videos. What would other tax professionals do if confronted with new clients like the ones James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles were portraying?  I doubt that any reputable tax pro would accept them as clients and give the kind of illegal advice the ACORN rep was presenting, even in these tough economic times.  The proper response would be to either kick them out of your office or even to call the police on them.    

 

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New Fake IRS E-mail

Posted by taxguru on September 12, 2009

Snopes.com covers this latest phony email pretending to be from the IRS.  Sherry actually received one of these the other day and wondered if it was real, until I explained that IRS does not send out emails to people.  Their notices are sent via snail mail.

As I advised Sherry, anyone receiving these kinds of emails should forward them to the special IRS email address that was set up to handle this growing problem:  phishing@irs.gov

Hopefully, IRS is using these emails to hunt down and nail the scammers who are sending these out.

 

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