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Archive for the ‘scams’ Category

Catching Phony IRS Scammers

Posted by taxguru on December 4, 2017

I doubt there is anybody left in this country who hasn’t received a phony demand for money from scammers posing as IRS agents, whether by phone, email or snail mail.  I have been forwarding at least one such scam email to IRS’s special email address (phising@irs.gov) each week. 

Just as with other such scam emails, I have always been curious as to whether the crooks are ever caught.  This recent story about the arrest of three men in Georgia (USA, not Russia) and one in Illinois, with connections to a bigger organized crime operation in India, is a good sign that at least a few of the bad guys are being caught. 

With fake IDs, three Georgia men collected $666,537, prosecutors say

What is most mind boggling about these scammers is the fact that they allegedly conned 7,314 people to send them a total of almost $3.5 million for fictitious taxes.  Considering that this was just one gang, there have to be several others running the same kind of scam.  With all of the publicity about these scams, it’s a bit amazing that there are so many gullible folks who fall for it.  

IRS has a useful guide to dealing with these scams on their website that has been growing in size as more and more people get into this extremely lucrative criminal activity.

Tax Scams / Consumer Alerts

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Beware of Scammers

Posted by taxguru on March 13, 2015

IRS warns of tax scams involving health care law

Fake IRS agents target more than 366,000 in huge tax scam

It’s hard enough dealing with real IRS agents, much less imposters.  The lesson from these scams is that it is crucial to always work with a professional tax advisor who knows the proper procedures for dealing with IRS issues and isn’t afraid to stand up to overly aggressive IRS employees, real or fake.  This is also vital when actual IRS agents are the ones hassling you.

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Be careful of fake IRS contacts…

Posted by taxguru on October 20, 2014

Fake IRS agents scare many consumers into paying up

Even if you’re not sure whether somebody is really with the IRS or not, the safest way to approach it is to have your professional tax advisor handle all interfaces with IRS on your behalf.  S/he should be able to quickly spot a scam, as well as protect you from the improper tactics used by some actual IRS employees.

 

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Frivolous Tax Arguments

Posted by taxguru on April 11, 2014

It used to be official IRS policy to ignore people who made ridiculous claims about taxes being voluntary.  However, they finally realized that their silence on the subject just fed into the hands of the promoters of such tax scams who used that as a sign that what they were saying must have been true. 

As announced in this press release, IRS has just updated their guide to many of these tax scams, The Truth About Frivolous Tax Arguments, which can be seen on their website and downloaded as a 62 page pdf.

I had an interesting email conversation with a tax protestor a few months who was spouting some of these idiotic reasons why nobody has to file a tax return.  After I finish the rest of our April 15 extensions, I will post it here on my blog.

 

 

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Corporate Minutes Scam in the mail

Posted by taxguru on November 3, 2013

While I know that this scam has been aimed at Arkansas corporations, I am guessing that the scammers will also be doing the same phishing for suckers in other states.  In true scammer fashion, their website is as bland and nondescript as one can be, with no trace of the identities of the crooks behind it.  

 

From a Client:

Subject:  Annual Minutes Requirement Statement

Kerry ,

 
We received this letter yesterday and not quite sure if it needs to be addressed by us or not since we closed out the Corp. thought I let you look at it first . Please let me know what you think if this is something new for the Corp .
 
Thank You

 

My Reply:

That’s a complete scam that you can ignore.

Actually, I received two of those in the snail mail yesterday; one addressed to each of our corporations.

It looks like those scammers calling themselves Compliance Services got the list of all Arkansas corporations and sent them all those letters for their bogus “service.”  At $125 a pop, if they can get a few hundred suckers to fall for it, they will make some good money.

 

 

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Helping the poor…

Posted by taxguru on August 22, 2012

Rush’s Morning Update today is about this article, describing how people on public assistance have been able to qame the tax system to also obtain huge illegal refunds from IRS. 

Back in the good old days, when a Billion dollars was considered to be a huge number, our rulers may have been concerned about this blatant theft of taxpayer funds.  Now that everything is stated in Trillions, it’s considered a mere drop in the bucket and not worth their effort to even try fixing.

Don’t stories like this make you swell up with patriotic pride when you send your money in to the IRS? 

 

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Tax scams according to IRS…

Posted by taxguru on February 17, 2012

IRS Releases the Dirty Dozen Tax Scams for 2012

1. Identity Theft

2. Phishing

3. Return Preparer Fraud

4. Hiding Income Offshore

5. “Free Money” from the IRS & Tax Scams Involving Social Security

6. False/Inflated Income and Expenses

7. False Form 1099 Refund Claims

8. Frivolous Arguments –  listed here

9. Falsely Claiming Zero Wages

10. Abuse of Charitable Organizations and Deductions

11. Disguised Corporate Ownership

12. Misuse of Trusts

 

  

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Clients who fall for tax scams…

Posted by taxguru on September 27, 2011

Anyone who has been in this business for any length of time has had to decide how to handle clients who fall for illegal tax evasion scams.  If they won’t listen to our advice and steer clear of the scams, we have no choice but to cease working with those clients because our acceptance of their involvement in the scams could very easily blow back on us as their tax preparers.  It’s happened to us on several occasions.

This article from Forbes has an interesting look at a case where a CPA may have stuck with his misguided clients for too long and even helped the IRS make a strong criminal case against them.

Can a CPA Bury his Client by Trying to Save Him ?

Thanks to ishade.com for the lead on this.

TaxCoach Software: Are you giving your clients what they really want?

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Anything is legal if the government does it…

Posted by taxguru on September 19, 2011

From Blog Comix

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Telling it like it is…

Posted by taxguru on September 8, 2011

One good thing about the current group of presidential wannabes is the growing public acknowledgment of the Ponzi Scheme nature of the Social Security system.  The harder next step is actually doing something about it.

Rush had a good discussion about this on today’s show, including the point that, unlike Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi Scheme, which was voluntary to participate in, Social Security is mandatory, with the IRS’s guns at our heads to enforce participation.

From Blog Pix

 

Social Security’s monstrous lie

 

 

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