Combating Tax Identity Theft: The IRS and the Taxpayer

Taxes Due Reminder

*Originally posted March 13, 2017. Updated February 28, 2020.*

Tax season, fraud, theft – oh my! 

Tax season is a notoriously stressful time. Between filling out the forms, paying taxes or waiting for refunds, the tax-filing process can seem endless.

What’s more concerning is that tax season is a holiday for identity thieves. Tax fraud and tax identity theft continue to be a significant problem for both the tax administration and American taxpayers alike. Whether it’s through data breaches, phishing emails, scams or simple social engineering tactics, criminals hope to obtain enough of your sensitive information so that they can fraudulently file your taxes before you do. Continue reading

My Business Has a Credit Score?

Business Credit Score Gauge pointed at Excellent

*Originally posted August 24, 2018. Updated February 18, 2020.*

What is business credit? 

When’s the last time you checked your business credit score? If you’ve never checked it before, you’re not alone – nearly half of small business owners don’t even know they have one. 

Like personal credit, business credit is used to determine a business’ borrowing and lending abilities. It’ll be checked when you apply for business loans or when other companies want to ensure you are financially reliable before doing business with you. 

Small to mid-size business owners (SMBs) often make the mistake of assuming business credit is the same as personal credit. But, without understanding the key differences between the two, you could be putting your business’ overall security and reputation at risk. 

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Want to Keep Your Small Business Going Strong? Avoid Tax Identity Theft

*Originally posted March 21, 2016. Updated December 30, 2019*

As the calendar turns to another year, businesses and individuals will soon be facing the inevitability of yet another tax season. And, while filing taxes isn’t something entirely avoidable, the risk of business tax identity theft can easily be minimized. According to the IRS Security Summit, businesses small and large are ideal targets for data thieves every tax season due to their abundance of personal information that can be used to file fraudulent returns. With ever-changing tax reform and regulations, it may be hard for your company to keep up processes while ensuring all sensitive documents are secure. Stick to the following tax preparation tips to avoid letting business tax identity theft wreak havoc on your business: Continue reading

Filed for a Tax Extension? You’re Still at Risk of Fraud

If you are one of the millions of taxpayers who have filed for a tax extension in 2019, the October 15th deadline is just around the corner. Fraudsters may have attempted to steal your identity and tax information throughout the year using a number of IRS tax fraud scams, and filing for an extension leaves you vulnerable to tax fraud for an extended amount of time. Keep an eye out for signs you are a victim of tax identity theft and take the appropriate steps to protect your tax information. Continue reading