Combating Tax Identity Theft: The IRS and the Taxpayer

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.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has made great strides to improve its fraud and identity theft detection methods. Last year, the IRS caught 787,000 confirmed tax identity theft returns from entering its systems. But, fraudsters continue to find ways around these protocols, warranting increased vigilance on both the tax industry and the individual taxpayer. In short, criminals want your tax returns just as much as you do – and they’ll do anything they can to get them. Continue reading

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

Business Tax Identity Theft_March 2016

Among life’s inevitabilities, taxes are firmly planted — with income taxes becoming a permanent fixture in the U.S. in 1913. It was then that the 16th Amendment to the Constitution was created, giving Congress legal authority to tax the incomes of both individuals and businesses. 

With that single requirement grew many guidelines (updated regularly by the Internal Revenue Service) — along with numerous tax-related risks that could threaten to close your business, tax identity theft tops the list. Dealing with this profusion of factors can seem chaotic to any small business owner. But while taxes are inevitable, business tax identity theft doesn’t have to be. Stick to these tax basics to avoid business tax identity theft from wreaking havoc on your small business.  Continue reading

The Six Simple Secrets for Preventing Tax Identity Theft

How to Prevent Tax Identity Theft

Tax identity theft is a growing concern. And with filing season upon us, you may find yourself a little on edge — for good reason. 

The IRS anticipates losing $21 billion to fraudulently filed tax returns in 2016, up from $5.8 billion just two years prior. Why such steep growth? Because thieves are realizing that this rather lucrative scheme takes relatively little effort to execute.

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