The IRS warns taxpayers of several scams that are making the rounds as 2016 draws to a close. Perpetrators of fraud use the telephone, email and traditional mail to try to scam unsuspecting people out of their money or personal information. Continue reading
The Internal Revenue Service will be turning over the collection of certain overdue federal tax debts to private collection agencies. Starting this spring, the IRS will be assigning some accounts that it’s no longer working on itself to four private contractors: CBE Group of Cedar Falls, Iowa; Conserve of Fairport, New York; Performant of Livermore, California; and Pioneer of Horseheads, New York. Continue reading
The best way to help victims of the natural disasters like the Kokomo tornadoes or the catastrophic Baton Rouge flooding is to contribute financially to a reputable charity. The American Red Cross estimates flood recovery efforts will cost nearly $30 million. As of Monday they had only received $7.8 million in donations and pledges. Red Cross volunteers are already in central Indiana providing emergency services in the aftermath of yesterday’s tornadoes.
Scammers are increasingly turning to “robo-calls,” in an effort to get fake tax payments. The Internal Revenue Service is reporting an increase in the number of scams taking the form of automated phone calls. Continue reading
To help keep taxpayers’ personal information secure, the Internal Revenue Service is now focusing its efforts on tax professionals. The IRS says tax preparers are increasingly being targeted by cyber criminals, so they’re urging them to take the necessary steps to protect their clients from data theft. Continue reading
Those looking to help the victims of the recent mass-shooting in Orlando are urged to beware of possible fake charity scams. The Internal Revenue Service says it’s common for scammers to take advantage of people’s generosity following these types of events. Continue reading
The Internal Revenue Service is warning taxpayers about another phone scam, this one targeting students. A caller claiming to be from the IRS demands payment for a “Federal Student Tax,” threatening to report students to the police if they don’t wire money immediately. Not only are these scammers not from the IRS, the “Federal Student Tax” doesn’t even exist. Continue reading
The Internal Revenue Service is now offering taxpayers the option to pay in cash at 7-Eleven locations. The IRS says it’s partnering with ACI Worldwide’s OfficialPayments.com and the PayNearMe Company to provide the service. It lets people make payments without the need of a bank account or credit card at over 7,000 7-Eleven stores nationwide, including locations in South Bend, Mishawaka, and Griffith. Continue reading
Scammers are now taking a more polite approach in their efforts to steal personal and financial information. That’s according to the Internal Revenue Service. In the last few weeks, the IRS has been getting reports of a phone scam, in which callers pretend to verify tax return information. Continue reading
Scammers looking to steal personal and financial information are now targeting payroll departments this tax season. The Internal Revenue Service says scammers are sending out e-mails to payroll and human resources professionals claiming to be their company’s CEO. Continue reading
If you need help preparing your taxes, the Internal Revenue Service has issued a reminder that there are some free resources available. Continue reading
Authorities in LaPorte say a 63-year-old woman lost nearly $5,500 in an IRS phone scam. She told police she received several telephone calls from a number with a 916 area code but did not answer them. Continue reading
Tax refund fraud is predicted to soar again this year. The Internal Revenue Service expects it to reach $21 billion. Now that tax filing season is here, Hoosiers and taxpayers across the country are getting calls from scammers claiming to be with the IRS. Mandla Moyo with AARP Indiana says such scammers prey on people’s fears and count on the fact they will take an official-sounding telephone call seriously. Continue reading
The Internal Revenue Service is warning taxpayers to be on the lookout for tax scams as filing season gets underway. These include phishing scams where criminals send emails while posing as banks, tax software companies, or government agencies, in order to get money, passwords, or social security numbers. Continue reading
Starke County residents may be able to get some free help preparing this year’s income taxes. The Henry F. Schricker Public Library in Knox is hosting a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Continue reading
The Internal Revenue Service is looking to help more middle income households file their tax returns for free.
This year, the Free File Alliance and the IRS have re-launched the Free File program. For 2016, there are 13 tax software providers that have made their federal tax return products available for free.
With tax season approaching, Indiana State Police are warning residents to be on the lookout for phone scams. Callers claiming to be from the IRS but often having foreign accents tell residents they may face a lawsuit or imprisonment if they don’t immediately send money for what they say is a delinquent tax bill. Then, they demand personal information to try to steal the recipient’s identity. Continue reading
If you’re still planning on making some year-end gifts to charity, the IRS has some tips for properly deducting them from this year’s taxes. Continue reading