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Lots and Lots of Scam E-mails this Year

By | February 5th, 2016|Categories: Editorial Commentary|Tags: |

Con artists are using e-mail seemingly more than ever this year, at least in my anecdotal experience. And it seems like tax pros are being targeted now, too.

Another Example of a Tax Scam E-Mail

By | May 1st, 2013|Categories: Potpourri of Tax Topics|Tags: |

Here's another example of a tax scam e-mail. Remember, the IRS never corresponds with taxpayers by e-mail.

IRS Alert – Two E-mail Scams Going Around

By | November 8th, 2011|Categories: Potpourri of Tax Topics|Tags: |

The IRS is warning taxpayers about two new e-mail scams that are showing up in people's inboxes.  Remember, the IRS does not contact taxpayers by e-mail, so if you get an e-mail claiming to be from the IRS, THE IRS DIDN"T SEND IT.  I have included the text of both scam e-mails below.  Note that all [...]

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14 Indicted in K.C. Tax Refund Scam

By | September 23rd, 2011|Categories: Potpourri of Tax Topics|Tags: , , , |

A tax scam in the Kansas City area is ending poorly for 14 people who have been indicted for allegedly defrauding the federal government out of millions of dollars in false tax refunds.  The ringleader of the scam was Gerald A. Poynter II, who also goes by the nickname "Brother Jerry Love."  The Kansas City Star [...]

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If You Have to Keep it a Secret, It Probably Doesn’t Work

By | September 13th, 2011|Categories: Potpourri of Tax Topics|Tags: , , , |

Two Californians who called themselves "professional astrologers" have been barred from setting up trusts for clients.  The U.S. District Court ruling comes after the pair were accused of promoting tax fraud.  They had their clients sign an "oath of privacy" that prohibited the clients from disclosing information to the IRS.  Joe Kristan at the Tax Update [...]

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