WASHINGTON — Aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents remain a major threat to taxpayers, but now the IRS is receiving new reports of scammers calling under the guise of verifying tax return information over the phone.Read More
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Due to an error, taxpayers are receiving Identity Protection PIN letters with an incorrect year listed. Taxpayers and tax professionals should be advised the IP PIN listed on the CP 01A Notice dated January 4, 2016 is valid for use on all...Read More
WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service issued the 2016 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.
Beginning on Jan. 1, 2016, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be:
Be wary of charities with names that are similar to familiar or nationally known organizations. Some phony charities use names or websites that sound or look like those of respected, legitimate organizations. IRS.gov has a search feature, Exempt Organizations Select Check, which allows people to find legitimate, qualified charities to which donations may be tax-deductible.
Don’t give out personal financial information, such as Social Security numbers or passwords to anyone who solicits a contribution from you.Read More
A nationwide phone scam that took off at the end of last year isn't slowing down, says the IRS and Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. By August, over 90,000 complaints had been received, and it's believed that more than 1,100 victims have lost around $5 million. The IRS shares warning signs, explaining that it never:
- Asks for credit card, debit card, or prepaid card info over the phone.
- Insists that taxpayers use a specific payment method
- Requests immediate payment over the phone.
- Takes enforcement action immediately following a phone conversation.
- Initiates contact with taxpayers via email or other electronic communications to request personal or financial information.