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Re: IRS & Income Tax Advice
« Reply #345 on: March 23, 2015, 05:54:55 PM »
Ffffffffffffffuuuuuuuu..........
We owe a crap ton this year. We expected we would owe (since I'm self employed) but it was almost double what we were planning/fearing.


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Re: IRS & Income Tax Advice
« Reply #346 on: April 07, 2015, 04:21:39 PM »
If you have a problem with your taxes or refund and you need to talk to an IRS rep, expect to be on hold anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour (or more) before you reach a rep ::)


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Re: IRS & Income Tax Advice
« Reply #347 on: May 26, 2015, 03:55:46 PM »
Oh Yay..
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Hackers stole personal information from 104,000 taxpayers, IRS says

May 26 at 5:08 PM

AP

Hackers gained access to personal information of 104,000 taxpayers this spring, downloading an online service the Internal Revenue Service uses to give Americans access to their past tax returns, the agency said Tuesday.

The information included several years’ worth of returns and other tax information on file with the IRS, Commissioner John Koskinen said in a press conference. The thieves hacked into a system called “Get Transcript,” clearing a security screen that requires users to know the taxpayer’s Social Security number, date of birth, address and tax filing status.

Those who successfully downloaded the transcripts gained access to information from prior years’ tax returns that could be used to file fraudulent tax returns that more closely resemble those of legitimate taxpayers, officials said. Koskinen said the system, which has temporarily been shut down, was targeted from February through mid-May.
 

“To get these, our criminals already had to have personal identifiers available and personal information for each taxpayer,” Koskinen said, calling the breach a “modified form” of the identify theft that has plagued the IRS in recent years.

He said the criminals were able to use the information to submit fraudulent tax returns. Fewer than 15,000 of these fraudulent returns were processed this tax season, costing the IRS about $50 million, officials said.

In all, the hackers made about 200,000 attempts to access “Get Transcript” from questionable e-mail domains. About half were successful, clearing hurdles requiring authentication. About 23 million transcripts of past tax returns are legitimately downloaded each filing season, officials said.

The IRS is notifying taxpayers whose information was accessed. The agency’s information technology team noticed an unusual amount of activity in the “Get Transcript” application and became suspicious, Koskinen said.

He stressed that the hackers are most likely sophisticated criminals.

“We’re confident that these are not amateurs but organized crime syndicates that not only we, but others in the financial industry are dealing with,” he said.

Tax returns include a slew of personal details. Many taxpayers download them when they apply for mortgages or loans.

Koskinen said the incident was probably not related to a spike in suspicious tax filings  this year, which raised red flags for the IRS state tax authorities, which saw fraud jump by as much as 3700 percent. Some state tax officials mentioned that criminals appeared to have information from prior tax returns, which made the fraud more difficult to catch. Intuit, the maker of TurboTax, temporarily halted the transmission of state tax returns while it investigated. The fraud grabbed the attention of the FBI, Congress and other regulators, which launched probes into the fraud.

[Who’s to blame when fraudsters use TurboTax to steal refunds?]

Some identity theft victims have sued Intuit, claiming that poor security measures contributed to a surge in tax fraud this year and arguing that the company could have done more to protect their personal information. Richard McCune, a lawyer representing the taxpayers, said his firm would seek class-action status down the line to represent other tax victims.

After the incident, Intuit rolled out additional security measures such as multi-step authentication, which is intended to make it harder for people to take over customers’ accounts by requiring users to enter a code when they sign on to their accounts from a new computer or mobile device.

In March, the IRS called on state tax officials and major tax preparation companies to help come up with fixes that could be rolled out by next tax season. Intuit, which  has called for industry-wide standards, said in a statement Tuesday night that “this episode reinforces the strategic urgency of the IRS Security Summit process which Commissioner Koskinen has been vigorously leading this year, and which we strongly support.”


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Re: IRS & Income Tax Advice
« Reply #348 on: May 27, 2015, 08:25:57 AM »
Statement from the IRS..
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IRS Statement on the "Get Transcript" Application


The IRS announced today that criminals used taxpayer-specific data acquired from non-IRS sources to gain unauthorized access to information on approximately 100,000 tax accounts through IRS’ “Get Transcript” application. This data included Social Security information, date of birth and street address.

These third parties gained sufficient information from an outside source before trying to access the IRS site, which allowed them to clear a multi-step authentication process, including several personal verification questions that typically are only known by the taxpayer. The matter is under review by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration as well as the IRS’ Criminal Investigation unit, and the “Get Transcript” application has been shut down temporarily. The IRS will provide free credit monitoring services for the approximately 100,000 taxpayers whose accounts were accessed. In total, the IRS has identified 200,000 total attempts to access data and will be notifying all of these taxpayers about the incident.

As always, the IRS takes the security of taxpayer data extremely seriously, and we are working aggressively to protect affected taxpayers and continue to strengthen our protocols.

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The IRS announced today it will be notifying taxpayers after third parties gained unauthorized access to information on about 100,000 accounts through the “Get Transcript” online application.

The IRS determined late last week that unusual activity had taken place on the application, which indicates that unauthorized third parties had access to some accounts on the transcript application. Following an initial review, it appears that access was gained to more than 100,000 accounts through the Get Transcript application.

In this sophisticated effort, third parties succeeded in clearing a multi-step authentication process that required prior personal knowledge about the taxpayer, including Social Security information, date of birth, tax filing status and street address before accessing IRS systems. The multi-layer process also requires an additional step, where applicants must correctly answer several personal identity verification questions that typically are only known by the taxpayer.

The IRS temporarily shut down the Get Transcript application last week after an initial assessment identified questionable attempts were detected on the system in mid-May. The online application will remain disabled until the IRS makes modifications and further strengthens security for it.

The matter is under continuing review by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration and IRS offices, including Criminal Investigation.

The IRS notes this issue does not involve its main computer system that handles tax filing submission; that system remains secure.

On the Get Transcript application, a further review by the IRS identified that these attempts were quite complex in nature and appear to have started in February and ran through mid-May. In all, about 200,000 attempts were made from questionable email domains, with more than 100,000 of those attempts successfully clearing authentication hurdles. During this filing season, taxpayers successfully and safely downloaded a total of approximately 23 million transcripts.

In addition, to disabling the Get Transcript application, the IRS has taken a number of immediate steps to protect taxpayers, including:

    Sending a letter to all of the approximately 200,000 taxpayers whose accounts had attempted unauthorized accesses, notifying them that third parties appear to have had access to taxpayer Social Security numbers and additional personal financial information from a non-IRS source before attempting to access the IRS transcript application. Although half of this group did not actually have their transcript account accessed because the third parties failed the authentication tests, the IRS is still taking an additional protective step to alert taxpayers. That’s because malicious actors acquired sensitive financial information from a source outside the IRS about these households that led to the attempts to access the transcript application.

    Offering free credit monitoring for the approximately 100,000 taxpayers whose Get Transcript accounts were accessed to ensure this information isn’t being used through other financial avenues. Taxpayers will receive specific instructions so they can sign up for the credit monitoring. The IRS emphasizes these outreach letters will not request any personal identification information from taxpayers. In addition, the IRS is marking the underlying taxpayer accounts on our core processing system to flag for potential identity theft to protect taxpayers going forward — both right now and in 2016.

These letters will be mailed out starting later this week and will include additional details for taxpayers about the credit monitoring and other steps. At this time, no action is needed by taxpayers outside these affected groups.

The IRS is continuing to conduct further reviews on those instances where the transcript application was accessed, including how many of these households filed taxes in 2015. It’s possible that some of these transcript accesses were made with an eye toward using them for identity theft for next year’s tax season.

The IRS emphasizes this incident involves one application involving transcripts — it does not involve other IRS systems, such as our core taxpayer accounts or other applications, such as Where’s My Refund.

The IRS will be working aggressively to protect affected taxpayers and strengthen our protocols even further going forward.


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Re: IRS & Income Tax Advice
« Reply #349 on: May 27, 2015, 05:13:16 PM »
My Russian serfs were hard at work.

All is going fiiiiiine

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Re: IRS & Income Tax Advice
« Reply #350 on: May 27, 2015, 05:26:46 PM »
My Russian serfs were hard at work.

All is going fiiiiiine

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Bad Bob, BAD! 8)


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Re: IRS & Income Tax Advice
« Reply #351 on: June 24, 2015, 08:37:03 AM »
Had a 'former' customer come by this morning for us to help him locate his SC state tax refund.. He went to a place in Charlotte using H&R Block's name and turns out his state refund was sent to their bank account and not forwarded to his personal account.
They are acting like they don't know where it is and we confirmed with the SC Dept. of Revenue that the money was sent to their company account back on Feb. 27.
Apparently other customers have been having problems with this place as they skim a percentage of customer's refunds for undisclosed reasons ???
Contacted my brother in law in Charlotte who's a Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Officer and it sounds like some sort of fraud may be going on but that it may be a civil matter..
He and I recommended that he get others together and call the police to file a report of theft and let them determine if they can handle it or if maybe they should get an attorney to sue the place.
Sounds like he'll be coming back to us for taxes next year ;D


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Re: IRS & Income Tax Advice
« Reply #352 on: June 24, 2015, 09:06:33 AM »
Poor customer...


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Re: IRS & Income Tax Advice
« Reply #353 on: June 24, 2015, 09:26:02 AM »
We're a struggling 'mom and pop' operation and been doing taxes for 14 years yet customers go elsewhere because they think they are getting a better deal or were not happy with the services we provided in the past..
It comes down to IRS rule changes every year and us competing against other 'predatory' practitioners and it's difficult to regain a client's trust when they have been deceived like this but we can only hope that word of mouth will bring clients back :-\


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Re: IRS & Income Tax Advice
« Reply #354 on: September 11, 2015, 10:13:24 AM »
Apparently there's a IRS phone scam making the rounds in town here so if it spreads to your area, know these facts:

A note about the IRS due to ongoing attempts of scams involving owed taxes. See www.irs.gov for more information.

The real IRS will not:
Call you to demand immediate payment. The IRS will not call you if you owe taxes without first sending you a bill in the mail.
Demand that you pay taxes and not allow you to question or appeal the amount that you owe.
Require that you pay your taxes a certain way. For instance, require that you pay with a prepaid debit card.
Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
Threaten to bring in police or other agencies to arrest you for not paying.
If you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to think that you do:
Do not provide any information to the caller. Hang up immediately.
Contact the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. Use TIGTA’s “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” web page to report the incident.
You should also report it to the Federal Trade Commission. Use the “FTC Complaint Assistant” on FTC.gov. Please add "IRS Telephone Scam" in the notes.
If you know you owe, or think you may owe taxes:
Call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS workers can help you if you do owe taxes.


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Re: IRS & Income Tax Advice
« Reply #355 on: September 11, 2015, 10:15:17 AM »
Has that been happening for a few years now?  I always seem to be hearing about it on the news.  And why do people continue to fall for it?


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Re: IRS & Income Tax Advice
« Reply #356 on: September 11, 2015, 10:22:31 AM »
Has that been happening for a few years now?  I always seem to be hearing about it on the news.  And why do people continue to fall for it?
Yes. The IRS has made some changes and closed loop-holes where people were filing for dependents that didn't meet the child tax credit requirements and more people seem to owe now than before so they start getting letters from the IRS trying to collect on the taxes they owe but may not be responding to them to set up a payment plan, and then a scammer by chance calls them acting like they work for the IRS making threats of arrest and seizure of property hoping to get a payment by debit or credit over the phone, thus making things worse for the victim :-X


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Re: IRS & Income Tax Advice
« Reply #357 on: February 17, 2016, 03:27:24 PM »
News Flash:
If you try to do taxes with a W-2 that is not yours, That's Fraud!
Just threw a Latino customer out of our office wanting to do taxes with a W-2 that belonged to someone with an Arabic/Indian sounding name ::)


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Re: IRS & Income Tax Advice
« Reply #358 on: February 17, 2016, 03:34:39 PM »
Awwww, that poor person had no idea they were adopted, now you've ruined everything!  >:D


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Re: IRS & Income Tax Advice
« Reply #359 on: February 17, 2016, 03:37:28 PM »
Awwww, that poor person had no idea they were adopted, now you've ruined everything!  >:D
HA! Welcome to Murica  8)