Tax Fraud

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Tax Day Brings Barrage of Criminal Tax Charges and Warnings

With “Tax Day” upon us, the Justice Department’s Tax Division and U.S. Attorney’s Offices around the country have unleashed an avalanche of press releases warning would-be tax cheats of the severe criminal and civil...more

With April 18 Just Days Away, DOJ’s Tax Division Warns Would-Be Tax Cheats

With “Tax Day” fast approaching, the Justice Department’s Tax Division has issued a stern warning of its own to taxpayers thinking of cheating on their taxes. In a press release entitled “Justice Department Reminds Taxpayers...more

As Tax Day Approaches, Justice Department and IRS Increase Intensity of Public Warnings

It is well-known that the Justice Department and Internal Revenue Service increase the frequency and intensity of their press releases announcing tax charges as “Tax Day” approaches (which is April 18 this year), so as to...more

Phishing Season Opens for 2016 Tax Filings – Beware of “W-2 Phishing Scams”

Tax season brings many headaches, but none as miserable as sophisticated scammer efforts to steal employee W-2 information. Using social engineering and modest technological tools, a “spear phishing” attack seeks to trick...more

Tidewater Community College hit with phishing scam exposing data of 3,193 employees

Tidewater Community College (Tidewater) has announced that the personal information, including names and Social Security numbers of 3,193 current and former faculty and staff members was compromised in a phishing scheme and...more

Privacy Tip #28 – What do you do if you are a victim of IRS tax fraud?

It’s tax season. The dreaded April 15 federal tax filing deadline is looming. You try to be diligent, and you file your tax return early, hoping to get an early refund. But when you try to e-file your return, it gets rejected...more

No April Fool's Joke: New Scam Targeting HR And Payroll

An unfortunate number of employers have recently fallen victim to a phishing scam that tricks them into disclosing highly sensitive employee information to unknown third parties. Make sure to warn your Human Resources and...more

How Employers Can Help Prevent W-2's From Being Breached and Their Employees From Becoming Victims of ID Theft

The Internal Revenue Service issued an alert about an emerging phishing email scheme that purports to be from company executives and requests personal information on employees. The IRS has learned this scheme – part of...more

Spear Phishing E-mail Scheme Surges For W-2 Forms

In the midst of this tax season, a number of companies have fallen victim to the latest spear phishing e-mail scheme, resulting in the unauthorized disclosure of their employees’ W-2 information and learning the hard lesson...more

"IRS Issues Alert on Phishing Scheme to Obtain Payroll Data"

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued an alert regarding a phishing email scheme in which cybercriminals pose as governmental officials or company executives and request employee payroll and tax data, including...more

Gavel to Gavel: Tax-refund fraud – a growing problem

As tax season is now upon us, taxpayers should know that tax-refund fraud is increasingly occurring. This kind of fraud happens when someone uses a stolen Social Security number to file a fraudulent tax return and obtain...more

Fraud Alert: Computer Hackers Target HR and Payroll Departments – Guard Your W-2s!

Have you by chance recently received an email from your company’s CEO requesting copies of employee W-2 forms? If so, don’t respond without first verbally confirming that the request is legitimate. Several of our clients in...more

Don’t Get Phished! Hackers Pose as CEOs to Steal Tax Information from HR and Payroll Professionals at Healthcare Organizations

Every tax season is plagued with scams to defraud individuals and companies for money from tax returns. However, this year has started off with a bang and this means that the healthcare industry has another reason to worry....more

IRS (Temporarily?) Halts IPPIN Application Process

I have previously written about the IPPIN program that the IRS offers many taxpayers as a way to prevent tax-related identity fraud. Unfortunately, the IRS has halted the application process for now. On its website,...more

IRS approved tax preparers fail to protect consumers’ privacy and IRS increases the number of individuals affected by filing of...

In a report of an audit of 13 IRS approved tax filing firms, Online Trust Alliance found that six of the 13 firms do not provide adequate security against cyberintrusions. The firms, all members of the IRS’s Free File...more

Justice Department Opens 2016 Tax Season With Stern Warning to Taxpayers

The Internal Revenue Service announced that the 2016 individual income tax filing season opened on January 19, 2016, with more than 150 million returns expected to be filed. The IRS expects more than 70 percent of taxpayers...more

Tax season may bring more breaches; new victim, TaxAct

This tax season, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has been working closely with big tax preparation vendors and chains to improve the security this year and safeguard against widespread identity theft. The IRS is now...more

IRS Taxpayer Advocate Releases 2015 Annual Report to Congress

Today, the Internal Revenue Service’s National Taxpayer Advocate, Nina E. Olson, released her annual report to Congress. The Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) is an independent organization within the IRS that is dedicated to...more

IRS says taxpayers can’t sue it for data breach

The Internal Revenue Service recently requested a federal judge in the D.C. Circuit to dismiss a putative class action suit by taxpayers against the IRS for a data breach earlier this year that affected over 330,000...more

Identity Theft Victims Can Now Get a Copy of Fraudulently Filed Returns

Many taxpayers, upon filing (or trying to file electronically) their income tax return, hear back that the IRS has already received a filed return for them. Typically, this is due to a fraudulent return filed using the...more

Yes, Those Emails are Tax Phishing Scams

We were alerted yesterday that some individuals had received fake emails informing the recipient that he/she had received an Interac email money transfer (i.e., a surprise refund). The emails arrive with the subject line...more

New York’s Top Court Denies Sprint’s Bid to Dismiss Tax Fraud Suit

The New York Court of Appeal ruled on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 that Sprint must face a $390 million tax fraud suit brought by New York Attorney General (AG) Eric Schneiderman, finding that the state’s tax law applies to...more

Strong Commentary From Washington Regarding IRS Budget Cuts

As reported in previous blog posts (January 17, 2014, January 21, 2014, and January 20, 2015), federal budget setbacks continue to severely impact the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) and its ability to carry out its lofty...more

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 6, Issue 10

State Tax Department Releases Draft Article 9-A Nexus Regulations Under Corporate Tax Reform - The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance has released draft amendments to the Article 9-A corporate franchise...more

Senate Legislation Seeks To Protect Taxpayer Data In Response To IRS Data Breach

On September 11, 2015, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced a bill aimed at combating identity theft and tax rebate fraud. The legislation comes as the Internal...more

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