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'Tis the Season: W-2 Phishing Scams Likely to Resurface After the New Year

by Murtha Cullina on

W-2 phishing season is just a few weeks away. For the past several tax seasons, cyber criminals have duped hundreds of payroll departments into providing W-2 information on their employees, which results in the filing of...more

Income, from Whatever Exchange, Mine, or Fork Derived: The Basics of U.S. Cryptocurrency Taxation

by Proskauer - Tax Talks on

In this first of (we hope) many posts on the interesting and myriad tax issues arising in the world of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology, we focus on the very basic U.S. federal income tax consequences of...more

Federal Employment Taxes: Employee-Independent Contractor Issues (Part 3)

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

IRS Form SS-8 Determinations of Employee Status - Employers that have workers which the employer classifies as “independent contractors” (Form 1099) risk having these workers reclassified by the IRS as “employees.” This...more

Celebrate National Tax Security Awareness Week!

by Snell & Wilmer on

While it may be better known as “Cyber Monday”, today also marks the start of the second annual National Tax Security Awareness Week (November 27 to December 1). The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the tax...more

Federal Employment Taxes: Penalties and Interest (Part 2)

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

Employers that pay wages and other forms of compensation to their employees must comply with federal tax return filing and payment/deposit requirement. Employers that receive services from non-employee contractors and which...more

IRS Takes Measures To Curb Business Identity Theft

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The IRS is putting an increased emphasis on identity theft protections for business returns as a result of an increase in fraudulent business tax returns in recent years. The IRS will be asking tax professionals to gather...more

Tax Planning Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: Flow-Throughs Are the Answer to Everything

by Proskauer - Tax Talks on

The tax reform bills introduced in the House of Representatives and the Senate dramatically reduce the corporate tax rate from 35% to 20% and create added incentives for taxpayers to invest capital into U.S. businesses with...more

Federal Employment Taxes: Filing and Payment Requirements for Employers (Part 1)

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

Employers that pay wages and other forms of compensation to their employees must comply with federal tax return filing and payment/deposit requirement. Employers that receive services from non-employee contractors and make...more

A Time to Remember that Employer-Provider Data Breach Benefits are not Taxable

by Snell & Wilmer on

Hardly a week goes by without another announcement of a high-profile data security breach. The list of data breaches impacting high-profile employers and their employees just in 2017 is long...more

IRS Warns Of Resurgence Of W-2 Email Scams

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The Internal Revenue Service has issued a renewed warning for tax professionals and businesses to beware of a recent increase in email scams targeting employee Forms W-2. According to the IRS, the W-2 scam – called business...more

IRS Asks Employers to Report Phishing Schemes

Every tax season seems to bring with it new attempts by criminals to fraudulently obtain tax refunds. One popular “phishing” scheme involves fraudulent emails that appear to be from a company executive seeking personal...more

IRS Warns Employers of Dangerous Email Scam

by Snell & Wilmer on

The IRS has recently warned employers of another scam targeting employee information. The IRS has learned that scammers are posing as internal executives and are requesting Forms W-2 and Social Security Numbers from payroll...more

Virginia Responds to W-2 Phishing Scams with First of Its Kind Notification Requirement

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

As previously highlighted, in early February, the IRS issued a warning to all employers regarding the resurgence of a W-2 based cyber scam. Since the IRS warning, this type of scam has taken numerous victims. On February 15,...more

IRS Warns Schools of Dangerous Email Scam

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

On March 28, 2017, the IRS warned schools, universities, government entities and tax exempt organizations of a dangerous email scam currently circulating nationwide and targeting employers. According to the IRS, the scammer...more

February 2017: Client Alert

by Moskowitz LLP on

Tax Calendar - February 28 - Payers must file informational returns with the IRS. (Except certain Forms 1099-MISC with non-employee compensation payments in box 7, which are due before February 1. Excluding...more

IRS will not Quit

by Foodman CPAs & Advisors on

Voluntary compliance is the foundation of our US tax system. Taxpayers determine the correct amount of their tax and complete appropriate returns, rather than the Government determine their tax for them. According to the...more

It's W-2 Phishing Season: How to Stop, and Respond to, Tax-Related Identity Fraud Aimed at Your Organization's Employees

by Littler on

HR and payroll professionals nationwide have been, and will continue to be, targeted with e-mails apparently sent by a senior executive but actually sent by scammers who ask for a prompt reply with the 2016 W-2s for all of...more

American Senior Communities Suffers W-2 Scam

W-2 phishing schemes continue to be a problem for companies in every industry. Last week, American Senior Communities based in Indiana announced that one of its employees was scammed through a phishing email and thereafter...more

Let's Go Phishing!

by Fisher Phillips on

Emails, lots and lots of emails, filling our inboxes. Even with the best security and filters, it seems that hackers are simply building better mousetraps. The bigger problem, however, is the trusting nature of individuals...more

W2 Phishing Scam Hits Citizens Memorial Hospital

We continue to see all industries hit with W2 phishing scams, including the health care industry. Citizens Memorial Hospital, located in Bolivar, Missouri, was hit with the scam when one of its employees believed that an...more

Don’t Get Hooked! W-2 Phishing Scams on the Rise During Tax Season

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Tax season can be a trying time of the year for any employer, but even more so now. As HR Departments across the country are working hard to distribute W-2 forms to employees, cybercriminals are using increasingly...more

Train Your Team: Protect Personally Identifiable Information From a Widespread Phishing Scam

Every January 31, employers scramble to meet the deadline for mailing W-2 forms to their employees. This year, a new iteration of an old W-2 phishing scam surfaced immediately thereafter....more

ALERT: Beware of W-2 Scam!

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Our Data Privacy and Security team is currently assisting multiple clients in responding to nearly identical fraudulent requests for IRS Form W-2 information. Significantly, these clients are in a number of industries and are...more

Keeping Your Company’s Data Safe This Tax Season

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Tax-related identity theft is nothing new, but tax season 2016 took tax schemes to a new level. Last year, our cyber experts advised a large cluster of clients (public and private companies) over a period of only two...more

Protecting Employee Information From W-2 Phishing Scams

by Davis Brown Law Firm on

The IRS recently provided an update on a growing scam targeting employers. The scam generally operates as follows: criminals devise methods to create emails that appear as though the message has been sent from an...more

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