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Friday, December 11, 2015

TechnoGranny Talks, Beware the New Dirty Dozen of Income Tax Scams

TechnoGrannyShow™, Beware the New Dirty Dozen of Income Tax Scams

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Episode Notes: When was the last time that the IRS called you? Never unless you call them first! Yet countless Americans are receiving ominous, disconcerting "phone calls" from the Internal Revenue Service, and when you call back, they answer "Internal Revenue Service" They answer, live voice, dead giveaway for anyone who has dealt with the IRS or any other government agency, pushing phone buttons for various departments after listening to lengthy instructions.| Techno Granny's guest today, John Pournaras, Tax Accountant, will enlighten listeners today about the various "popular" scams for 2015 and some that have been around for a while.| While he is on, we may also convince him to give some tips to prepare to file your 2015 taxes.| I know you are saying, "Just let me get through the holidays!" Okay so download this #podcast and save it for after New Year's and by all means pass it on to your friends so they can be wary of the New Dirty Dozen of Tax Scams for this tax year. 
Start Time (EDT): 12/08/15 11:00 AM EST

John Pournaras (The Outrageous Accountant) comes from a family who has been in the Tax and Accounting business for over 65 years.  He has been active in saving taxpayers money with stress free filing. John has been interviewed by Darieth Chisolm on Hustle and Heart TV (Episode 24), The
Monday Morning Marketer and is a return guest on the TechnoGranny Show. John is the originator of the much heralded Tax Pro TV™.  John's passion is keeping the IRS off your back and out of your pocket!

 The New Dirty Dozen Tax Scams

·        Excessive claims for Fuel Tax Credits
Tax payers should watch out for improper claims for fuel tax credits. IR-2015-21
·        Fake Charities
Be wary of charities or groups posing masquerading as charitable organization to attract donations from unsuspecting contributors
·        Unscrupulous return preparers that will not sign their name as a preparer.
  •  Phishing
  • Phishing is a tax scam typically carried out with the help of unsolicited email or a fake website that poses as a legitimate site to lure in potential victims and prompt them to provide valuable personal and financial information. Armed with this information, a criminal can commit identity theft or financial theft. If you receive an unsolicited email that appears to be from either the IRS or an organization closely linked to the IRS, such as the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS), report it by sending it to
  • It is important to keep in mind the IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information. This includes any type of electronic communication, such as text messages and social media channels. The IRS has information that can help you protect yourself from email scams.

Phishing and Other Schemes Using the IRS Name
The IRS periodically alerts taxpayers to, and maintains a list of, phishing schemes using the IRS name, logo or Web site clone. If you've received an e-mail, phone call or fax claiming to come from the IRS that seemed a little suspicious, you just may find it on this list.

·        Frivolous Tax Arguments
Using frivolous arguments to avoid paying taxes
·        Falsifying Income to Claim Tax Credits
They are on guard against erroneously claim tax credits is on the list.
·        Abusing Tax Shelters
Abusive tax shelters and structures to avoid paying taxes
·        Filing fake Documents to Hide Income
Hiding taxable income by filing false 1099’s or other fake documents is a tax scam
·        Hiding Money or Income Offshore
Hiding money or assets in unreported offshore accounts
·        Return preparer Fraud
Inflated Refund Claims

Beware unscrupulous tax preparers pushing inflated tax refund claims. Taxpayers should be wary of anyone who asks them to sign a blank return, promising them a big refund before looking at your records or changes fees based on a percentage of the refund.

News Releases

·        IR-2015-99, IRS Warns Taxpayers to Guard Against New Tricks by Scam Artists; Losses Top $20
·        IR-2015-31, IRS Warns Tax Preparers to Watch out for New Phishing Scam; Don’t Click on Strange Emails or Links Seeking Updated Information
·        IR-2015-6, Phishing Remains on the IRS “Dirty Dozen” List of Tax Scams for the 2015 Filing Season
·        IR-2014-81, IRS Repeats Warning about Phone Scams
·        IR-2014-53, IRS Reiterates Warning of Pervasive Telephone Scam
·        IR-2014-39, IRS Warns of New Email Phishing Scheme Falsely Claiming to be from the Taxpayer Advocate Service
·        IR-2014-16, IRS Releases the “Dirty Dozen” Tax Scams for 2014; Identity Theft, Phone Scams Lead List
·        IR-2013-84, IRS Warns of Pervasive Telephone Scam
·        IR-2013-17, IRS Intensifies National Crackdown on Identity Theft; Part of Wider Effort to Protect Taxpayers, Prevent Refund Fraud
·        IR-2013-3, National Taxpayer Advocate Delivers Annual Report to Congress; Focuses on Tax Reform, IRS Funding and Identity Theft
·        IR-2012-29, Tax Scam Warning: Beware of Phony Refund Scheme Abusing Popular College Tax Credit; Senior Citizens, Working Families and Church Members Are Targets
·        IR-2012-23, IRS Releases the Dirty Dozen Tax Scams for 2012
·        IR-2011-73, IRS Urges Taxpayers to Avoid Becoming Victims of Tax Scams
·        IR-2009-71, IRS Alerts Public to New Identity Theft Scams
·        IR-2008-11, IRS Warns of New E-Mail and Telephone Scams Using the IRS Name; Advance Payment Scams Starting
·        IR-2007-183, IRS Warns of E-Mail Scam Soliciting Donations to California Wildfire Victims
·        IR-2007-148, IRS Warns of New E-mail Scam Offering Cash for Participation in “Member Satisfaction Survey”
·        IR-2007-109, IRS Warns Taxpayers of New E-mail Scams
·        IR-2007-75, IRS Warns of Phony e-Mails Claiming to Come from the IRS
·        IR-2006-116, Electronic Federal Tax Payment System Cited in New E-mail Scam
·        IR-2006-104, IRS Renews E-mail Alert Following New Scams
·        IR-2006-49, IRS Establishes e-Mail Box for Taxpayers to Report Phony e-Mails

A Cautionary Word

  • If you know you owe taxes or you think you might owe taxes, call the IRS at 1.800.829.1040. The IRS employees at that line can help you with a payment issue, if there really is such an issue.
  • If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to think that you owe any taxes (for example, you’ve never received a bill or the caller made some bogus threats as described above), then call and report the incident to TIGTA at 1.800.366.4484.

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