Watch Out For IRS Tax Scams

There have been reported incidents of swindlers using an IRS pitch as a 2016 IRS Tax scam. One such incident happened to Brett. He panicked after hearing a phone message that the IRS was about to investigate him. Brett is a 43 year old contractor from the County of Morrow. He wondered whether he had missed anything in regards to his Free Turbo Tax 2015 application. So he decided to make a call back and then his worry turned to anger. There are lots of scammers out there especially as the Taxes 2016 period gets near.

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At this time of the year, thieves and con artists fine tune their tricks and up their game in order to swindle individuals, often threatening them with jail terms and deportation. The IRS has now issued an alert to the public, warning of the phone scam and other scams people are likely to be exposed to at this time of making their tax returns. Turbo Tax 2015 should help people allay their fears in regards to their 2016 taxes.

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The Ohio State Attorney General has been fielding questions and complaints from local residents, especially those from the counties of Morrow, Fairfield and Franklin. It is expected that con artists will pull scams pretending to be from the government as this helps their scams seem more legitimate.

 

Nevada Consistently Ranks at the Top for Quality of Life

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Nevada ranks high on many lists of top places to live and work.  Reno especially has worked hard improving quality of life for residents.  The past 20 years have been spent revamping the area around Truckee River, located near the new AAA baseball stadium.  Parks and a performing arts center have been added and many large firms have set up locations in Reno drawing in a younger more educated population to stay.

Housing prices in Reno have dropped about 52% in the last 4 years making it an ideal place to relocate to.  North-western Nevada boasts some of the best whitewater in the country.

Recently Reno was named on of the “2010 Smarter Cities” for their investment in green power, energy efficiency measures and conservation by the Natural Resources Defense Council’s online resource center.  The cities were judged on ten criteria:

  • Electricity consumption (kWh) per capita:
  • EPA Defined Green Power:
  • Distributed Generation Policies:
  • State Legislated Energy Reduction:
  • Greenhouse Gas Inventory:
  • City-Level Targets and Policies for Reduced Energy Consumption:
  • Conservation Incentives:
  • Energy services
  • Tracking progress
  • Innovation

Reno is close to every season of outdoor adventure.  The area includes the Sierra Nevada Mountains and Lake Tahoe.  Reno isn’t just about casinos and gambling anymore.  It has become more family friendly in recent years with more activity options besides the gaming industry.

Another reason Reno is at the top of the list for quality of life is the ability to start your own business.  Nevada ranks among the best states to incorporate a business in.  Even during these rough economic times small businesses are opening up at a high rate.  Because Nevada is a business friendly state the economic outlook is ranked high in the nation.  There are many advantages and benefits to incorporate in the state of Nevada.

By: Shannon John

Marketing Manger, Laughlin Associates, Inc.

5 IRS Identity Theft Tips

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5 IRS Identity Theft Tips

There are a number of organizations with helpful resources if your identity has been stolen this tax season or you feel that your identity might be misused. And do you know what kinds of emails to expect from the IRS so you know that the communication is legitimate?

1. The IRS has a special office called the IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit which can assist you if you feel your identity might be misused due to the loss of personal information. Contact them at 1-800-908-4490.

2. The IRS never initiates contact with taxpayers through email. … Read more at 2009 Taxes

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5 IRS Identity Theft Tips

There are a number of organizations with helpful resources if your identity has been stolen this tax season or you feel that your identity might be misused. And do you know what kinds of emails to expect from the IRS so you know that the communication is legitimate?

1. The IRS has a special office called the IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit which can assist you if you feel your identity might be misused due to the loss of personal information. Contact them at 1-800-908-4490.

2. The IRS never initiates contact with taxpayers through email. Therefore all email appearing to originate from the IRS are fraudulent unless in response to an inquiring that you began.

3. Visit IRS.gov for reporting scams and for reporting bogus  IRS web sites.

4. The Federal Trade Commission has similar identity theft resources and can be reached at 1-877-ID-THEFT.

5. OnGuardOnline.gov is another resource for online protections from the federal government and the technology industry.