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.

 

Claims that TurboTax Fraud May also Affect Federal Returns

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Now that the tax season is here, the fears about TurboTax fraud is more punctuated than ever before. Taxpayers were shocked when they heard about TurboTax suspending state tax filings over fraud concerns. Imagine getting the news that someone else filed your tax returns and claimed your hefty tax refund. Fortunately, this problem only affected the state filings, not federal taxes.

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Well, this has changed. The details may be sketchy, but the FBI is now investigating claims that federal tax returns may also be affected by this fraud, putting your tax refund in jeopardy. The bureau interviewed taxpayers who claimed that IRS data was compromised, leaving room for fraudulent activities.

Imagine getting a message from the IRS acknowledging receipt of your federal returns even before you do your taxes. Given that all tax filings are done electronically, fraud has become a big threat.

While TurboTax 2015 free version allows taxpayers to make free tax filings, a rival, H&R Block, took advantage of the fraud cases surrounding TurboTax to attract taxpayers who did not want to fall victim to identity theft, among other types of fraudulent activities.

However, it is important to note that no system is perfect, especially when you consider the fact that both the IRS and most states had already put in place sophisticated systems to detect and help prevent theft.

Tax Deductions That Aren’t Allowed By the IRS

Getting tax deductions for an allowed expense on your taxes is great. Making the mistake of claiming a deduction that is not allowed by the IRS can you get into trouble and a possible audit. For example, you can deduct the expense of a dinner with clients up to 50% of the bill only. If you claim more than the 50% allowed or you do not properly record the business purpose of the meeting, the deduction could be thrown out.

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Travel is similar to entertainment were only the part of the travel that is business related can be deducted. If you take your family or your spouse with you and do things on your trip purely for pleasure, those parts of the trip cannot be deducted on your return.

Commuting costs are only allowed from one business location to another business location. The commute from your home to the office is not something you can deduct on your taxes.

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Tax Deductions That Aren’t Allowed By the IRS

Make sure your charity giving is to IRS recognized organization or the donation will not be deductible. And if you get something, like a night at the opera, in exchange for you donation, you need to subtract the fair market value of the benefit you receive from the donation that you claim.

And the  IRS has made giving to charities without a proper record not something you can deduct. You could previously deduct small amounts of cash that you gave to charities. But now it is required that you have proof of the donation to get the deduction. So write a check instead of giving cash.

Making Taxes Easier And More Accurate

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Traverse City Tax Preparation expert Frank Ellis has recently written an informative article on how to use all the features of the popular and innovative TurboTax software. In particular, he talks about how to move important information from the previous year’s income tax return to the current year’s return to be filed with the Internal Revenue Service.

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Also in the article, Frank Ellis discusses how to access details from an online TurboTax account or from a computer file. The idea is to get the most use possible out of the TurboTax 2015 software and to obtain the best refund from their 2014 Taxes that is legally possible from the Internal Revenue Service.

A really great advantage of the TurboTax software is that there is no need to re-enter important taxpayer information. This reduces the chance of error and allows users to file their returns more quickly. With TurboTax, the user can also transfer information from other files. Easy to use and automated features are readily accessed by anyone who uses the TurboTax 2015 software.

Frank Ellis elaborates that TurboTax assists taxpayers in obtaining the largest legitimate income tax refund possible. It enables users to import IRS tax form information from a number of excellent sources. Taxpayers do not have to scout around for documents and enter financial details; the TurboTax software takes care of this for them.

Frank Ellis also says that TurboTax softwawre is simple, secure and safe. He explains that many individuals miss important filing details and that this costs them money. TurboTax highlights tax credits and deductions and also filing deadlines for the tax season.

If someone would like to simplify tax filing even more, he could obtain a tax refund calculator to estimate how much money he is entitled to receive back from the government. With this estimate in hand, any individual can adjust his spending habits and pay check tax withholding.

The tax refund calculator is very convenient to people who want a better understanding of their possible refunds through out the entire filing process. Again, with an estimate in hand, users can plan their financial year more knowledgeably.

For additional information on the upcoming income tax season or to find out more about how to use the TurboTax software online, to to .

TurboTax ItsDeductible Is Going Mobile

On December 3, 2013, Intuit Inc announced that its’ new TurboTax ItsDeductible app for iPhone had become available. This app is aimed at helping the estimated seventy-five percent of US citizens who donate to charity, convert their goodwill into sizable tax deductions. This app is free of charge and offered on the iPhone with iOS7 app store.

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The Turbo Tax online program itself is very popular. When combined with the portability and convenience of a mobile device, the TurboTax ItsDeductible app allows people to easily monitor their charitable donations. This app features valuations for over ten thousand commonly donated items, like toys, clothing, sporting goods, games, appliances, household products and more.

Although most taxpayers are aware that non cash donations might be tax deductible, they do not always value the goods they donate to charity correctly. Usually, this is because they have just guessed the value randomly. For example, sometimes, bags of clothes are donated with $50.00 valuations, when the real value is over $300.00.

Prior to leaving a donation facility, people can easily and quickly input their donated goods into TurboTax ItsDeductible. Then, the app will automatically make a fair market valuation, based on guidelines by the Internal Revenue Service. This ensures that users receive the full deductions they are entitled to on their tax returns. The app uses location sensitive technology to quickly capture the address of the charity, for tax record keeping. All philanthropists should monitor their donations with this app, to be properly rewarded for their generosity.

Tax Carnival Ecstasy – November 19, 2013

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Welcome to the November 19, 2013 edition of Tax Carnival Ecstasy. We start this carnival with an article from Bill Smith on filing back taxes. We also have a really good story on filing your taxes after the October 15th deadline has passed for the year. And finally, Intuit is helping those looking for advice on completing their Affordable Care applications. Hope you bookmark, share, tweet, and like on Facebook the Tax Carnival Ecstasy.

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Bill Smith presents How To File Back Taxes posted at 2011 Tax, saying, “All people with income need to file taxes yearly. If you have missed one or more years in the past ten, now is the time to file back taxes.”

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Bill Smith presents IRS Payment Plans Are Ideal For Paying Your Taxes On Time posted at 2012 Taxes – Free Tax Filing Options, saying, “Just don’t use one to pay your taxes when they come due as the IRS has a number of payment plans that won’t stress out your budget and incrementally trap you in a negative cycle.”

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Ward Carson cfp presents Women and Retirement – The Happy 401k posted at The Happy 401k, saying, “Ward Carson is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™. He is the owner of The Happy401k.com and the Managing Partner of Cambridge Financial & Insurance Group. Cambridge provides counsel to corporate clients in the areas of qualified retirement plans and executive/employee benefits. Through TheHappy401k.com, Ward shares valuable insight for sponsors and participants of corporate retirement plans”

John Schmoll presents Can You Earn Too Much to Be Good With Money? posted at Frugal Rules, saying, “A common myth is that the higher your income is the better you are with money. This problem with this myth is that it overlooks the fact that if you spend a lot while making a good salary you’ll have nothing to show for it. The path to growing wealth, however, is made up of being frugal with your spending and having your money work for you as opposed to being a slave to it.”

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Bill Smith presents Filing Taxes In 2013 After October 15 posted at 2013 Taxes, saying, “If you were unable to pay your taxes earlier in the year, you might have been dreading the October 15th deadline for your deadline extension.”

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Lee Hadnum presents Where are the tax havens? posted at UK Tax Planning Blog.

Bill Smith presents Intuit Offering Personalized Answers To Questions About The Affordable Care Act posted at 2012 Tax – Free Tax Filing Options, saying, “To provide assistance to the estimated 50,000,000 uninsured US citizens facing crucial healthcare decisions, Intuit Inc recently launched their TurboTax 2012 AnswerXchange.”

Bill Smith presents Pink Slip Loans Worse Than Payday Loans posted at 2012 Taxes – Free Tax Filing Options, saying, “Pink slip loans are available online. However, looking for a pink slip loan online requires due diligence.”

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of tax carnival ecstasy using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.