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8 Tips for Tax Identity Theft Protection to Learn Before It’s Too Late

Preventing & Recovering from Tax Identity Theft “I wish someone would intercept my big tax refund,” said no one ever. But when tax identity theft enters the scene, that’s exactly


May 18, 2018

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The Truth About the IRS’s Private Debt Collection Agencies

The IRS has called for backup from the private sector, and these four companies could be coming after your tax debt in lieu of the IRS. Here’s what you need to know to stay informed, lawful and safe.

April 19, 2018

The Dangers of Tax-related ID Theft

The Dangers of Tax-related ID Theft

An anticipated tax return brings hopes of finally replacing that ugly bathroom wallpaper or booking your spring beach vacation. But what if something – or someone – steals that away


February 15, 2018

What to Do When Tax ID Theft Happens to You

Usually, a victim becomes aware of ID theft when their refund doesn’t reach them or they are informed about a duplicate tax return filed in their name. During tax season,


January 28, 2016

How Do I Prevent Tax Related ID Theft?

Taxpayers are most vulnerable to identity theft early in the tax season. Identity thieves attempt to file a fraudulent tax return before their victim has a chance to file one.


January 26, 2016

Ty Warner: Hiding Assets Abroad

Ty Warner, the owner of Beanie Babies, and Ty. Inc., was found guilty of tax evasion. In 1996, Warner deposited $80 million at UBS AG in Switzerland without paying taxes


January 14, 2016

Leona Helmsley: Mixing Business with Personal

Leona Helmsley was rich and famous, and called herself the “hotel queen”. But in her 71st year, she found herself being awarded another title: tax evader. Helmsley was sentenced to


January 12, 2016

The American Tax Scam Massacre

In the convenient spirit of Halloween, it seems appropriate to indulge in a little exaggeration to underscore a pervasive American horror: tax scams. While you’ve probably heard passing stories of


October 30, 2015

Dishonest Tax Pros and Tax Debt

Most tax professionals are honest, but some fraudulent preparers take advantage of unsuspecting taxpayers. Unscrupulous preparers may file false tax returns or simply falsify tax information. In order to increase


September 8, 2015

Theft at IRS: Loss of Information for 100,000 Taxpayers

Tax thieves broke through the security of an IRS system called ‘Get Transcript’ and accessed tax filing information of more than 100,000 taxpayers. Get Transcript is a service run by


May 28, 2015

IRS Dirty Dozen Scams 2015: Falsifying Income

Like previous years, 2015 is ripe for tax scams, as fraudsters wreak havoc among taxpayers and the IRS. This year, the IRS is releasing the annual “Dirty Dozen” tax scams


February 12, 2015

IRS’ “Dirty Dozen” Tax Scams: Return Preparer Fraud

The IRS releases the “Dirty Dozen” tax scams list during tax season to raise awareness among taxpayers about the top scams. Like the previous year, return preparer fraud is a


February 5, 2015

IRS Phone Scams and Phishing Make the “Dirty Dozen” List

The IRS has included the IRS phone scam and phishing in its 2015 Dirty Dozen Tax Scams list. The IRS phone scam was deemed the biggest tax scam of its


February 3, 2015

What is Tax Related ID Theft?

Fraudulent tax return filing is the most common tax crime people face this year. Scammers use victims’ stolen information to file false tax returns on their behalf, claiming exaggerated credits


January 27, 2015

Refund Scams and the Importance of Filing Early

Tax scammers become active during tax season, as the number of financial transactions conducted during this period is substantial. Millions of taxpayers receive tax refunds from the IRS. Scammers try


January 15, 2015

Identifying IRS Scams

Tax scammers tend to be more active during tax season. Identity theft is popular among fraudsters and attempts only increase during tax time. With the deadline for extensions closing in,


August 26, 2014

Scams Continue After Tax Season

The tax season is over, but unfortunately tax scams continue. One of the largest tax scams of its kind, the IRS phone scam, continues to gather victims as scammers carry


April 24, 2014

The IRS Phone Scam: The Largest of Its Kind

Everybody expects news of tax scams during the tax season, but this year the IRS was surprised by a new tax scam that had already grown to become the largest


March 27, 2014

Tax Defense Network Scam Alert: Phishing Scams

One of the most common methods of stealing taxpayer identities and tax information is through a scheme called phishing. Phishing is when scammers use fake websites and emails to gain


December 10, 2013

How to Keep Protected from Tax Debt Relief Scams

Scam artists keep inventing new methods of cheating taxpayers out of money, as it was recently discovered that tax thieves are using the mask of tax resolution services to scam


August 1, 2013

Multi-Million Dollar Tax Scam Busted, Guilty Gets 8-Year Prison Term & Penalty

One of the biggest tax scams discovered in the past few years was a scheme carried out by Donna Guerin, a Jenkens & Gilchrist licensed tax professional. Guerin pled guilty


March 5, 2013

Tax Defense Network Explains How to Avoid Tax Scams

The tax filing season is stressful enough without taxpayers having to worry about falling prey to tax scams. It is during tax filing when taxpayers share sensitive information with the


February 28, 2013

Identity Theft Scam Busted, IRS on Its Toes

On Friday in Miami, a tax fraud scheme of $34 million was discovered. Eleven people were indicted for stealing the identities of around 7,000 taxpayers, including 2,700 deceased filers, to


February 13, 2013

Tax Refund Scam Busted in South Florida

A major, multi-million dollar tax refund scam was recently carried out by six people in southern Florida. The accused filed more than 380 fraudulent tax returns to get a whopping


February 6, 2013

Tax Defense Network: Scam Companies Exposed

You want to get out of debt with the IRS. You are up against a huge wall. So you would think tax debt relief companies would want to help you,


December 12, 2011

Tax Defense Network Scam Hall of Shame Part II: ID Phishing Scam

ID Phishing is an attempt to get you to scam yourself. The criminal is usually a cyber scam expert who may use several means to get you to voluntarily reveal


November 29, 2011

Tax Defense Network Scam Hall of Shame: Charity & Social Security Fraud

This latest scam inquiry by Tax Defense Network found tax scam abusers are using charities, trusts and false social security tax claims to line their own pockets. Charity Organizations Used


November 29, 2011

Tax Defense Network Scam Report Part II: Tax Preparer Fraud

IRS efforts to curb tax scam abuses have become fiercer in recent years. Tax preparer scam companies were quietly watched as the IRS amassed details on their misdeeds. Now Tax


November 29, 2011

Tax Defense Network Exposes the Offshore Tax Scam

Hiding income in offshore brokerage accounts, foreign banks, or overseas business entities is not a legitimate income tax solution; it’s a scam. Yet some scam promoters continue to come up


November 28, 2011

Scam Red Flags: Helping You Research Tax Debt Resolution Companies

Having tax debt is stressful, and for most who want to get it resolved as quickly as they can, it can also lead to rash decisions when hiring a tax


November 4, 2011

Tax Defense Network Scams Report

The Federal Trade Commission hopes to warn consumers about potential tax debt relief scams with their new web page, and Tax Defense Network wanted to do the same by introducing


September 9, 2011

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