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Owe Money to the IRS?  Reduce Your Debt for Pennies on the Dollar

Who hasn’t seen these ads on television claiming that if you owe taxes, the advertiser can settle your debt for pennies on the dollar. Do you believe these ads to be valid? Every year, the IRS publishes their DIRTY DOZEN list which is basically a list of the top 12 scams with regard to taxes.  […]

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Protecting Your Personal Information

There has recently been a story in Philadelphia regarding the theft of information from a person while hospitalized.  The end result was not pleasant with the theft of money from the hospitalized person’s assets. Stop and think for a minute – you go to the hospital – whether in anticipation of being an inpatient or […]

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PASSWORDLESS

New year – new word – PASSWORDLESS.  Ok, so what does it mean?  Well, add it to the dictionary.  Passwordless login eliminates the need to enter a password to gain access to a website.  It will enable you to prove your identity other than by entering your login and a password.  There are different methods […]

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Identity Protection PIN

If you want to protect yourself from tax-related identity theft, you can opt into the IP PIN program offered by the IRS.  Currently, there are over 5 million taxpayers participating in the program which enables them to be proactive in preventing identity theft. If you are interested in joining the movement to protect your identity […]

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Should You Obtain An IP PIN?

An IP PIN, you ask – what is it?  Well, it is an Identity Protection PIN which prevents the filing of a tax return using your Social Security Number by someone other than you.  These PINs have been around for several years but were issued only when someone had fraudulent activity on their account or […]

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IRS Urges Caution With Email, Social Media And Phones

The Internal Revenue Service continues in its fight against cyber criminals and is constantly finding new ways that these criminals are obtaining information.  There is no limit to the means in which crimes can occur.  Whether through a telephone call, text message or email, the con artist tries to convince the recipient that they need […]

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Good Information That Bears Repeating

We seem to be inundated with information to the extent that we can be overwhelmed.  What should we pay attention to? What isn’t relevant to our situation? Is the information being provided valid and authentic?  So, what should we do?  First of all, be cautious on the source of the information.  Is it from a […]

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Handling Sensitive Information

Whether you think about your home or your office (in office or remote office), do you have confidential or sensitive information out in the open?  Easily accessible?  If a visitor were to come near your work area, could information be breached?  Do you have either professional or personal information easily accessible whether it be on […]

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Individual Taxpayer Identity Protection Pin Program

I mentioned in a prior article that individuals would be able to participate in the identity protection PIN program.  This PIN is a six-digit number assigned to eligible taxpayers to help prevent misuse of Social Security Numbers being used on fraudulent federal income tax returns.  If you would like to take advantage of this program, […]

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COVID-Related Text Scam

The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the tax industry have recently warned of a new text scam created by thieves that trick people into disclosing bank account information under the guise of receiving the $1,200 Economic Impact Payment. Taxpayers are reminded that neither the IRS nor state agencies will ever text taxpayers asking […]

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