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Tax Fraud

Yes, You Still Need To Be On The Lookout For Tax Scams

Adam Levin | Posted 10.13.2016 | Crime
Adam Levin

You may have easily missed a major piece of news that broke last week amid the media-feeding frenzy generated by the release of Donald Trump's "Access Hollywood" tapes and Hillary Clinton's Wikileaked Wall Street speeches.

Barcelona Soccer Star Lionel Messi Sentenced To 21 Months' Jail

Reuters | Rebecca Falconer | Posted 07.06.2016 | Sports

MADRID (Reuters) - Barcelona's Argentinian soccer star Lionel Messi has been sentenced to 21 months in prison and fined 2 million euros ($2.2 million)...

The Difference Between 'I'm a Businessman' Trump and the Domino's Owners Who Stole Wages? Not Much

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 06.01.2016 | Politics
Ian Reifowitz

Yes, Donald Trump is a businessman. But that word doesn't mean the same thing to everyone. He uses it as an excuse for things he's done and said, the details of which continue to emerge--as this week's revelation on his company's tax evasion makes clear.

IRS: Stop Letting Taxpayers Use Stolen Social Security Numbers

Adam Levin | Posted 05.05.2016 | Crime
Adam Levin

If it can be imagined, it can be achieved. The fact that the IRS has essentially looked the other way when it comes to the unlawful use of personally identifiable information in the face of our identity crime Armageddon is inexcusable.

Panama Raids Offices Of Law Firm At Center Of 'Panama Papers' Leak

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 04.13.2016 | World

PANAMA CITY, April 12 (Reuters) - Panama's attorney general late on Tuesday raided the offices of the Mossack Fonseca law firm to search for any evide...

A Tax Fraud Survival Guide

Adam Levin | Posted 03.24.2016 | Crime
Adam Levin

When it comes to identity-related tax fraud, it's not as tough as you might think (or hope). The reason is much more frightening: There is no need to be a savvy hacker to get all the information to commit identity-related tax fraud. You just need to be creative and persistent.

What I Learned from Falling Victim to Tax Identity Theft

NextAdvisor.com | Posted 03.18.2016 | Business
NextAdvisor.com

By Julie Myhre-Nunes, NextAdvisor.com Falling victim to identity theft is never a fun situation to find yourself in, as I recently discovered when I...

Why the IRS Should Push Tax Day to June 15

Adam Levin | Posted 01.28.2016 | Politics
Adam Levin

The only way to stop tax refund fraud is to change the way the tax filing and refund system works, and while this may be a painful process for employers and taxpayers alike, it's necessary.

Will Someone Else Be Cashing Your Tax Refund This Year?

Adam Levin | Posted 01.14.2016 | Crime
Adam Levin

With more than a billion personal records "out there," identity theft has become the third certainty in life, right behind death and the topic at hand.

Bar Refaeli Investigated For Alleged Tax Fraud

The Huffington Post | Joe Satran | Posted 12.18.2015 | Entertainment

Israeli tax officials are investigating supermodel Bar Refaeli and her mother for possible tax fraud. The pair stand accused of hiding millions of dol...

The Simple Way to Keep Your Tax Refund Safe

Adam Levin | Posted 12.03.2015 | Crime
Adam Levin

The holiday season is just getting underway, a time dedicated to finding the perfect gift for loved ones and a steady procession of festive events that ends when we ring in the New Year. Unfortunately, it's also a busy time for people dedicated to the commission of identity-related tax fraud.

Top 5 Risks for Airbnb Landlords in the Hamptons

Andrew Lieb | Posted 09.03.2016 | New York
Andrew Lieb

It may seem homeowners have a money tree at their house. It's easy, just rent your house for the weekend and the dollars will shake into your bank acc...

4 Tips to Protect Seniors Against Fraud and Identity Theft

NextAdvisor.com | Posted 07.22.2016 | Fifty
NextAdvisor.com

Although most anyone can be a target of fraud and identity theft, senior identity theft is on the rise and those ages 50+ are often in the cross-hairs of scammers. The U.S. government is taking steps to help circumvent the high level of fraud aimed at seniors, but it can only do so much -- and progress in this area has been fairly slow.

5 Ways the IRS Scammers Could Have Stolen All Those Tax Returns

Adam Levin | Posted 06.04.2016 | Crime
Adam Levin

Whether data compromises give rise to breaking news stories or pounding headaches, anything less than a zero-tolerance attitude toward identity-related crimes won't get us to the place we need to be.

ALEC Losing Clout, Legitimacy amid Ongoing Controversy and Tax Fraud

Yael Bromberg | Posted 05.20.2016 | Politics
Yael Bromberg

Groups like the Salvation Army, Make-A-Wish Foundation, and the Red Cross come to mind when most of us think about charities. ALEC is something far different, a shadowy operation that brings legislators and corporations together behind closed doors to advance private interests.

Taxpayers and Criminals

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 06.17.2015 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

In a time when Republicans believe the country is in financial distress, the logical thing to do is to provide more money to enable the IRS to collect from the intransigent. That, however, is not how Republicans work.

Top 5 Tax Scams Of 2015 To Avoid

GOBankingRates | Posted 04.29.2015 | Money
GOBankingRates

Imagine this: Someone claiming he's from the IRS calls and says you owe money. He demands you to pay via a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. Do you send the money? If you answered yes, you walked right into a scam.

What We Could Have Done With the $5.8 Billion the Government Lost to Tax ID Theft

Adam Levin | Posted 04.29.2015 | Politics
Adam Levin

Imagine you were President, or Speaker of the House, and one day you woke up and discovered that you had an extra $5.8 billion dollars to spend. What would you do with the cash? A new aircraft carrier (or half of one, anyway)?

TurboTax Resumes State Tax Filings

Reuters | Posted 02.09.2015 | Business

The company said the fraudulent returns did not result from a breach of its own systems.

Top 10 PR Blunders of 2014

Rich Robinson | Posted 03.02.2015 | Media
Rich Robinson

This year, Urban Outfitters sold a "vintage" Kent State sweatshirt tastefully splattered with red paint while Donald Sterling's racial comments cost him his NBA franchise. It's been a raucous year in the public arena, expressed perfectly by a parade of PR blunders that is as impressive in scope as it is in sheer absurdity.

Freedom From Religion Foundation Urges IRS to investigate Ark Encounter

Dan Arel | Posted 01.24.2015 | Religion
Dan Arel

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has sent a letter to the IRS urging them to investigate Ken Ham's Ark Encounter. The letter alleges that Ham has continuously attempted to run a for-profit business behind his non-profit in order to benefit from as many tax breaks and discriminatory practices as possible.

Christina Wilkie

Diplomatic Dust-Up Means Big Bucks For Former GOP Congressman Connie Mack IV

HuffingtonPost.com | Christina Wilkie | Posted 11.20.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Relations between the United States and Hungary have deteriorated rapidly in recent weeks, following news that the U.S. imposed travel b...

Friday Talking Points -- Past, Present and Future

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.08.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Forty years ago today, President Nixon addressed the nation to announce he would be resigning the next day -- the only time in US history this has happened. Today, President Obama announced the US will be dropping bombs on Iraq once again. That's a pretty heavy-duty amount of the past to contemplate, in one week.

FACTA: A Reminder of the Social Role of French Banks

Frédéric Lefebvre | Posted 07.06.2014 | World
Frédéric Lefebvre

If everyone understands the need to fight against tax fraud, everyone can agree that law abiding taxpayers should not pay the price. That is why it is essential that our government remind financial institutions of their duty and not sacrifice their social role attached to banking in France and remind them of their obligations.

What Do Americans Consider Most Immoral?

Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion

A recent CNN poll demonstrates the rapidly increasing support for the legalization of marijuana in America, but the survey also revealed American atti...