It’s Easy to Steal IRS Refunds

Two years ago we addressed the IRS’s flawed refund procedure in False Refund Schemes and Backwards IRS Return Processing Rules. Today, Jay Weaver of the Miami Herald gives a distressing update in Scammers Steal IRS Refunds with Ease:…

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Twenty Fake Dependency Exemptions Generate $300K Tax Refund?

Blake Ellis of CNNMoney writes about a woman who fraudulently claimed 20 child dependents on her income tax return: Tax fraudsters are getting more creative — and, in some cases, more daring. But the IRS is…

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Tax No-Brainer of the Week: Don’t Have the IRS Prepare Your Tax Return

The IRS graciously gives taxpayers the following tips for how to choose a tax preparer: If you pay someone to prepare your tax return, the IRS urges you to choose that preparer wisely. Taxpayers are legally responsible for…

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Deadline Reminder for Taxpayers Living Abroad and Those with Foreign Bank Accounts

Taxpayers living abroad must file their 2010 tax returns by June 15, 2011. And individuals owning an interest in a foreign account must file form TD F 90.22-1 by June 30, 2011 or face steep…

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Will Moving Signature Line to Top of Form Result in Less Tax Cheating?

Carmen Nobel of Harvard Business School’s blog Working Knowledge writes in Signing at the Top: The Key to Preventing Tax Fraud: [M]any taxpayers give in to the temptation to cheat on their taxes—in spite of…

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