Every year, Americans lose untold billions of dollars to a host of tax scams that range from identity theft to return-preparer fraud. While most of these scams can happen at any time, they tend to be most active during tax season, from January through April 15.
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen urges taxpayers to “use caution when viewing emails, receiving telephone calls, or getting advice on tax issues.” The IRS has a criminal investigation unit that works closely with the Department of Justice to identify and shut down scams, but when there’s money to be made there will always be new criminals ready to take the place of those who are caught. The best defense against these scams is to know what to look for.
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Adobe today released an important security update for its Flash Player software that fixes a vulnerability which is already being exploited in active attacks. Compounding the threat, the company said it is investigating reports that crooks may have developed a separate exploit that gets around the protections in this latest update.
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Early next year, most U.S. households will be filing their tax returns. Even though we’re all busy planning for our holidays and the end of 2014, it’s worth taking a few minutes now to think ahead to the tax filing season.Read More