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Balancing Small Business

Poe's Accounting Service's blog for helping small businesses get more out of their financial accounting.

Balancing Small Business Tip #1

Reformation Productions Agency - Tuesday, June 27, 2017

 

 

Learn more about the tax benefits of having an office in your home. There are several deduction options....which one is right for your business?

 

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How to Protect Yourself from Tax Scams

Reformation Productions Agency - Friday, May 26, 2017

Tax season can be a stressful time. Imagine the added stress of receiving a phone call from someone claiming to be an IRS agent who demands an immediate payment and threatens you with arrest or deportation. The person may request your credit or debit card information or ask that you use a prepaid debit card or wire transfer. They also may refuse to answer your questions or allow you to appeal the amount supposedly due. Countless people are so intimidated or know so little about how the IRS actually operates that they comply with the demand.

 

In a less stressful scenario, you may receive a call or email from "the IRS" saying that they have your tax return but need some missing information – your bank account or social security number, for example – before they can process it. It could seem legitimate because they’re in possession of some of your personal information or show up as the IRS or a similar official name on your caller ID.

 

5 SIGNS THAT PROVE THE REQUEST IS PHONY

There are several ways to check the legitimacy of a call or email from the IRS. Here are five:

 

  • 1. The IRS always mails you several bills if you owe taxes.
  • 2. The IRS never calls or emails to verify or acquire personal information.
  • 3. The IRS never threatens you with immediate arrest or deportation.
  • 4. The IRS will not request a specific payment method.
  • 5. The IRS always allows you to question or appeal the amount owed.

 

Additionally, as citizens of a free and democratic country, American taxpayers are protected from intimidation by the IRS through a Taxpayer Bill of Rights.

 

5 ACTIONS TO TAKE IF YOU THINK YOU’RE BEING SCAMMED

You need to protect yourself and others from these con artists who have forced more than 5,000 victims to hand over $28,500,000 in just three years.

 

Here’s what immediate action you can take:

  • 1.Refuse to provide any information.
  • 2.Hang up the phone.
  • 3.Call the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) at 800-366-4484 or go to www.treasury.gov/tigta/.
  • 4.Contact the Federal Trade Commission at www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/.
  • 5.If you owe or think you owe taxes, call the IRS at 800-829-1040.
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You can also simply call your tax preparer or accountant for swift assistance and assurance. We have extensive experience in dealing with the IRS as well as the most up to date knowledge of current scams.

 

Coming Soon!

Reformation Productions Agency - Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Coming soon Poe's Accounting Services will be publishing blogs to this page. It is our hope that the information provided is beneficial to our website visitors. If you have any questions, please email us at info@poesaccounting.com.


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