College students and staff who use email addresses ending in “.edu” are the target of a new “phishing” scam aimed at accessing personal information. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has received complaints about the email scam from both public and private colleges and universities.
The suspicious emails display the IRS logo and use various subject lines such as “Tax Refund Payment” or “Recalculation of your tax refund payment.” It asks people to click a link and submit a form to claim their tax refund. The fake website asks taxpayers to provide their:
Social Security number
Date of Birth
Prior Year Annual Gross Income (AGI)
Driver’s License Number
ZIP Code/Postal Code
Electronic Filing PIN
Students, faculty and staff who receive this scam email should not click on the link in the email, but instead should report it to the IRS. For security reasons, save the email using “save as” and then send that attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org or forward the email as an attachment to email@example.com.
The IRS reminds taxpayers who believe they have a pending refund that they can easily check on its status at Where’s My Refund? on IRS.gov. If you feel you have fallen victim to a phishing tax scam, or have questions about tax return security, please contact Gray, Gray & Gray at (781) 407-0300.
Accounting Today Washington, D.C. (February 21, 2013)
By Michael Cohn
The Internal Revenue Service is taking further steps to combat identity theft, including issuing proposed regulations that allow taxpayers to truncate the identification numbers on some tax documents they file. Click here to read the full article.
You should be aware that a company or individual masquerading as the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has been sending out e-mails with the subject line “Income Tax Refund NOT ACCEPTED” and similar titles. This is NOT an official IRS communication, but an attempt to lure the recipient into clicking on a link that will allow the sender to capture e-mail information – a process known as “phishing.” Continue reading →
It is never a bad time to plan for your next tax filing date. Do you know what you should keep and what you can throw away? Here are a few guidelines when it comes to your Individual tax filings Continue reading →
If you offer your employees a 401(k), pension plan or other defined benefit plan, you may be required by law to have the plan audited on an annual basis. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is diligent in making sure qualifying plans are audited, and in reviewing the audits to make sure the plans are being properly administered for the beneficiaries of your employees. Continue reading →
Many people are considering making substantial gifts to their children or grandchildren this year to take advantage of the current, historically-high lifetime gift tax exclusion. There is a new approach to consider: “Formula Gifting”. Continue reading →
By now many of you have heard that the IRS issued lengthy and complex rules last December regarding whether an expenditure for tangible property, including real estate, is deductible as a repair or must be capitalized. The new rules will affect many businesses including many of our clients. We at Gray, Gray & Gray are fully conversant with these new rules. The IRS recently held public meetings regarding the rules at which many issues and suggestions were made. We do not know the results of these meetings. Businesses have until December 31, 2013 to make the changes required by the new rules. Continue reading →
Worker classification is an issue the IRS has indicated they will be paying more attention to. To assist taxpayers and businesses in determining if a worker is an employee or independent contractor, the IRS has issued Publication 1779. This publication can serve invaluable to business owners as failure to properly classify a worker can have significant consequences. For example, the business could be liable for unpaid withholding and payroll taxes. In addition, a business may owe workers for benefits they should have received. Please click HERE to view the worker classification reference guide, IRS Publication 1779.
If you have questions about worker classification, please contact our Tax Department at (781) 407-0300.
Do you need more time to file your tax return? Many people do and the IRS has created a sequence of tip videos to help taxpayers with their frequently asked questions and concerns. Watch the video below on filing an extension:
More IRS Tip Videos can be found on the IRS YouTube Channel by clicking HERE