Personal Finance Advice and Commentary

Thursday, August 11, 2016 3:29 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Tax crooks don’t take the summer off. Some are out there now with a phishing scheme that pretends to come from tax software providers. Don’t fall for it!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 12:33 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Internal Revenue Service efforts to stop fraudulent tax refunds are posing problems for legitimate taxpayers waiting for their real refunds, according to the latest National Taxpayer Advocate report.

Thursday, June 30, 2016 10:51 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

The 2017 tax filing season is still 6 months away, but the IRS is already making plans to fight tax identity theft and refund fraud that it expects to see next year.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 11:54 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Law enforcement made some progress this week against the huge telephone tax scam. 5 people were arrested for allegedly being part of the largest tax scam ever.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 10:04 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Despite assurances that the IRS will send taxpayers letters before calling them, some auditors have been calling individuals unannounced. That’s changing.

Thursday, May 05, 2016 11:30 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Payroll outsourcing giant ADP is the latest company to fall prey to identity theft hackers. This time the crooks got their hands on workers’ W-2 forms with all its vital tax-filing data.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 5:06 pm
By Mike Cetera · Bankrate.com

Group tied to credit card thefts allegedly spent $258,000 at Barneys, then rapped about it.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016 10:59 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

The latest telephone tax scam wants targeted victims to send the calling crooks iTunes gift cards. The IRS might like music, but it wants money.

Thursday, April 21, 2016 10:14 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Another member of the House Ways and Means Committee is a tax identity theft victim. Rep. Jim Renacci shared his story with his colleagues and introduced a bill to fight the crime.

Thursday, March 24, 2016 1:37 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Some federal tax refunds might be a bit slower in arriving, but one security company exec says that’s good. It means the IRS is implementing more security features.

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