Personal Finance Advice and Commentary

Thursday, March 19, 2015 3:25 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

The IRS is asking some taxpayers to verify their identities before it will process their returns. Don’t panic. It’s a legitimate effort to stop tax identity theft.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 3:22 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Thinking about hiring a tax pro? Finding a good one is a major problem for many taxpayers, according to a recent tax season evaluation by some consumer groups.

Thursday, February 12, 2015 2:34 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Tax identity theft and fraud is a growing issue, highlighted by problems with recent state e-filings. Will security concerns affect how you file your 1040?

Thursday, November 20, 2014 11:36 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

A group of South Florida college kids learned a lesson the hard way. They allegedly are part of a $1.9 million identity theft tax fraud ring.

Thursday, August 21, 2014 2:34 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Being behind bars doesn’t deter some tax criminals. Two in Minnesota, however, have been charged with running a $400,000 fake tax refund scheme.

Thursday, November 21, 2013 4:14 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

The Senate Finance Committee chairman has suggested some changes to our tax system.

Thursday, April 25, 2013 2:56 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

When it comes to identity thieves vs. the Internal Revenue Service, the crooks have the edge. For now. But the IRS says it’s prevention efforts are making a difference.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 2:16 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Safeguard your personal information this holiday shopping season. It could be used at tax time to file a fake return and steal your refund.

Thursday, June 14, 2012 3:07 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

When Oregon’s automated tax processing system ran across the return that produced …

Tuesday, May 01, 2012 3:47 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

How tough are things right now? So tough that three former NFL players allegedly resorted to ID theft …