Personal Finance Advice and Commentary

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 2:01 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

The Earned Income and additional child tax credits help put added money in the hands of millions of filers. They also are a source of tax fraud. A new law will delay refunds in 2017 on returns that claim these credits.

Thursday, January 07, 2016 11:09 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Everyone agrees the IRS needs to stop tax refund fraud. But the Taxpayer Advocate says the system is producing too many false positives, delaying legitimate refunds.

Thursday, September 03, 2015 11:35 am
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Rep. Jason Chaffetz chairs the House committee that looks at how well government, including the IRS, does or doesn’t run. Now he’s also a tax identity theft victim.

Thursday, April 23, 2015 2:54 pm
By Kay Bell · Bankrate.com

Tax-related identity theft is a growing problem, and two women contend in a lawsuit that Intuit, maker of the popular TurboTax, “facilitates” the cybercrime.

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.

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