This time of year, you’re apt to get a lot of advice from us about how you should go about filing your income taxes on 1040.com. But once in a while, we have to take a bit of a side trip in order to let you know about important developments or tools that can keep you safe. This is one of those times. Let's talk online security, and how you can keep your personal info, well, personal.read more
You just hung up the phone, and we can see your blood pressure is still in the “eruption” zone. The caller said he was from the IRS, and demanded you clear up a past-due tax debt immediately. He gave an IRS badge number and everything! So now you have to transfer money to another account or go to jail. The guy even threatened to call your local sheriff’s department to haul you in. How could this happen???read more
We’ve heard a lot about identity theft this year, thanks largely to some very cagey cyber-criminals who have hacked everything from retail giants to the IRS itself. And while there’s not much that we, as individuals, can do to prevent this kind of wholesale hacking, there are some steps we can all take to help limit the consequences.read more
Remember that email you got this week, the one that freaked you out? It said it was from the IRS and wanted you to verify your information from your tax return before your refund could be issued. You didn’t know what to do, so you just did nothing.
Turns out, that was exactly what you should have done: Nothing.
You see, this email – and millions others like it – are major-league bogus. Fake. Scam. Counterfeit and criminal.read more