Category Archives: Fraud

False Social Security Numbers

Today TaxMama® hears from Lue with a question that is more common than you may realize.” A friend  who’s been doing work for my husband regularly for the past two years knowingly gave him a false Social Security Number. We were just notified of this by the IRS. He won’t provide us with a real […]

Don’t Fall for Phony IRS Websites

Courtesy of the Internal Revenue Service The Internal Revenue Service is issuing a warning about a new tax scam that uses a website that mimics the IRS e-Services online registration page. The actual IRS e-Services page offers web-based products for tax preparers, not the general public. The phony web page looks almost identical to the […]

Making up Info

Today TaxMama® hears from Tasha with a disturbing problem. “My girlfriend is thinking of filing for an education tax credit even though she is not enrolled in school at the moment. She says the person doing her taxes can issue a 1098T form if and when the IRS was to ask for proof, which will […]

Fighting Abusive Employers

Today TaxMama® hears from Nick in the TaxQuips Forum who is angry. “This year I saw some disturbing instances where independent contractors were issued 1099-MISC for higher amounts than they were actually paid. Some of contractors were paid in cash and there are no supporting documents on how they were paid. The reason for these […]

Really Innocent Spouse

Today TaxMama hears from Fred in the TaxQuips Forum, with this problem. “My ex-wife and I were legally divorced in Sept. 2008.  For the tax year 2008, she filed as married, filing jointly.  She withdrew her entire 401(k) fund and was penalized for early withdrawal.  She now owes the IRS over $10,000. Because she filed […]

NAEA Testifies about New Preparer Oversight Program

A Tiered Approach to Credentialing Is Recommended WASHINGTON, DC (July 28, 2011)—The National Association of Enrolled Agents (NAEA) today presented testimony at a hearing before the House Ways and Means Committee Subcommittee on Oversight. The focus of the hearing was to review the new requirements for paid tax return preparers developed by IRS as part […]

Taxes Affect Insurance Rates

Today TaxMama hears from Frank Darsi, who sent a link to an interesting article. “Five Ways Taxes Affect Your Car Insurance.” Is the article true? Does it make any sense? Well, since the article only contains four points, not five, we’ve got to wonder about the rest of it… First of all, let me wish […]

Beware of Tax Scams

Courtesy of IRS The IRS wants taxpayers to be aware of tax scams. These scams are illegal and can lead to problems for taxpayers including significant penalties, interest and possible criminal prosecution. The schemes take several shapes, ranging from promises of large tax refunds to illegal ways of “untaxing” yourself. Here are three important guidelines […]

Owing Employment Taxes

Today TaxMama hears from Ryan in the TaxQuips Forum, who recently got a shock. “My wife and I purchased and ran small business about 3 years ago for a period of exactly 6 months. We decided to give the business back to the owner we bought it from because we could no longer afford to […]

Lost Down Payment

Today TaxMama hears from Somsak in the TaxQuips Forum, who is hurting, badly. “In 2005 I signed a contract to purchase 2 units in a pre-construction CondoTel in Orlando, Florida. I submitted a 20% down payment of $211,960. In 2008 the project was completed, but only 47 out of 260 investors could close the escrows. The rest couldn’t […]