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Archive for September, 2019

IRS Warns of a New Property Lien Scam

Friday, September 27th, 2019

The IRS recently issued a warning to taxpayers about a new scam they learned about, this new one involves fake property liens. The scammers are sending out fake tax bills from fictional government agencies stating you need to pay them or they will put on lien on your property. The IRS highlighted the main points of this scam to be aware of:

• The taxpayer initially receives a letter in the mail with an IRS lien or levy threat.
• The scammers claim the taxpayer owes bogus overdue taxes.
• The agency the scammer claims to be from sounds legit, but it is not. One title the scammers like to use is “Bureau of Tax Enforcement”.
• The scammers reference the IRS in their letter to further try to confuse the taxpayer into thinking the letter is legit.

If you have any doubt whether a letter you received is real or not, the best option is to contact the IRS directly at 800-829-1040. The letter will most likely have a number on it that will direct you right to the scammers if you call it, so the best course of action is to call the IRS directly to find out if the letter is real.

Please consult your tax advisor on the above issue.

Where’s My Tax Refund?

Friday, September 6th, 2019

Taxpayers often have questions about the status of their tax return refund; their refund may have been delayed for one reason or another. The IRS offers a great tool on their website where taxpayers can look up the status of their refund:

https://www.irs.gov/refunds

This tool allows taxpayers to track their refund and usually gives a time frame on when they will be receiving it. The IRS also offers information on what to do if other circumstances arise regarding your refund:

Refund less than expected:
https://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc203

Received a refund but wasn’t expecting one:
https://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc161

Lost refund:
https://www.irs.gov/faqs/irs-procedures/refund-inquiries/refund-inquiries-0

Please consult your tax advisor on all the above issues.