Saturday, January 25, 2020

Pen Pal

Prison can get pretty lonely. Even though conditions within the prison system can be quite adverse, many incarcerated individuals cope by studying to further their education, writing articles or stories or adopting a pen pal. (There are many websites that claim to match prisoners...

How a Tax Identity Fraud Scam Impacted Our Members

Early in 2014, the Maine Medical Association (MMA) began receiving reports from member physicians that they had been victims of identity theft leading to a tax refund fraud scam. They learned about the scam when they filed their state or federal tax return and...

Stopped Dead in His Tracks

Death is often used in popular metaphors such as, ''stopped dead in his tracks,'' or ''scared to death.'? With such a negative connotation, implanting ''death'' into a scenario can leave any situation a little less lively, pun intended. But what happens when you mix...

Fraud at First Sight

People often meet their soul mates through friends or family, blind dates or serendipitous situations. In an article published in The Oregonian, one woman met her husband, who happened to be a prisoner, through an online dating service. (I'm not even going to tell...

5 Technology Trends Agencies Use to Combat Tax Refund Identity Fraud

Deborah Smith, MBA, LexisNexis Risk Solutions Former Executive Director, Personal and Business Taxes, Ohio Department of Taxation Thanks to advances in technology, tax return preparation and submission doesn't have to be the chore it once was. The process of filling out complex tax forms has been...

Running a Hustle Behind Bars

A report issued earlier this year by the Treasury Department details how the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is doing with detecting tax refund fraud. The IRS identified 42,148 fraudulent tax returns with $227 million claimed and prevented the issuance of nearly 80 percent or...

You Can’t Make This Up

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has a great list of tips for choosing a tax return preparer. One tip mentions the importance of reviewing the entire return before signing it. (This is obviously so any errors can be caught before sending it in.) A...

It Hits the Employees at the End of the Day

When an employee signs a contract to commence work for an employer, there is usually a sense of trust that is instilled between both parties. The employer expects the employee to act in the best interest of the company, show loyalty to the company...

Busy Behind Bars

Jail birds usually have a structured scheduled? wake up for head count, eat, go to work or cells, eat, head count and bed. That routine doesn't leave much time for extra-curricular activities, for example tax refund fraud. For one South Carolina prisoner, a little...

Taxes Two-Step

Listen to this Story When it comes to taxes, don't mess with Texas—or Virginia, as it turns out. An article in the Richmond Times-Dispatch tells the story of a tax professional who filed fraudulent refund claims while managing the Northern Virginia office of a tax...
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