Data privacy is a critical concern in the online. Breaches of personal information can lead to identity theft, fraud and other serious problems for those who information is compromised.
Picture this: You've filed your federal income taxes via TurboTax and everything went fine. You've now received the document you were waiting for, and it's time to file those state taxes. You log into TurboTax, and ... your state taxes have mysteriously been e-filed.
We have made a point in recent months to highlight issues related to the U.S. government's deep focus on thwarting suspected tax evasion through the use of foreign accounts. Our efforts have attempted to provide some clarity about the conditions under which taxpayers must submit a Foreign Bank and Financial Account Report (FBAR) as part of their tax return filing practices. The purpose of those posts has been to help readers throughout the Washington, D.C, area avoid possible confrontations with the Internal Revenue Service.
There are a lot of ways that a person might wind up on the Internal Revenue Service's version of a watch list. How it happens, though, is perhaps less important than what can happen if no action is taken when it does happen. Action is called for and it's always best to do it with the help of an attorney experienced in dealing with such matters.
Although there are many legal strategies that can be used to minimize tax obligations, every year many Washington, D.C., residents are accused of using unlawful methods to get out of paying taxes. Whether the Internal Revenue Service claims that a taxpayer made a mistake or took intentional actions to avoid taxes, the consequences can be harsh.
The Affordable Care Act has been the target of a lot of negative press. Aside from the general political rhetoric from opponents of the measure, there have been the very obvious issues with the rollout of the online registration process.
The Internal Revenue Service is the first to admit that it has a major problem on its hands when it comes to fighting tax fraud. This past summer, the acting head of the IRS said as much to members of Congress.
The Internal Revenue Service says tax fraud, tax evasion and tax underpayment costs the federal government about $385 billion a year. With an ocean of red ink that deep it should come as no surprise that federal officials in Washington, D.C., and tax collectors at the state level have begun turning to computer software to turn that red ink to black.
Groundbreaking technology is amazing stuff (when it works). As with anything that is cutting edge, though, new technology often represents a double-edged sword. With all the apparent benefits come the risks that the tech tools will be used for nefarious purposes. And sometimes the good guys misuse the tools as readily as the bad guys.
It's hardly as anticipated as the Cherry Blossom Festival here in Washington, D.C., but it is no less reliable in its arrival. We're talking about the Internal Revenue Services' annual "Dirty Dozen" list of potential tax scams.