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June 2015 Archives

Tax lien filed against American Idol winner

American Idol recently announced that its 15th season will be its last. Recently, the Internal Revenue Service filed a tax lien for almost $100,000 against season 3 winner Fantasia Barrino. Even though she has had hit R&B albums and performed in Broadway shows, she has suffered recent financial difficulties.

On the offensive to fight fraud in 2016 tax season

As the NBA Finals head toward game five, strong defense has been on display in several very close games. This week, the Internal Revenue Service went on the offense announcing it will coordinate with the tax preparation industry to make it harder for criminals to steal the identities and refunds of taxpayers.

June 15 tax filing deadline approaching quickly

Who needs to file by the deadline? Most U.S. citizens and resident aliens living overseas must file a return. Even though the filing date for taxpayers living abroad is June 15, if taxes were owed the amount was due on April 15. Interest starts accumulating on any tax debt from the April 15 due date.

IRS boosting security: How can you also protect your data?

The Wall Street Journal reported that as early as next week, the Internal Revenue Service will announce an agreement with tax preparation companies designed to strengthen the tax system. It will likely involve improved authentication of those who file tax returns and strengthen the industry’s ability to identify broad fraud and communicate concerns to the agency.

IRS budget cuts and outdated technology

Last week, the IRS admitted that hackers gained access to the tax documents of 104,000 Americans. Five years of budget cuts may explain the failure in part. Staff reductions, delayed technology projects and the difficulty of creating programs that stop fraud are others.