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IRS hacking crisis just gets worse and worse

Back in May, people flipped out when the IRS revealed that more than 100,000 taxpayer accounts had been compromised by hackers.

Turns out that would have been relatively good news. Now, as the National Journal reports, the IRS says that the total number of accounts breached was probably more like 330,000. The hack attack, which IRS thinks originated in Russia, resulted in $50 million in fraudulent tax refund filings.

As CNN Money notes, the IRS says that the bad guys appeared to have personal information on at least another 300,000 or so taxpayers whose accounts were not accessed. But only the taxpayers whose tax accounts were compromised are getting warning notices from the IRS and information about free credit monitoring.

The IRS may not be actively reaching out to taxpayers on this issue, but here’s a link to some information on what you can do if you think you’ve been victimized. Unfortunately, the first indication people often have that someone has used their Social Security Number to file a fake tax return (and get a real refund) is when they are unable to electronically file their return.

At that point, the taxpayer/victim has to file a paper return, along with Form 14039, which will allow the taxpayer to file electronically next year.

Hastert and FIFA cases prove the oldest rule in the book: Follow the money!

What does Dennis Hastert’s indictment on apparently Very Very Bad Horrible Terrible Behavior (kudos to Kaili Joy Gray of Wonkette) and the FIFA bribery and kickback scandal (New York Times version here) have in common? They both in part involve people charged with trying to hide or disguise transfers of money—something that is of tremendous…Continue Reading

Is that friendly tax pro really an undercover federal agent?

Today’s nominee for Stuff You Just Cannot Make Up: The New York Times reports that officers from more than three dozen agencies have posed as business people, welfare recipients, political protesters and–yes–even tax professionals, as part of undercover investigations. “At the Internal Revenue Service, dozens of undercover agents chase suspected tax evaders worldwide, by posing…Continue Reading

“The Situation” is in a not-so-good tax situation

Did you know that “Jersey Shore” reality show personality Michael Sorrentino, aka “The Situation”, and his brother Marc, grossed almost $9 million in a variety of ventures over four years? Me neither, until I read the U.S. District Court indictment, reported inThe New York Times,charging the brothers with conspiracy and filing false tax returns. Michael…Continue Reading

IRS security puts taxpayer info at risk

The IRS won’t contact taxpayers by email, because of security concerns. When I am representing a client, auditors generally will not send me emails, for the same reason. And the Service regularly puts out notices telling taxpayers how to maintain their privacy and not get taken in by scammers claiming to be with the government.…Continue Reading

IRS abandons voters on campaign finance mess

Don’t look to the IRS for potential relief from a tsunami of political advertising during the 2014 off-year elections. The Service announced in late May that it is pulling back proposed regulations on tax-exempt groups. That means that everyone from the billionaire Koch brothers to tree-hugging lefties will be able to fund ad campaigns through…Continue Reading