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The Scariest IRS Scams – Learn How to Avoid Them
We’ve started to consider income taxes as those 1099 and W-2 forms move in. The criminals out there have also started to think about upgrading their scam techniques. This article would serve as a guide on how to determine if the person calling is truly an IRS agent or a criminal, as this happens to be the most common means of scamming people.
• First assume it is a scam: The IRS does not call people asking them to immediately pay their taxes, instead they will send a message to you via mail. In the event that you truly have taxes due for payment, it’s best you call the IRS with this number: 800-829-1040.
• Quickly end the call: Try as much as possible not to connect with the caller. Don’t give out any form of detail; doing this will only expose you to additional fake calls. The best thing to do is to end the call.
• Report the occurrence to the IRS: If you were contacted via phone call, quickly report the event to this number: 800-366-4484 (United States Treasury Inspector General of Tax Administration). If you were contacted via email, you should forward the message straight to the IRS using this link: phishing@irs.gov
We believe these few simple tips will help you stay safe from the criminals.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) continue to receive reports from taxpayers saying they got false calls from people ordering payment while deceitfully claiming to be an IRS agent.
Statistically TIGTA has recorded over 90,000 complaints via their telephone hotline, till this very moment, TIGTA has recorded about 1,100 victims of scam who have mislaid an estimated $6M.
John Koskinen, an IRS Commissioner stated that “there are obvious signs that warn about these scary scams which persist at high levels all through the country. He went ahead to add that “taxpayers should not forget that their first IRS contact will never be a call from nowhere, but via official e-mail messages sent to your mail. Flag off all angry and threatening calls from individuals claiming they are IRS agents and demanding quick payment. This is never how the IRS operates! You should quickly end the call and contact the IRS or TIGTA”.
In addition, it is very essential for taxpayers to understand how the IRS operates. Take note that:
• The IRS will never demand that you use a certain payment system to make tax payments
• The IRS will never ask for information of your debit card, credit card, or prepaid card over the phone
• The IRS will never demand instant payment over the phone and will not immediately take any enforcement action after a phone call. Taxpayers normally get early notifications of IRS enforcement actions.
Potential victims of phone scam may perhaps be reminded of their overdue taxes that must be paid to the IRS immediately or they’re entitled to huge refunds. In the event that they failed on the first try, oftentimes the criminals call back using a new technique.
Other features of these scams consist of:
• Scammers might be able to narrate the last 4 digits of your Social Security Number.
• Scammers make use of false IRS badge numbers and names. They usually make use of a common name and surname to identify them.
• Scammers manipulate the IRS toll free number to make it look like it is the IRS truly calling.
• Scammers from time to time send out false e-mail messages to few victims to assist their fake calls.
• Victims sometimes hear noise of other ongoing calls on the background being conducted to imitate a call site.
• After intimidating and frightening victims with license revocation, arrests, jail time and so on, scammers end the call and soon someone else calls back claiming to be from the police and the caller ID backs their claim.
You should be careful with the fraudsters! In case of any call or message that appears false, you should contact the IRS or TIGTA immediately.
Don’t fall victim! Help the IRS and TIGTA apprehend these crooks!
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The Scariest IRS Scams – Learn How to Avoid Them
We’ve started to consider income taxes as those 1099 and W-2 forms move in. The criminals out there have also started to think about upgrading their scam techniques. This article would serve as a guide on how to determine if the person calling is truly an IRS agent or a criminal, as this happens to be the most common means of scamming people.
• First assume it is a scam: The IRS does not call people asking them to immediately pay their taxes, instead they will send a message to you via mail. In the event that you truly have taxes due for payment, it’s best you call the IRS with this number: 800-829-1040.
• Quickly end the call: Try as much as possible not to connect with the caller. Don’t give out any form of detail; doing this will only expose you to additional fake calls. The best thing to do is to end the call.
• Report the occurrence to the IRS: If you were contacted via phone call, quickly report the event to this number: 800-366-4484 (United States Treasury Inspector General of Tax Administration). If you were contacted via email, you should forward the message straight to the IRS using this link: phishing@irs.gov
We believe these few simple tips will help you stay safe from the criminals.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) continue to receive reports from taxpayers saying they got false calls from people ordering payment while deceitfully claiming to be an IRS agent.
Statistically TIGTA has recorded over 90,000 complaints via their telephone hotline, till this very moment, TIGTA has recorded about 1,100 victims of scam who have mislaid an estimated $6M.
John Koskinen, an IRS Commissioner stated that “there are obvious signs that warn about these scary scams which persist at high levels all through the country. He went ahead to add that “taxpayers should not forget that their first IRS contact will never be a call from nowhere, but via official e-mail messages sent to your mail. Flag off all angry and threatening calls from individuals claiming they are IRS agents and demanding quick payment. This is never how the IRS operates! You should quickly end the call and contact the IRS or TIGTA”.
In addition, it is very essential for taxpayers to understand how the IRS operates. Take note that:
• The IRS will never demand that you use a certain payment system to make tax payments
• The IRS will never ask for information of your debit card, credit card, or prepaid card over the phone
• The IRS will never demand instant payment over the phone and will not immediately take any enforcement action after a phone call. Taxpayers normally get early notifications of IRS enforcement actions.
Potential victims of phone scam may perhaps be reminded of their overdue taxes that must be paid to the IRS immediately or they’re entitled to huge refunds. In the event that they failed on the first try, oftentimes the criminals call back using a new technique.
Other features of these scams consist of:
• Scammers might be able to narrate the last 4 digits of your Social Security Number.
• Scammers make use of false IRS badge numbers and names. They usually make use of a common name and surname to identify them.
• Scammers manipulate the IRS toll free number to make it look like it is the IRS truly calling.
• Scammers from time to time send out false e-mail messages to few victims to assist their fake calls.
• Victims sometimes hear noise of other ongoing calls on the background being conducted to imitate a call site.
• After intimidating and frightening victims with license revocation, arrests, jail time and so on, scammers end the call and soon someone else calls back claiming to be from the police and the caller ID backs their claim.
You should be careful with the fraudsters! In case of any call or message that appears false, you should contact the IRS or TIGTA immediately.
Don’t fall victim! Help the IRS and TIGTA apprehend these crooks!
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IRS Extends Tax Deadlines for Hurricane Irma Victims in Florida
The IRS (Internal Revenue Service) is extending the tax deadline for victims of Hurricane Irma in Florida up until January 31st to file certain business and personal tax returns and also to make their tax payment.
The IRS stated Friday that contains an added filing extension for the taxpayers with applicable extensions that ends on October 16th, and also businesses with extensions that ended just few weeks ago which was on September 15th. The IRS stated that it is giving the extended deadline to any county selected by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, as being eligible for either public assistance or individual assistance in Florida.
The tax release program will hold back a number of tax payment and tax filing deadlines starting from September 4th, 2017 in Florida. Due to this, the IRS is offering individuals and organizations that are involved in the hurricane disaster until January 31st, 2018, to have their returns filed and pay up any taxes that are due within this period.
Are you aware that:
• Without the extended deadline, victims of hurricane Irma who pay their taxes quarterly would have been confronted with the deadline last week Friday which was September 15.
• The new date, approved to victims of Harvey as well, applies to inhabitants of declared disaster counties.
• People rendering relief efforts and those who depend on documents found in affected places should call the IRS if they’ll make effort to file on time.
This exercise is simply giving taxpayers that are affected by Hurricane Irma an official pardon from meeting some filing deadlines.
In addition, in the event that you filed your returns for an extension in 2016, the due date for receiving your paperwork is pushed back to January 31st rather than October 16th. If you’re in debt to the IRS, you will still be faced with a late-payment consequence and interest, because the 2016 payments were expired few months back, on 18th April. The deadline extension also applies to persons and businesses affected by Hurricane Irma.
Places within Florida Affected by the Hurricane Irma
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) stated that areas within Florida that are affected by the Harvey will benefit from this program. These areas include:
• South Bay
• Moore Haven
• Lake Harbor
• Clewiston
• Pahokee
• Canal Point
• Pahokee
• Brevard
• Monroe
• Palm Beach
• St. Lucie
• Pinellas, etc.
These and many more counties are currently qualified for deadline and tax payment reprieve. Check the Federal Emergency Management Agency list updates for added areas that are qualified for disaster support, taxpayers residing in those areas will also be added in the IRS action.
If you are a taxpayer residing outside the affected area but you depend greatly on paperwork coming from the area affected by Hurricane Irma, you should call the IRS immediately and you can also get an official pardon on future deadlines.
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IRS Extends Tax Deadlines for Hurricane Irma Victims in Florida
The IRS (Internal Revenue Service) is extending the tax deadline for victims of Hurricane Irma in Florida up until January 31st to file certain business and personal tax returns and also to make their tax payment.
The IRS stated Friday that contains an added filing extension for the taxpayers with applicable extensions that ends on October 16th, and also businesses with extensions that ended just few weeks ago which was on September 15th. The IRS stated that it is giving the extended deadline to any county selected by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, as being eligible for either public assistance or individual assistance in Florida.
The tax release program will hold back a number of tax payment and tax filing deadlines starting from September 4th, 2017 in Florida. Due to this, the IRS is offering individuals and organizations that are involved in the hurricane disaster until January 31st, 2018, to have their returns filed and pay up any taxes that are due within this period.
Are you aware that:
• Without the extended deadline, victims of hurricane Irma who pay their taxes quarterly would have been confronted with the deadline last week Friday which was September 15.
• The new date, approved to victims of Harvey as well, applies to inhabitants of declared disaster counties.
• People rendering relief efforts and those who depend on documents found in affected places should call the IRS if they’ll make effort to file on time.
This exercise is simply giving taxpayers that are affected by Hurricane Irma an official pardon from meeting some filing deadlines.
In addition, in the event that you filed your returns for an extension in 2016, the due date for receiving your paperwork is pushed back to January 31st rather than October 16th. If you’re in debt to the IRS, you will still be faced with a late-payment consequence and interest, because the 2016 payments were expired few months back, on 18th April. The deadline extension also applies to persons and businesses affected by Hurricane Irma.
Places within Florida Affected by the Hurricane Irma
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) stated that areas within Florida that are affected by the Harvey will benefit from this program. These areas include:
• South Bay
• Moore Haven
• Lake Harbor
• Clewiston
• Pahokee
• Canal Point
• Pahokee
• Brevard
• Monroe
• Palm Beach
• St. Lucie
• Pinellas, etc.
These and many more counties are currently qualified for deadline and tax payment reprieve. Check the Federal Emergency Management Agency list updates for added areas that are qualified for disaster support, taxpayers residing in those areas will also be added in the IRS action.
If you are a taxpayer residing outside the affected area but you depend greatly on paperwork coming from the area affected by Hurricane Irma, you should call the IRS immediately and you can also get an official pardon on future deadlines.
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IRS Extends Tax Deadlines for Hurricane Irma Victims in Florida
The IRS (Internal Revenue Service) is extending the tax deadline for victims of Hurricane Irma in Florida up until January 31st to file certain business and personal tax returns and also to make their tax payment.
The IRS stated Friday that contains an added filing extension for the taxpayers with applicable extensions that ends on October 16th, and also businesses with extensions that ended just few weeks ago which was on September 15th. The IRS stated that it is giving the extended deadline to any county selected by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, as being eligible for either public assistance or individual assistance in Florida.
The tax release program will hold back a number of tax payment and tax filing deadlines starting from September 4th, 2017 in Florida. Due to this, the IRS is offering individuals and organizations that are involved in the hurricane disaster until January 31st, 2018, to have their returns filed and pay up any taxes that are due within this period.
Are you aware that:
• Without the extended deadline, victims of hurricane Irma who pay their taxes quarterly would have been confronted with the deadline last week Friday which was September 15.
• The new date, approved to victims of Harvey as well, applies to inhabitants of declared disaster counties.
• People rendering relief efforts and those who depend on documents found in affected places should call the IRS if they’ll make effort to file on time.
This exercise is simply giving taxpayers that are affected by Hurricane Irma an official pardon from meeting some filing deadlines.
In addition, in the event that you filed your returns for an extension in 2016, the due date for receiving your paperwork is pushed back to January 31st rather than October 16th. If you’re in debt to the IRS, you will still be faced with a late-payment consequence and interest, because the 2016 payments were expired few months back, on 18th April. The deadline extension also applies to persons and businesses affected by Hurricane Irma.
Places within Florida Affected by the Hurricane Irma
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) stated that areas within Florida that are affected by the Harvey will benefit from this program. These areas include:
• South Bay
• Moore Haven
• Lake Harbor
• Clewiston
• Pahokee
• Canal Point
• Pahokee
• Brevard
• Monroe
• Palm Beach
• St. Lucie
• Pinellas, etc.
These and many more counties are currently qualified for deadline and tax payment reprieve. Check the Federal Emergency Management Agency list updates for added areas that are qualified for disaster support, taxpayers residing in those areas will also be added in the IRS action.
If you are a taxpayer residing outside the affected area but you depend greatly on paperwork coming from the area affected by Hurricane Irma, you should call the IRS immediately and you can also get an official pardon on future deadlines.
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TOP 10 BEST SMALL BUSINESS FIELDS TO BE IN FOR FLORIDA
Are they any lucrative business opportunities to begin with small capital in Florida? Florida happens to be a state in America. It’s a very big state with a large number of inhabitants which makes it an ideal place for business because of its population. You can find more than enough business fields in Florida which you can invest in with small capital.
Top Fields and Investment Ideas to Start in Florida with Small Capital
Among the many things that makes business ideas unique in Florida is that there’s no state or local revenue tax, it has a strong and operational local economy, and also there’s a considerable amount of tourists that visits Florida every year.
1. Visitors/ Tourist guide
There are over 10,000 tourists per year visiting Florida, this is a large number, in the event that you completely understand your way around the city, and can embark on this nice business idea with profitable returns in Florida, you have to be a friendly and sociable person. In Southern Florida, this business is counted among the best part-time businesses [if you’re starting alone], however, if it’s a venture, you can startup full-time immediately.
2. Transport Service
Florida is a busy area due to the amount of tourists that visits. Therefore, much transport service will be required to move both locals and tourists from place to place. You can make good daily income if you own a car plus a valid driving license.
Should in case you’re considering starting as a company, you’ll need to register as a transport company in order to start up this trending business.
3. Translation
Florida is a multicultural and multilingual state similar to most states in America. As a result of this, translation of language is regularly needed and because thousands of tourists visits Florida yearly, a translator is often required to assist translate the language of tourists to the locals and vice versa. Therefore, locals that want to sell to tourists must employ a translator that will assist with the translation for effective communication.
4. Export Business
Florida has a very big port from where goods can be exported effectively to anywhere in the world. So, whether you’re into food processing, or agricultural practices, and you have knowledge of the strategies involved, you can start up this resourceful small business idea.
5. Errand Service
Nowadays, most people are unable to do what they wish on a daily basis because of their tight schedule, due to this fact, they require the help of someone, things like – school pickups, walking the dog, babysitting, etc. Florida is just the right place to get into the errand service business.
6. Smartphone Repairs
Statistically, 9 out of 10 individuals who live in Florida have a Smartphone. However the requirement for starting up this business is that you ought to have technical knowledge about Smartphone and how to repair them. Having this number of people, you must agree with me that a day won’t pass by without having to repair at least 10 phones.
7. Baby Sitting
The residents living in Florida would cheerfully pay for babysitting job because they do not always have time to stay with or care for their babies. Make sure you don’t have any criminal record before applying to take up this job, because many people run a background checkup before employing you to cater for their child. This creative offline business idea is trending in Key West Florida and is appropriate for women.
8. Restaurant/food vendor
Food intake is certain by every living thing and because many of them are tourists and they have a very busy schedule, they don’t find time to prepare some food, so they would gladly pay to eat good food. In case you have a nice cooking skill, you should try operating a mobile food vendor or restaurant.
9. Event organizing
As mentioned earlier, because of the busy schedule, many individuals do not always have time to care for themselves, or planning their occasion, and oftentimes people do not have planning skills. So in case you’ve got planning skills, you should put it to test. This wouldn’t cost much, only a few bucks to get your business card ready.
10. Tutoring
Being a tutor, you’ll have to lecture people on different subjects and topics related to academics. Lectures can be planned during holidays or after school period to assist students do better with their grades. You can offer tutoring service to students physically or online.
Note: All these resourceful businesses in Florida are only suggestions; you need to be really dedicated in order to make money choosing any of these 10 top fields.
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TOP 10 BEST SMALL BUSINESS FIELDS TO BE IN FOR FLORIDA
Are they any lucrative business opportunities to begin with small capital in Florida? Florida happens to be a state in America. It’s a very big state with a large number of inhabitants which makes it an ideal place for business because of its population. You can find more than enough business fields in Florida which you can invest in with small capital.
Top Fields and Investment Ideas to Start in Florida with Small Capital
Among the many things that makes business ideas unique in Florida is that there’s no state or local revenue tax, it has a strong and operational local economy, and also there’s a considerable amount of tourists that visits Florida every year.
1. Visitors/ Tourist guide
There are over 10,000 tourists per year visiting Florida, this is a large number, in the event that you completely understand your way around the city, and can embark on this nice business idea with profitable returns in Florida, you have to be a friendly and sociable person. In Southern Florida, this business is counted among the best part-time businesses [if you’re starting alone], however, if it’s a venture, you can startup full-time immediately.
2. Transport Service
Florida is a busy area due to the amount of tourists that visits. Therefore, much transport service will be required to move both locals and tourists from place to place. You can make good daily income if you own a car plus a valid driving license.
Should in case you’re considering starting as a company, you’ll need to register as a transport company in order to start up this trending business.
3. Translation
Florida is a multicultural and multilingual state similar to most states in America. As a result of this, translation of language is regularly needed and because thousands of tourists visits Florida yearly, a translator is often required to assist translate the language of tourists to the locals and vice versa. Therefore, locals that want to sell to tourists must employ a translator that will assist with the translation for effective communication.
4. Export Business
Florida has a very big port from where goods can be exported effectively to anywhere in the world. So, whether you’re into food processing, or agricultural practices, and you have knowledge of the strategies involved, you can start up this resourceful small business idea.
5. Errand Service
Nowadays, most people are unable to do what they wish on a daily basis because of their tight schedule, due to this fact, they require the help of someone, things like – school pickups, walking the dog, babysitting, etc. Florida is just the right place to get into the errand service business.
6. Smartphone Repairs
Statistically, 9 out of 10 individuals who live in Florida have a Smartphone. However the requirement for starting up this business is that you ought to have technical knowledge about Smartphone and how to repair them. Having this number of people, you must agree with me that a day won’t pass by without having to repair at least 10 phones.
7. Baby Sitting
The residents living in Florida would cheerfully pay for babysitting job because they do not always have time to stay with or care for their babies. Make sure you don’t have any criminal record before applying to take up this job, because many people run a background checkup before employing you to cater for their child. This creative offline business idea is trending in Key West Florida and is appropriate for women.
8. Restaurant/food vendor
Food intake is certain by every living thing and because many of them are tourists and they have a very busy schedule, they don’t find time to prepare some food, so they would gladly pay to eat good food. In case you have a nice cooking skill, you should try operating a mobile food vendor or restaurant.
9. Event organizing
As mentioned earlier, because of the busy schedule, many individuals do not always have time to care for themselves, or planning their occasion, and oftentimes people do not have planning skills. So in case you’ve got planning skills, you should put it to test. This wouldn’t cost much, only a few bucks to get your business card ready.
10. Tutoring
Being a tutor, you’ll have to lecture people on different subjects and topics related to academics. Lectures can be planned during holidays or after school period to assist students do better with their grades. You can offer tutoring service to students physically or online.
Note: All these resourceful businesses in Florida are only suggestions; you need to be really dedicated in order to make money choosing any of these 10 top fields.
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AFFORDABLE WAYS TO WEATHER PROOF YOUR HOME
Planning for the winter weather is an awesome approach to green up your resident and organize its energy so that you can always turn down your indoor regulator and save both money and energy this winter.

The following are some simple and affordable ways to weatherproof your home for the winter:
WINDOWS:
1. Ensure your windows are correctly installed:
In the event that you have more established windows, make sure your storm windows are in decent shape and closed properly all around your home. Storm windows help to give an extra layer of shield against the cool winter air.
2. Include plastic coverings to the inside of the windows:
From the inside of the windows, you can simply include plastic coverings that additionally help to protect old and drafty windows. You can put the plastic cover over wooden blinds, and make sure you put a hole right at the top for easy opening when you pull its cord. If you do this, it allows the sun shine inside the home and helps to warm the home.
3. Include drapes or shades:
A nice drape or shade helps to protect and draft out cold air from your home, not only through the windows, but also from around the frames. It is essential to properly shut the drapes when night comes due to the cold temperature, and open them throughout the day in order to utilize the energy from the sun to heat up your home.
DOORS
4. Repair leaks and openings around doors
In order to know if your door has opening or not, light up a candle and move it across the door frame in your house. If the light wave unsteadily, then there is a leak, therefore fix the opening with weather stripping or caulk.
5. Utilize door draft stoppers:
You should consider purchasing a door draft stopper, or you can create one yourself if you are crafty. Place the draft stoppers next to your outside door to help protect the home from drafts that leak in beneath the door.
AROUND THE HOUSE
6. Protect your outlet:
This may sound awkward, but truly many electrical outlets in older homes do not have protection around them. This could be an avenue for cold air or an area that warm air can seep out of your home as they’re basically just an opening in the wall. In order to protect your outlets, buy foam padding that fits easily around your light switches or electrical outlets. Always remember to be careful and follow instructions when working around electricity!
7. Consider getting a water heater insulating blanket:
By insulating your water heater you can save up energy by lowering heat lost from the sides of the heater by 25 – 40 percent, which will help out in reducing the cost of your energy bills.
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