An End Of Summer Troubling Tax Tidbit

Summer is swiftly coming to an end.

It’s time to think about getting the kids back to school. And what a relief, there’s been little to no thought about taxes. Sure, we think about the sales tax breaks we get buying back to school items and clothing this time of year, but that’s actually enjoyable.

On the other hand, I think about taxes all year and I like to keep my clients up-to-date on items of interest that might affect them when tax time rolls around. In the recent past, we have been thinking about all the scammers and tax fraud criminals to help people try to avoid. That is still an area of concern for taxpayers. Hopefully most people now know not to fall for the fear tactics these criminals use.

And now we have another issue to throw us all for a loop and it comes directly out of the IRS.

The IRS has rehired more than 200 employees who were previously involved in agency misconduct such as falsifying documents or having unauthorized access to sensitive taxpayer information.

This comes as the result of an audit from the Treasury Inspector General for the Tax Administration. According to the report following the audit, “Four had cheated on their own tax returns and another four had been probed for improperly accessing taxpayer records, the website said.”

Great. Now taxpayers have to worry about having their identities stolen from the very people they must give all of their important financial information to.

Just in case you didn’t have enough to think about, I thought I’d give you something to put on the back burner for the 2017 tax season.

Barry Fowler is licensed to represent taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and is a longstanding member of several tax industry professional organizations including the National Association of Enrolled Agents (NAEA), National Association of Tax Preparers (NATP), Texas Society of Enrolled Agents (TSEA), and the American Society of Tax Problem Solvers (ASTPS). With experience in the tax and finance industry spanning over twenty years, Fowler’s expertise includes tax resolution, personal financial planning, tax return preparation, financial statements, and general ledger bookkeeping. He has been instrumental in helping hundreds of people resolve complex tax issues with the IRS.

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