The IRS made such declaration with regard to phone calls made for the collection of taxes or requests for personal information. This change in policy is the result of various complaints from attendees of a public forum held by the Taxpayer Advocate Service on May 5, 2016.
If you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS that involves any of the above red flags, do not provide any information and hang up immediately.
This scam has been worked on more than thirty companies resulting in the theft of W-2 tax information for thousands of current and former employees. Any Ohio company that has been the victim of or experienced this or any email phishing scheme should immediately contact ODT at 1-800-282-1780 so appropriate measures can be taken to protect against potential tax fraud and safeguard Ohio taxpayer dollars. The IRS has been dealing with an increasing wave of tax scams this year in which fraudsters have been leaving messages on taxpayers’ phones claiming to be from the IRS demanding payment, and have been sending phishing emails to taxpayers purporting to come from the IRS. The letter asks taxpayers to verify their identity in order to complete processing of their return if the taxpayer did file it or reject the return if the taxpayer did not file it.
Please note that the IRS does not request such information via email, nor will the IRS call a taxpayer directly to ask this information without you receiving a letter first.
With income tax fraud and identity theft on the rise, the Ohio Department of Taxation (ODT) has implemented a new initiative to increase security measures. Taxpayers who have filed their tax returns are selected at random to receive an identity confirmation letter instructing them to complete the quiz within 60 days.
Once the quiz is complete, the taxpayer will know immediately whether or not they passed or failed.
If a taxpayer fails twice, they must mail documentation to the ODT proving their identity.  Please click here for further instructions.
Please note the selection for this Identity Confirmation Quiz is a random process and should not concern a taxpayer if they receive it. This is unrelated to the size of the refund or with the taxpayer being audited. Tax refund fraud has become a growing concern for taxpayers, state and local governments, and the federal government. The Ohio Department of Taxation (ODT) is implementing additional safeguards this tax season that will delay state tax refunds. Last year, ODT stopped an unprecedented number of fraudulent income tax returns seeking to steal refunds totaling more than $250 million.
In order for the ODT to detect refund fraud due to identity theft, an additional up-front filter will now be applied to all tax refund requests to examine the demographic information reported on a return. If a return is pulled for review, ODT’s additional security measures will require some taxpayers to successfully complete an Identification Confirmation Quiz before the return will continue to be processed.
Processing of returns for refunds will be delayed due to these additional screening and security measures.
Not only is the ODT taking aggressive action on identity theft and tax fraud but so is the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Visit the Taxpayer’s Guide to Identity Theft for helpful tips to protect yourself from identity theft or fraud. If the company has access to other customer’s money, securities or property, the policy can be endorsed to include third party coverage. With fraud and identity theft at an all-time high, you may want to review your policies and make sure you are covered!
These scams include many variations including callers saying that their victims owe money or are entitled to a huge refund. Scammers “spoof” or imitate the IRS toll-free number on caller ID to make it appear that it’s the IRS calling. If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, here’s what you should do: If you know you owe taxes or you think you might owe taxes, call the IRS at 800-829-1040. If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to think that you owe any taxes (for example, you’ve never received a bill or the caller made some bogus threats as described above) then call and report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 800-366-4484.
If you’ve been targeted by these scams, you should also contact the Federal Trade Commission and use their “FTC Complaint Assistant”  on their website. It is important to keep in mind the IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information.
Recent reports of identity theft related to tax filings have been reported by local dentists.
If someone uses your SSN to file for a tax refund before you do, the IRS might think you already filed and got your refund. If you think someone has used your SSN for a tax refund or the IRS sends you a notice or letter indicating a problem —contact the IRS Identity protection unit immediately, 1-800-908-4490. With so many fraud cases in the spotlight recently it’s hard to figure out how to protect yourself. Another large fraud area is financial statement fraud; the examples that people first relate to are usually Enron and WorldCom.
As a result of the large financial statement frauds committed in the past, financial reporting is much more regulated.
Simple checks and balances and a segregation of duties is the most effective way of preventing and detecting small-scale fraud.
The moral of the story is that fraud is out there and everyone needs to not only be aware of it but actively preventing it. Just type in the words “cyber security” as an internet search and the volume of current news stories is painfully obvious. This is such a significant topic for business owners and consumers alike because business today is conducted online.
As a business owner, you are responsible for protecting your employee’s, your customer’s and your own financial and sensitive business information.
Don’t assume that your business cannot be targeted because it is too small, and on individual terms, don’t assume that your information cannot be obtained because you “don’t shop online that much”. If you randomly receive a call from the IRS threatening to have you deported for unpaid taxes, hang up. Google Play Music has partnered with TripAdvisor to put specific travel-focused stations and soundtracks inside the TripAdvisor Android app for users browsing their next target destinations. Within the next few months, usernames, quoted tweets, photos, and other media attachments will no longer count against the tweet’s 140-character limit.
What you need to know about the phone scam and what you should do if someone calls you demanding payment.
The IRS and local officials want residents to know if they receive a call from the IRS to be careful, it could be a phone scam.The scams, which have been circulating for more than a year, are continuing and residents should be aware this is happening, that despite what you see on your Caller ID they can be altered and it may not, in fact, be the IRS calling and threatening you.
The IRS offers this assurance in an effort to combat scammers making unsolicited calls claiming to be IRS officials.
However, until recently the Internal Revenue Manual suggested the preferable way to schedule in-person field examinations was to make initial contact through phone calls. The complaints argued taxpayers has received phone calls from the IRS to schedule audits, which contradicted the IRS’ assurance of never calling first.
You can then call any of the professionals at William Vaughan Company and we will assist you in determining if you have any obligation to the IRS.
The W-2 form contains an employee’s Social Security number, salary and other confidential data. On Thursday, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen met with leaders of several of the major tax software companies, tax preparation chains, state tax commissioners and other officials to coordinate an approach to deal with identity theft. The letter gives taxpayers two options to contact the IRS and confirm whether or not they filed the return.

Taxpayers should have available their prior year tax return and their current year tax return; if they filed one, including supporting documents, such as Forms W-2 and 1099 and Schedules A and C.
Ohio’s Identity Confirmation Quiz is just one of the tools the ODT is using to prevent fraudsters from receiving a refund as a result of identity theft.
According to the ODT, the information used to populate the personal quiz comes from many public and commercial data sources and consists of current and historical information about the identified individual. For additional information or answers to frequently asked questions, please visit the ODT’s Identity Confirmation Quiz page.
This examination will then assign a “probability of fraud” factor that will determine how the return is then further processed by ODT. According to the ODT, electronic returns requesting a refund may take up to 15 days to be direct deposited and paper returns could take up to 30 days for a physical check to be mailed out.
With the third party endorsement coverage is extended to a customer or client with whom you are under contract to perform services. The IRS employees at that line can help you with a payment issue – if there really is such an issue. This includes any type of electronic communication, such as text messages and social media channels. We would like to take a moment to remind you that the IRS uses your Social Security Number (SSN) to make sure your filing is accurate and complete, and that you get any refund you are due. When you file your return later, IRS records will show the first filing and refund, and you’ll get a notice or letter from the IRS saying more than one return was filed for you. Specialists will work with you to get your tax return filed, get you any refund you are due, and protect your IRS account from identity thieves in the future. Consider filing a police report, but without a lot of information, the local police often won’t file a report. There have been many cases of credit card fraud, employee embezzlement, money laundering and so much more. It has not yet been released exactly how this theft occurred but, generally, thieves are able to hack into a company’s databases and steal the information transmitted from a credit card’s metal strip when swiped on a card reader. This fraud is often hard to detect because it is usually perpetrated by the company’s’ executives in an effort to report a better financial position than actually exists. For instance, maybe “borrowing” $100 out of the petty cash drawer and paying it back on pay-day. Transparency is the name of the game and auditors are now required to do much further testing and disclose much more than they were pre-Enron. Think about it, it’s much easier form someone to steal money from a company if they process invoices, approval invoices, and write checks vs. This service provides an anonymous and confidential way for employees and other business partners to report internal theft, bribery, harassment, and other illegal activities that could cause a loss to your company or subject it to legal exposure. The government is stepping in and putting safeguards in place but that doesn’t mean that businesses shouldn’t be doing things independent of this. With the holidays coming to a close and online sales up between 10-15% compared prior years, cyber security is an issue that is truly at the forefront for many businesses. Many well-known companies such as Apple, Facebook, and The New York Times, even federal government agencies have been in the headlines as victims to cyber crimes this year. Scammers have been trying to scare taxpayers into making false payments by impersonating the IRS over the phone. Websites exist to help prank your friends by disguising your phone number and changing your voice. These emails will direct you to a website where you’ll be asked to update your information in order to complete the e-file process, claim a refund or pay a balance due. It will also (finally) let users start tweets with usernames without first adding a period, and natively retweet themselves.
These unsolicited calls are coming from individuals demanding payment while fraudulently claiming to be from the IRS. Taxpayers usually receive prior notification of IRS enforcement action involving IRS tax liens or levies. The IRS felt it was clear their previous assurance of not calling first related only to collection calls while calls to schedule audits were a completely different function. Over the past few weeks, payroll and human resources offices at various companies across the country, including some in Ohio, have received emails that appear to come from the CEO or other high ranking management official of the company.
This information enables thieves to create a realistic looking, but fraudulent tax return requesting a tax refund that is then filed with Ohio or other states, and the IRS.
In an effort to protect taxpayers from identity theft, the IRS is releasing the Identity Letter 5071C to taxpayers whose return is deemed “suspicious” upon filing. If selected to take the quiz, you will need the reference number from your Identity Confirmation letter, your social security number (SSN) and the amount of refund claimed on your tax return. Effective 2015 tax season, the IRS is limiting the number of refunds directly deposited into a single financial account or onto a prepaid debit card. This insurance protects the employer from financial loss due to the fraudulent activities of an employee or group of employees.
An unexpected notice or letter from the IRS could alert you that someone else is using your SSN. With companies losing astronomical sums to fraud every year this begs the question: what steps are being taken to prevent fraud in the future and learn from past mistakes? Because of this, millions and millions of people are put on alert every year that their credit and debit card accounts have been compromised.
This type of fraud is usually meant to deceive stockholders, owners, investors, banks, etc. Putting a small amount of internal controls in place will save a company future time, energy, and money.
A recent article from USA Today says that 3 out of 4 companies that were attacked in 2012 were organizations with 100 or fewer employees. More recently, Target announced that the debit and credit card information of 40 MILLION shoppers had been stolen in a three week period. As a consumer, your shopping habits could be labeled as “antiquated” if you don’t conduct even a small portion of your shopping online. Scare tactics, caller ID spoofing and phishing are just a few tax scams gaining popularity. Although the email and website will mimic the IRS’ appearance, it’s actually a ploy to steal your identity. NCC officials said regional broadcast, or cell broadcast, technology would be the most feasible for Taiwan but several technical problems still have to be overcome. More than a thousand people have been victims of this scam nationwide and have lost an estimated $5 million from these scams, according to the IRS. Potential phone scam victims may be told that they owe money that must be paid immediately to the IRS or they are entitled to big refunds.
Unfortunately, the distinction is not as obvious to a taxpayer receiving a cold call from someone claiming to be from the IRS. Therefore, any of the subsequent refunds will be issued by paper check and mailed to the taxpayer. The loss can be the result of the employee’s theft of money, securities (which includes checks) or other property of the insured. Does your insurance cover you if an employee steals that credit card information and uses it?

However, the IRS does NOT contact taxpayers by sending an email, text or social media message that asks for personal or financial information.
There are several different ways that employees can embezzle money from their employers and thieves are getting more and more creative. Because they have shied away from using metals strips in credit and debit cards and have, instead, an electronic chip embedded into them. They have been changing the display information to make it seem like it’s the IRS trying to reach you for payment.
In some cases, if you click on any of the links or attachments provided, malware will be installed on your computer.  One of the easiest ways to spot a phishing scheme is to check the sender address.
Such a system allows for a single notification to be sent to all cell phone users in a particular region. In fact, those emails are a phishing scheme by cyber criminals posing as company officers and fooling employees into providing detailed payroll and W-2 information that is then used to file fraudulent tax returns. Employee dishonesty coverage can typically be added to another insurance policy, such as the property or the fiduciary liability policy.
Small-scale fraud like this is most often caught by the employer themselves so managers and supervisors need to be vigilant in taking note of this happening and ensuring that a swift punishment is delivered. The current stripe technology used in the United States is outdated; it remits the same information at the point of sale every time the card is swiped.
Criminals will usually choose an email address that closely resembles the one they’re trying to mimic. It requires that telecommunications operators first install adequate software and that users’ cell phones be equipped with the early warning function. In an effort to avoid confusion, the IRS is changing their policy and will now send a notification of audit through the U.S. The coverage may be extended to include forgery or alteration, funds transfer fraud, computer fraud, credit card fraud, money order and counterfeit fraud. The chip is state of the art and every time the card is swiped information is encrypted and as a result the information remitted is constantly changing. This notice will explain why they’re reaching out to you and instructions on what to do next. If you receive a call from an IRS impersonator and know for a fact that you don’t owe any taxes, use the IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting form at to report the incident. A big red flag for these scams are angry, threatening calls from people who say they are from the IRS and urging immediate payment. The “who” of coverage may also include all current or former employees, partners, members, directors, volunteers, trustees, seasonal employees and temporary workers at your direction or control. The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information. The IRS also does not ask for PINs, passwords or similar confidential access information for credit card, bank or other financial accounts.
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AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF PAGING CARRIERS American Association of Paging Carriers Global Paging ConventionJune 14 - 16, 2011Nashville, TNDoubletree Hotel Nashville – Downtown Register Today! TABLE TOP EXHIBITSTable top space is available for your company to display your products and services.
You may use a pop-up display instead of the table as long as it does not exceed 10 feet in width; A complimentary registration that includes entry to the sessions and food functions. With a little extra effort, a wet cloth works just as well as a store-bought disinfectant wipe, say University of Alberta researchers.Dr. Sarah Forgie and medical student Andrea Berendt tested several types of alcohol-based disinfectant wipes against just a wet cloth dipped in salt water, trying to measure which would clean an object like a cellphone or pager better.The results surprised them. They found as long as they wiped the cloth over the plastic more than once, the wet cloth worked fine, said Forgie, who presented her findings Wednesday. They were recently published in the journal PubMed.She tested with saline solution, or salt water, but tap water might work, too, she said. Although we can’t extrapolate too much from this lab bench experiment, it reassures me. Who uses them?" Ralph Heredia, CEO of handheld firm ZipIt, had a pretty common view when he got a call from Verizon Wireless last year asking him to develop a next-generation beeper. They can't afford to swap out something they're paying $8-10 a month for," Heredia said. ZipIt makes little Wi-Fi handhelds that let kids IM within their house without using a computer. The imposingly named new Enterprise Critical Messaging Solution switches seamlessly between the Verizon 3G network and various in-building, Wi-Fi access points to let doctors and other professionals keep receiving pages wherever they are. The ZipIt Now device, which replaces pagers, is a little more expensive than a pager at $149.99 with a $15 per month service plan, but it offers a lot of things pagers don't. The system has flexible group messaging (doctors nowadays have to carry multiple pagers if they're in multiple groups), guaranteed delivery, remote management, remote data transfer and wiping, the ability to turn off cellular data in sensitive areas, and all the stuff that has made BlackBerrys so popular in businesses. The rugged device does have one down side: based on modern technology, its battery life isn't as good as a traditional pager. Messages transfer using a proprietary data protocol, not SMS, because ECMS needs to guarantee prompt delivery. CVC owns and operates two separate earth stations and specializes in uplink services for paging carriers. That segment may now play a critical role in the company's next incarnation as it proceeds with plans to acquire communications integrator Amcom Software of Eden Prairie, Minn.If USA Mobility represents a declining mode of communication, Amcom would probably be its antithesis. As smartphones and tablet devices become more common tools for health-care professionals, Amcom helps hospitals merge multiple devices into a single communication network.The use of mobile devices in the health industry is not ubiquitous yet, but researchers who track the sector say it is trending that direction. For the average consumer, they were the first foray into an always-connected society, before mobile phones became affordable.Kelly said his health-care clients continue to use the devices because they can push short, rapid-fire messages across a network that's often more reliable than cellular service. Essentially, they have only one central function but they consistently deliver.But consumers and professionals demand more of their devices today, including data-intensive functions such as video and Internet. The deal with Amcom was priced at $163 million, and Kelly said the software company can be easily blended into USA's business. Health care makes up 66 percent of Amcom's business, and both companies also have overlapping market segments in government and large organizations.
Comments on the remaining sections are due on April 18, 2011, and reply comments are due on May 23, 2011. Comments are due for the State Members of the Joint Board on Universal Service on May 2, 2011.
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