Bob Williams

Bob Williams
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Forget genes; I’ve got words in my DNA. Communication has been part of who I am nearly all my life. From a long career in radio news to another one in newspapers – and a University of Georgia journalism degree sandwiched between the two – language has been my life. I’ve also been fortunate to have learned the tax business from the ground up here at Drake, starting with 1040.com online forms some years ago before moving on to work on the Web. In all things tax-ish, we aim to give you tools you can use.
Identity Thieves Have Gone to the Dark Side of the Internet

Identity Thieves Have Gone to the Dark Side of the Net

Some cybercrime doesn’t even take the effort of a hack to make a payday. It’s as easy as shopping online. Computer security journalist Brian Krebs says would-be fraudsters have only to visit an online shop that offers buyers SSNs, stolen credit card numbers and stolen W-2 data on real people.
Phishing the Threat of Choice of Identity Thieves

Phishing the Threat of Choice of Identity Thieves

During the 2016 tax season the IRS and tax preparers alike saw a big spike in phishing and malware incidents. Unfortunately, the 2017 season is shaping up to be more of the same. In fact, the Internal Revenue Service has included these phishing schemes to its “Dirty Dozen” list of the worst tax scams.
Scammers Expanding Their W-2 Phishing Effort

Scammers Expanding Their W-2 Phishing Effort

Identity thieves are widening their email scams in the latest attempt to steal personal and financial information. The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and tax professionals have issued an urgent alert that the scammers are now targeting school districts, businesses (such as chain restaurants), tribal organizations and nonprofits.
GAO Cites IRS Shortcomings on Identity Theft

GAO Cites IRS Shortcomings on Identity Theft

The good news is the GAO found taxpayers calling the IRS received better service during the 2016 filing season. However, the study also determined that during the regular 2016 calendar year, information that could help alert taxpayers they were victims of identity theft was hard to obtain, either from www.irs.gov or through IRS customer service.
Special EITC Rules May Help Taxpayers with Disabilities

Special EITC Rules May Help Taxpayers with Disabilities

The Earned Income Tax Credit is fairly well-known to be aimed at workers who don’t earn a lot of money in their jobs and...
Crooks Unleash Spoofing Campaign for Second Time

Crooks Unleash Spoofing Campaign for Second Time

An email scam is making the rounds for a second time, attempting to trick company payroll or human resource departments into sending employee information...
Some Preparers May Get EITC Letter from IRS

Some Preparers May Get EITC Letter from IRS

The Internal Revenue Service is sending a reminder to some tax preparers, reminding them that the Earned Income Tax Credit claimed in one of their returns was missing needed due diligence.
Safeguarding the Keys to Your Kingdom

Safeguarding the Keys to Your Kingdom

As you know, tax preparation these days is all about the data. There’s your data – e-Services logins, tax software and business data; and there’s client data – the bits and pieces we put together to make a successful income tax return.
States Will Take Longer to Push Out Refunds

States Will Take Longer to Push Out Refunds

Taxpayers who have a state income tax refund coming will have to be more patient than in previous years. A number of states have put delays into their refund processes to give them more time to validate return information.
After the Hack

After the Hack

Over the past months, we’ve shared a lot of information with you about how best to defend your office from a data breach or some other security incident. But what happens if the unthinkable happens. You know – someone gains access to your personal, professional or client data; someone who stole it. Then what?

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New Scam Targets Tax Professionals

Security Summit Warns of New Email Scam
The Internal Revenue Service today announced a new email scam from cybercriminals that targets tax professionals. Using a two-stage process, this latest phishing scheme attempts to collect private data from tax preparers.

IRS Announces the First Day of Tax Season, Issues Refund Delay Reminder

IRS Announces the First Day of Tax Season, Issues Refund Delay Reminder
Tax professionals across the country are gearing up for tax season, which the Internal Revenue Service today announced will officially begin on January 23, 2017. The press release included yet another reminder about PATH Act-delayed refunds: taxpayers claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) will not have their refund issued until February 15, 2017.

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Improve Your Efficiency in 2016 For the tax industry, the months leading into January build tension in increments, like a banjo string tightening from every turn of the tuning peg. The days are filled with preparatory tasks for tax professionals and software developers alike, a...

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