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.
New Idea Would Fight Tax Related ID Theft

New Idea Would Fight Tax-Related Identity Theft

A new tactic in the fight against tax-related identity theft is being floated among congressional staffers these days. Accounting Today reports that tax experts...
W-2 Email Scam Still “In the Wild”

W-2 Email Scam Still “In the Wild”

It’s called a BEC, for Business Email Compromise, and it’s one of the most dangerous phishing email schemes trending nationwide from a tax administration perspective.
Require Secure Passwords and Authentication

Require Secure Passwords and Authentication

It’s a scenario that ought to scare the heck out of us all: You come into the office early one Monday morning only to find that someone from outside the organization has managed to get into your computer system.
Prevent Remote Access Takeover Attacks

Prevent Remote Access Takeover Attacks

The tactics of phishing emails, hacked security measures and secretly installed malware have been major topics of discussion in the industry in recent months.
Taxpayers with Expiring ITINs to be Notified

Taxpayers with Expiring ITINs to be Notified

The Internal Revenue Service has begun mailing letters to more than a million taxpayers who have Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs) that will expire at the end of the year.
New Scam Targets Tax Pros

New Phishing Scam Targets Tax Pros

A new phishing email scam impersonates a message from a tax software provider in an effort to fool tax professionals into giving up their...
Billions in Potential Taxes Underreported by Employers Going Uncollected

Billions in Potential Taxes Underreported by Employers Going Uncollected

A new audit finds that the Internal Revenue Service isn’t addressing billions of dollars in potential taxes that are underreported by employers.
Ransomware Attacks on Rise Among Preparers

Ransomware Attacks on Rise Among Preparers

The IRS says only a handful of tax professionals have been hit by ransomware cyber-scams, but there will be more.
Audit Finds IRS Sometimes Rehires Fired Employees

Audit Finds IRS Sometimes Rehires Fired Employees

An audit by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) says the Internal Revenue Service needs to do a better job of keeping fired employees from being rehired by the agency.
Numbers Show Ground Gained Against Identity Theft

Numbers Show Ground Gained Against Identity Theft

The latest statistics clearly show the IRS and the tax industry at large are succeeding against identity thieves and fraudsters.

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PTIN Renewal Underway Once Again

PTIN Renewal Underway Once Again
A recent federal court ruling that struck down the Internal Revenue Service’s user fee for issuing or renewing Preparer Tax Identification Numbers (PTINs) took away the fee, but left the PTIN itself in service. The renewal of PTINs – without charge – is now...

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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