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.
IRS Has Extra Staff This Week for eServices Accounts

IRS Has Extra Staff This Week for eServices Accounts

Tax professions who need to reinstate their e-Services accounts have a little unexpected help available this week. The Internal Revenue Service added extra staff Tuesday with the mission of assist tax pros.
Late Season Email Scams Unleashed

Late-Season Email Scams Unleashed This Tax Season

Tax professionals and taxpayers alike are being warned that new email scams could derail plans for a refund this tax season. As the filing season...
IRS Still Working to Cope with Identity Theft, Service Issues

IRS Still Working to Cope with Identity Theft, Service Issues

While the tax season thus far has been described as relatively problem-free, the Internal Revenue Service concedes the agency is still trying to come to grips with identity theft and quality-of-service issues.
IRS Student Loan Tool Taken Offline

IRS Student Loan Tool Taken Offline

A tool on the Internal Revenue Service website that allows students to download information from their tax returns – or the returns of their parents – has been taken offline unexpectedly.
States Begin Sending Refunds

States Begin Sending Tax Refunds

The effort to thwart identity theft and tax fraud has made this tax season more frustrating than usual for a lot of American taxpayers. Besides new rules on security at the federal level, numerous states have taken big steps to increase security on their end as well.
Tax Audit Chances Dip to 2004 Levels

Tax Audit Chances Dip to 2004 Levels

American tax payers have roughly the same chances of being audited by the Internal Revenue Service as a taxpayer back in 2004. But it’s not because they’re doing a better job on their income tax return.
IRS Still Has Some 2013 Tax Refunds

IRS Still Has Some 2013 Tax Refunds

We’ve always been skeptical of that old marketing phrase, “Free Money.” But some taxpayers who filed their 2013 returns may still have a tax...
Don’t Forget the Tax Credit for an Energy-Efficient Home

Don’t Forget the Tax Credit for an Energy-Efficient Home

Taxpayers who made certain energy-efficient improvements to their homes last year may qualify for a tax credit.
Tax Scammers Target Hearing-Impaired

Tax Scammers Target Hearing-Impaired

Chalk up a new low for those who seek to steal taxpayers’ personal information. The Internal Revenue Service says a scam has surfaced that uses Video Relay Services (VRS) to trick hearing-impaired taxpayers into divulging personal and financial information to identity thieves.
Security Summit Renews Alert on “Access Locked” Scam

Security Summit Renews Alert on “Access Locked” Scam

A few days ago, Taxing Subjects alerted tax professionals to a scam that targeted their tax software accounts. Now, the Security Summit, the joint tax task force of Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and tax industry partners, has issued more information on the scam and guidance on what to do.

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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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