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Beware tax preparer fraud, other ‘dirty dozen’ scams

Susan Ladika
How to avoid tax prep scams

If you’re rushing to get your tax return in the mail, take care when choosing your tax preparer. If you don’t, you could lose your refund and face fines or jail time if your preparer files a fraudulent return. Tax…
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Bad manners! Restaurants encourage double-tipping

Jenny Hoff

Double-dipping at a restaurant is bad table manners. Equally rude are restaurants that encourage double-tipping. Despite the IRS cracking down on the way automatic gratuities are treated, (they must now be labeled as a service charge, which means for servers…
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Don’t dismiss tax fraud concerns, be alert

Sienna Kossman

If your tax season is more about getting the highest tax refund possible and less about protecting yourself from fraud, you might want to rethink your priorities. Tax fraud is a real threat this year. The IRS is currently on…
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How I don’t fall victim to phone scammers

Susan Ladika

In the past couple of months I’ve gotten repeated phone messages from a company implying it wanted to serve me with legal papers; a debt collector looking for someone named Janice Leake; the “U.S. government” calling from a Kansas City area code; a number reportedly associated with a credit card rate reduction scam; a call from an area code that doesn’t exist; and several other numbers that I don’t know.

I don’t trust anybody anymore — at least not if they’re calling me from a phone number I don’t recognize.

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Phantom ‘income’ from forgiven debt leads to real tax bill

Fred Williams

A forgiven loan can put hundreds or thousands of dollars on your tax return — even if the money never went into your pocket.
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