Tax Info You Need to Know

Beware of IRS Scam the IRS DOES NOT initiate contact with taxpayers by any method other than USPS mail. Not by phone call, not social media, not email, not text.  If you receive an email purporting to be from IRS, DO NOT click on the link.
DO forward the email to phishing@irs.gov, Subject: IRS email scam; then delete the email.
If you receive a phone call, you can ignore it, report it, or, if you think for some reason it MAY be real, get the callers full name, badge number, call back number and caller ID if possible and call  1 800 366-4484 to find out if caller is in fact an IRS agent with legitimate need to contact you. If caller is IRS agent, call them back. If not, you can report incident to phishing@irs.gov, Subject: IRS phone scam                                                                                                                                                                            

11/17/16

IRS Scam -- Fraudulent CP2000 Letters The scammers are sending out fake IRS CP2000 letters saying you owe additional money and directing payment to a PO Box. The letters look real and the phone numbers they say you can call are to the fraudsters. Best advice is to call the IRS directly (do not use letter provided phone number) and double check before you send a check. Alternately, contact your tax preparer for assistance. 

11/17/2016

Do you receive the Earned Income Tax Credit EITC or Additional Child Tax Credit ACTC?  The IRS has announced   initial plans to change processing times of these tax returns during the opening weeks of 2017 tax season. This action is driven by the PATH Act of 2015. Section 201 of this new law mandates that no credit or refund for overpayment shall be made before Feb 15 to taxpayers who are claiming these credits. This additional time will help the IRS prevent revenue lost due to identity theft and refund fraud related to fabricated wages and withholdings. For more information contact Surf City Tax Service, your Santa Cruz tax preparation service.