Avoid Phishing Emails

 This video was published by the IRS. More than 90% of identity thefts and data breaches start with a phishing email. Phishing scams pose as a trusted company, maybe your bank, a favorite retailer, your tax software provider, or your state tax agency...even the IRS. Here's one way to recognize a scam. The phishing email [...]

Here’s What Taxpayers Need to Know about Backup Withholding

Taxpayers who receive certain types of income may need to have backup withholding taken from these payments. Backup withholding can apply to most payments reported on Forms 1099 and W-2G. Here are some facts to help taxpayers understand backup withholding and determine if they should have it withheld from their income payments. First, here’s what backup [...]

Easy Steps to Protect Your Computer and Phone

 This video was published by the IRS. Thieves are working 24/7 to steal your identity. Here are some quick and easy steps you can take to protect yourself online: Use security software for computers and mobile phones and set it to update automatically. Use strong and unique passwords for all accounts. Use two-factor authentication whenever [...]

Tax Scams by U.S. Mail

This video was published by the IRS. Identity thieves are determined to steal your information and your tax refund. Most use the internet or telephone; some even try to impersonate the IRS on social media. But did you know that you could also be targeted by mail? Many public documents and websites have information that scammers [...]

Small Businesses Can Benefit from Deducting Vehicle Costs on Their Taxes

Businesses that use a car or other vehicle may be able to deduct the expense of operating that vehicle on their taxes. Businesses generally can use one of the two methods to figure their deductible vehicle expenses: Standard mileage rate Actual car expenses For 2019, here are the standard mileage rates for calculating the deductible costs [...]