Hackers Filing Fraudulent Taxes

(CNN) — Hackers are filing fraudulent taxes, and it starts with stolen Social Security numbers. Experts say tax return fraud is getting much easier, and it’s happening a lot more because of the Internet. The best way to protect yourself is to use every safeguard the IRS and your tax preparer provides, including the extra … Continue reading »

New York Congressman to Resign

NEW YORK (CNN) — A New York congressman says he’ll resign next week. This comes just days after pleading guilty to tax evasion. Republican Representative Michael Grimm issued a statement late Monday night. He said the events that led to his decision didn’t break his spirit, but said he could not be 100 percent effective … Continue reading »

Treasury Acts to Stop Tax Inversions

(CNN) — A new set of corporate tax rules may keep more companies in the U.S. Many U.S. firms have been merging with foreign companies and moving overseas to cut their tax bills. It’s called inversion. And now, the Treasury Department seems to have a fix for the growing tax skimming scheme. The government introduces … Continue reading »

IRS Scam Warning

EUGENE, Ore. — A Eugene man is warning others after he took a call from an IRS scam artist. Alex Aanderud says he got a call Wednesday from someone claiming to be from the Department of Legal Affairs with the Internal Revenue Service. He says they claimed they were going to take legal action against … Continue reading »

Companies Move Overseas to Avoid Taxes

(CNN) — You do everything you can to pay lower taxes, and American companies do it too, and more are moving overseas to avoid the taxman. A new report finds 47 companies have used an “inversion” process over the past 10 years so they can pay lower taxes. Compare that to just 29 companies during … Continue reading »

Delinquent IRS Employees Paid Bonuses

(CNN) — Another black eye for the Internal Revenue Service. An audit revealed the agency paid bonuses to employees who were in trouble over tax issues. The audit was conducted by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. It found that over a two-year period, nearly $3 million was paid to employees who were disciplined … Continue reading »

IRS Investigates Tax Identity Fraud

EUGENE, Ore. — Hundreds of local Catholics are finding themselves the victims of identity theft. The Archdiocese of Portland says Social Security numbers were stolen and used to file fraudulent federal tax returns. The fraud is widespread, and the archdiocese says it doesn’t yet have an exact count on those affected, but it estimates there … Continue reading »

AARP Offers Free Tax Help

EUGENE, Ore. — The countdown is on to file those taxes. If crunching numbers makes you nervous, don’t worry. You have a few free options. Signs at the Eugene Public Library were up Thursday, directing people to the AARP’s annual free tax aide service. The line started early for the first come, first serve help. … Continue reading »

Interview: AARP Tax Help

EUGENE, Ore. — Are you ready to file your 2013 state and federal taxes? ¬†Free help is available, starting this weekend. Certified AARP volunteers can help you navigate the new rules. Local AARP coordinator Len Lewandowski joined us live in the studio for KEZI 9 News This Morning to tell us about the nearest AARP … Continue reading »

Tax Season: Get Started or Wait?

EUGENE, Ore. — The deadline to file your taxes is still about three months away but some people are already getting it done. As the old saying goes: There are two unavoidable things in life–death and taxes. So, should you file now or wait until April 15th? Tax services and customers say it depends on … Continue reading »

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