January 31, 2020
It seems that every week, I receive alerts about identity theft and tax scams – old and new – making the rounds in the form of e-mails, snail-mail, texts and phone calls.
There have been many news reports about how to protect yourself from identity theft. But how do you know if you’ve already become a victim, and what should you do if you have?
Here are some signs that your personal information has already been stolen and used by the thieves:
If you believe you are the victim of identity theft, you should immediately take the following steps:
If you receive a notice from the IRS or another taxing authority, you should respond to it right away. If you suspect that the notice is not legitimate, you can contact the IRS at (800) 829-1040 (for individuals) or (800) 829-4933 (for businesses) instead of calling the number included in the notice. If the notice is from a state or local taxing agency, check online for the appropriate number to call. Please contact our office if you would like assistance in responding to the notice, or in submitting an Identity Theft Affidavit.
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As the spread of the corona virus takes hold in Michigan, we at LBF want to be sensitive to the risks facing our clients and our staff. We are taking every precaution to ensure that we are minimizing the possibility of contracting and spreading COVID-19. To better protect our clients and our staff, we have decided to cease face-to-face appointments with clients for the remainder of this tax...
One of the biggest questions asked when filing taxes is "When can I expect my refund to come?"
Once your tax return is e-filed, you can get your refund in as little as 8 days from your filing date. The IRS cannot promise that you will get it back that quickly, but states that most filers should receive their refund within 21 days.
If you mail in your tax returns, you can...