IRS Tax Scams - Isler NW

Inflated Refund Claims Remain on the IRS “Dirty Dozen” List of Tax Scams for the 2015 Filing Season

IR-2015-12, Jan. 29, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today warned taxpayers to be on the lookout for unscrupulous tax return preparers pushing inflated tax refund claims. This scam remains on the annual list of tax scams known as the “Dirty Dozen” for the 2015 filing season.

“Every filing season, scam artists lure victims in by promising outlandish refunds,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. “Taxpayers should be wary of anyone who asks them to sign a blank return, promise a big refund before looking at their records, or charge fees based on a percentage of the refund.”

Compiled annually, the “Dirty Dozen” lists a variety of common scams that taxpayers may encounter any time but many of these schemes peak during filing season as people prepare their returns or hire someone to help with their taxes.

Illegal scams can lead to significant penalties and interest and possible criminal prosecution. IRS Criminal Investigation works closely with the Department of Justice (DOJ) to shutdown scams and prosecute the criminals behind them.

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2015 Economic Recovery - Isler NW

2015 Will Be The True Test Of The Economic Recovery

Every January since the recession ended in 2009, economists have predicted that this was the year the economic recovery would take off. In 2014, they were finally right.

The year didn’t get off to a good start. Gross domestic product, the broadest measure of economic output, shrank in the first three months of the year, something that’s rare outside of recessions. But most economists chalked up the weak numbers to the brutal winter storms that swept across much of the country. This time, at least, it looks like they were right: Once the weather warmed up, so did the economy.

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2015 Business Resolutions - Isler NW

Here Are 5 Business Resolutions to Start Right Now

A new year brings with it all sorts of opportunities to think about how we can improve ourselves, not just in our personal lives, but also professionally. It’s a great time to take a few moments to ponder what we did well in the previous year and think about what we can do better in the new one. Are there new tools to try or existing ones that could use a little polishing? Are we operating at our fullest potential? What can we do to make that happen?

In that spirit of contemplating how we can launch into 2015 and make it as prosperous as possible, I offer the following New Year’s business resolutions for salespeople.

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