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Ask the Expert: What You Need to Know About Un-cleared Checks

Posted by Laura Haines, CPA on Apr 26, 2017 4:38:57 PM

Dear Zinner & Co:

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Topics: Taxes - Corporate & Business

4 Ways to Spot IRS Debt Collection Scammers

Posted by ZInner & Co. Tax Team on Apr 17, 2017 5:36:00 PM

Extracted in part from https://www.irs.gov/uac/newsroom/irs-alerts-taxpayers-with-limited-english-proficiency-of-ongoing-phone-scams-urges-caution-before-paying-unexpected-tax-bills

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Topics: fraud, Howard Kass, Brett W. Neate, IRS

IRS Offers Last-Minute Filing Tips

Posted by ZInner & Co. Tax Team on Apr 13, 2017 8:11:00 PM

From IRS.gov 

IR-2017-80, April 12, 2017                                                                   

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Topics: Howard Kass, Brett W. Neate, Taxes - Individual, IRS

Need More Time to Pay Your Taxes?

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Department on Apr 10, 2017 11:59:16 AM

From the IRS newsroom

All taxpayers should file on time, even if they can’t pay what they owe. This saves them from potentially paying a failure to file penalty. Taxes are due by the original due date of the return.


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Topics: Howard Kass, Brett W. Neate, Taxes - Individual, income tax

Ask the Expert: Am I Being an Effective Board Member?

Posted by Chris Valponi, CPA on Apr 6, 2017 12:34:43 PM

Chris Valponi, CPA
Audit and Assurance Manager

Q:  I volunteer as a Board member for a mid-sized not-for-profit. At times, I feel that I am just going through the motions of reviewing and approving the balance sheet or the Treasurer’s report during our monthly board meeting. Are there duties that I could take on to be a more effective board member?   
Pat M. – Volunteer board member, Cleveland

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Topics: non-profits, Chris Valponi, not-for-profit, Ask the Expert

Private Collection of Some Overdue Federal Taxes Starts in April; Those Affected Will Hear First From IRS; IRS Will Still Handle Most Tax Debts

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Department on Apr 4, 2017 6:04:00 PM

Reposted from the IRS newswire, April 4, 2017

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Topics: fraud, Howard Kass, income tax, IRS

Is Your Employee Really an Independent Contractor? What you need to know in the eyes of the IRS

Posted by Gary Sigman, CPA, M.Tax, PFS, AEP on Apr 3, 2017 2:40:39 PM

If your business uses independent contractors as part of its work force, depending on the circumstances, the IRS might reclassify these workers as employees. Such a reclassification would expose your business to employment taxes and penalties. In addition, your business might be responsible for retroactive fringe benefits for any reclassified workers.

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Topics: Employee or Independent Contractor, Gary Sigman, Taxes - Corporate & Business, IRS

10 Things You Should Know Before April 18

Posted by ZInner & Co. Tax Team on Mar 30, 2017 6:16:00 PM

If you are a taxpayer in the homestretch of preparing to file your income tax return, keep in mind these ten points that could affect your tax bill.

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Topics: Howard Kass, Gary Sigman, Brett W. Neate, income tax

IRS Warns of Email Scam Targeting Employers, Tax-Exempt Entities, Universities and Schools, Government and Private Sector Businesses

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Department on Mar 30, 2017 9:00:17 AM

A dangerous email scam currently is circulating nationwide and targeting employers, including tax exempt entities, universities and schools, government and private-sector businesses. The scammer poses as an internal executive requesting employee Forms W-2 and Social Security Number information from company payroll or human resources departments. They may even send an initial “Hi, are you in today” message before the request.

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Topics: scams, fraud, IRS

IRS Reminds Seniors to Remain on Alert to Phone Scams during Tax Season

Posted by Zinner & Co. Tax Department on Mar 25, 2017 9:37:37 AM

WASHINGTON – With the 2017 tax season underway, the IRS reminds seniors to remain alert to aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents. The callers claim to be IRS employees, but are not. 

These con artists can sound convincing when they call. They use fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers. They may know a lot about their targets, and they usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling.

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Topics: scams, fraud, Howard Kass, IRS


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