Drake Software blog for tax pros, covering tax, IRS news, and more

Don’t Get Hooked by a Phishing Expedition

Don’t Get Hooked by a Phishing Expedition

Every day, taxpayers fall victim to scams through emails, websites, texts or phone calls and turn over data thinking they’re dealing with an official agency or business. But that email, web page, text, or call is a “spoof,” a fake that only appears to be the real thing.…

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Stopping the Barbarians at the Gates: Password Tips

Stopping the Barbarians at the Gates: Password Tips

Drake has joined with the Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and income tax industry partners to highlight National Tax Security Awareness Week this week. And we start just where you should start – by looking at your passwords and how to make them stronger.…

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National Tax Security Awareness Week Begins

National Tax Security Awareness Week Begins

December’s the time for a lot of holiday sport events, and the IRS and its Security Summit partners are putting on a full-court press of their own against identity theft and tax fraud. The week of Dec. 5-9 has been designated “National Tax Security Awareness Week,” and will see the IRS, state tax agencies and the tax industry share a wealth of information with taxpayers.…

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Taxpayers Get New Online Tool to Access Tax Info

Taxpayers Get New Online Tool to Access Tax Info

The new feature is part of a planned suite of new capabilities the IRS plans to add to their platform as they come online. Taxpayers can already use the site for online payment of their tax due, using their choice of direct pay, pay-by-card, or Online Payment Agreement.…

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IRS Pre-Holiday Reminder: 2017 Refunds Will be Delayed

IRS Pre-Holiday Reminder: 2017 Refunds Will be Delayed

The Internal Revenue Service issued a press release Tuesday to remind taxpayers that 2015’s PATH Act will delay 2017 refunds. The delay comes from an anti-fraud, anti-theft provision in the act that slows down the refund process to better review returns claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC), which will not be issued until at least February 15, 2017.…

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Get Prepped for Tax Season, Tax Security

Get Prepped for Tax Season, Tax Security

We’ve all got our pre-tax-season rituals; those processes and procedures that ensure we’re running on all cylinders once Jan. 1 rolls around. While preparatory activities can vary from office to office, there’s one procedure that should be a common thread running to every tax prep office: computer security measures.…

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IRS Announces Another Way to Help Victims of Hurricane Matthew

IRS Announces Another Way to Help Victims of Hurricane Matthew

The Internal Revenue Service last week announced that leave-based donation programs could be used to send aid to victims of Hurricane Matthew. Sometimes referred to as a “leave sharing program,” leave donation lets employees donate their vacation or sick leave to a company pool that can be used by coworkers who have medical emergencies or are affected by natural disasters.…

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