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IRS Scammers Net $14 Million From 3,000 Victims

By Michael Cohn January 21, 2015 AccountingToday.com The pervasive IRS impersonation phone scam has claimed nearly 3,000 victims who have collectively paid over $14 million, according to a new warning from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA). As the 2015 tax filing season begins, TIGTA reminded taxpayers to beware of phone calls from […]

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8 Biggest Credit Card Scams on Record

by Rebecca Black | creditreport.org Financial scams can have far-reaching effects on businesses, industries, and societies, especially fraudulent activities that create entire meltdowns. Consumers have always put great faith in their plastic cards, which is apparent in statistics that claim credit card use has seen historical highs despite recession lows. The age of information has […]

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Enhanced Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) for Hiring Qualified Veterans

Under pre-Act law, the work opportunity tax credit (WOTC) allows employers who hire members of certain targeted groups, including qualified veterans, to get a credit against income tax of a percentage of qualifying first-year wages up to $6,000 per employee ($12,000 for certain qualified veterans; and $3,000 for qualified summer youth employees). Generally, the percentage […]

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The Case for Comprehensive Tax Reform

Please contact mary‐beth.fisher at us.bnpparibas.com with any questions, comments or corrections. Worth Noting The highest average tax rate of 23.3% is paid by the top 1% of earners. This group accounts for 38% of all income taxes paid. And no, they do not earn 38% of the income, but proportionally the much smaller 20% of AGI. The top 5% of earners (minimum AGI […]

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Tax Policy Reform

Top 10% earn only 46% of Adj Gross Inc in the US but pay 70% of the Federal taxes. AGI income split point for top 10% is $114K. Also note that the Bottom 75% (<$67K) of all earners pay only 14% of all Inc Taxes! The bottom 50% pay 3% of all Inc Taxes. Yes, […]

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Alert: Colorado Tax Amnesty Bill is Enacted

Governor Hickenlooper signed Senate Bill 184 on June 3, 2011 which provides for “tax amnesty” to Colorado individuals and businesses who owe back taxes for taxes otherwise due on or before December 31, 2010.

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Articles

Articles Scott Shires’ financial advice has been quoted in several magazines and newspapers through the years. The following are a few articles that contain valuable financial information you need: The Lifetime Book of Money Management, Third Edition Copyright 1983, 1987, 1993 (PDF File, 2.15M)by Grace W. WeinsteinExcerpt: Table 2.1: Scott Shires’s Budget Suggestions, Designed to […]

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Article Archive

Good Advice – Protecting Yourself from Identity Theft Please Read ATTORNEY’S ADVICE … NO CHARGE Read this and make a copy for your files in case you need to refer to it someday. 1. The next time you order checks have only your initials (instead of first name) and last name put on them. If […]

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Good Advice

Good Advice – Find out about a new Credit Card Scam WARNING…New Credit Card Scam. Note, the callers do not ask for your card number; they already have it. This information is worth reading. By understanding how the VISA & MasterCard Telephone Credit Card Scam works, you’ll be better prepared to protect yourself. One of […]

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