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August 2020

IRS Identification Verification Letters – A Scam or For Real?

JTNDdmlkZW8lMjB3aWR0aCUzRCUyMjEwMCUyNSUyMiUyMGhlaWdodCUzRCUyMjEwMCUyNSUyMiUyMGNvbnRyb2xzJTIwcG9zdGVyJTNEJTIyJTJGd3AtY29udGVudCUyRnVwbG9hZHMlMkYyMDIwJTJGMDglMkZJUlMtVmVyaWZpY2F0aW9uLUxldHRlcnMuanBnJTIyJTNFJTBBJTIwJTIwJTNDc291cmNlJTIwc3JjJTNEJTIyJTJGd3AtY29udGVudCUyRnVwbG9hZHMlMkYyMDIwJTJGMDglMkZJUlMtSWRlbnRpZmljYXRpb24tVmVyaWZpY2F0aW9uLUxldHRlcnMubXA0JTIyJTNFJTBBJTNDJTJGdmlkZW8lM0U=A lot of our clients have been receiving these IRS Identification Verification notices. Some of these clients have even paid taxes and are wondering "Is this for real; is this fraud?" And if you get one, what should you do about it? So if you get one of these letters and you are owed a refund, you need to ask CPA if the letter appears legit. You can do it online, and we'll include a link at the bottom of this blog post. Or you can call the number on the letter. Something you need to know is the IRS will never call you. So if you have received a call from the IRS, you can pretty much assure it's fraud. And if you are concerned about fraud, with the letter, another thing you can do is you can Google the phone number that's on the letter. If it's the…
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How Will This Election Year Affect the Markets?

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