Tax Refund Fraud and Identity Theft – an Update

April is the cruelest month for most taxpayers, but for a growing number of them, it is the months that follow that do the most damage.

Same old thing: Tax and Spend

We were provided a joint analysis of President Obama’s budget by the House and Senate Republican Budget Committees.

To Catch a Thief

‘Tis the season…for tax refund fraud.  And the 2012 filing season promises to be a whooper when it comes to taxpayers’ refunds being ripped off.

911 Funds Should Support 911 Functions

The 911 system is a valuable emergency communications tool available nationwide, and supported, in part, through fees typically designated as either 911 funds or enhanced 911 (E-911) fees.

Make the Ban on Internet Taxation Permanent

Today’s increasingly digital age has surrounded everyone’s lives with constantly connected laptops, tablets, and Smartphones, with quick, easy access to the Internet.  These modern technological achievements are largely due to the fact that since 1992, when the general public first gained access to the World Wide Web, the Internet has been mostly free from government regulation and taxation. 

Higher Taxes Will Lead to New Spending

The fiscal cliff, a combination of automatic budget cuts and tax increases set to take effect at the beginning of 2013, has dominated the news since the 2012 Presidential election.  The effect of going off the cliff would be detrimental to the U.S. economy, potentially leading to a 3.6 percent decline in the gross domestic product.  These impending negative consequences have led to Congress and the president scrambling to strike a deal. 

Identity Fraud Hits Taxpayers in the Wallet

For many years, it has been clear that identity theft is a grave threat to the fiscal sovereignty of millions of Americans. For its victims, many of whom are saddled with the new and unwelcome full-time job of battling fraudulent credit card charges and mounting debt, normal life can seem a long way off. Even those who do everything right, from hiring lawyers to disputing each new charge, can be in for a long, painful battle. And while there is nothing good about identity theft, it is at least fortunate that the problem has historically been largely contained to the individual – until recently.

Wireless Taxes Continue Upward Trend

Wireless communications adoption has grown from 48.7 million subscribers in 1997 to 321.7 million subscribers in 2012. While the number of wireless consumers is on the rises, and a greater number are choosing to “cut the cord” on their landline connections, the state and local tax burden has also skyrocketed. Frequently seen as a quick way to increase revenues into state coffers, an October 29, 2012 report by Scott Mackey of KSE Partners shows that taxes on wireless consumers continue to rise at a steady pace.

Owe Back Taxes? Have Some More Cash

It has long been clear that, when monitoring the activities of the federal government, one must often suspend natural expectations for sanity and integrity. For example, anyone who fails to pay taxes should be last in line to collect benefits paid for by taxpayers. But if the results of four recent reports are any indication, tax deadbeats are raking in federal cash.


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