Tax filing deadlines are fast approaching, which means there are many Americans filing their returns to meet the April 18, 2017 deadline.  Beware that there are many new scams on the rise to try to take your refund due.  These scams may not only cost you your refund, they may result in a balance owed to the IRS and lingering identity theft issues that must be resolved. One of the newer IRS scams is people pretending to be the taxpayer and sending various emails to your tax professional to try to get your refund redirected to a different account.  Once your return has been prepared, these scammers will send an email requesting a last-minute change to where your refund should be sent.  They often will request that the refund be paid out on pre-paid debit cards.  Your tax preparer then makes this change before submitting your return, thinking that this was your request.  It is not until after the refund has been issued and paid… Read More

The deadline for filing your 2016 Individual Income Tax return this year is April 18, 2017.  Generally your return is due on the 15th day of the fourth month of the year (April 15th).  However, this year the 15th falls on a Saturday, which would generally push the filing date back to the following Monday (April 17th).  With the way the dates fall this year, Washington D.C. Emancipation Day will be recognized on April 17th, pushing the return filing due date back to April 18, 2017. There are many important things to know about the return filing deadline.  First and foremost, this is the date that your return must be filed and paid (if a balance is owed).  Failure to timely file and pay your return can result in multiple issues, including interest and penalties being assessed by the IRS and State of Michigan, default of any previously established resolution, and potential issues getting a loan or applying for financial aid. When a return is… Read More

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