Archive - February 24, 2016

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Thrift Savings Plan Highlights
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IRS Warns of Surge in Email Scams in 2016

Thrift Savings Plan Highlights

Normally, I write all of my blog posts, based upon research that I’ve personally done.  However, last week I received a letter from TSP’s Executive Director, Greg Long.  It accompanied the TSP year-end statement, and is normally the type of document most people throw away with junk mail.  However, I actually read it.  Moreover, I liked what I read, specifically the Myth/Answer section.  In case you missed the letter (or threw it away, like I used to do), I’ve recapped the Myth/Answers below for your benefit.  Keep in mind, this isn’t the entire letter, and I’m not sure where you …

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IRS Warns of Surge in Email Scams in 2016

Consumers Warned of New Surge in IRS E-mail Schemes during 2016 Tax Season; Tax Industry Also Targeted

WASHINGTON – The Internal Revenue Service renewed a consumer alert for e-mail schemes after seeing an approximate 400 percent surge in phishing and malware incidents so far this tax season.

The emails are designed to trick taxpayers into thinking these are official communications from the IRS or others in the tax industry, including tax software companies. The phishing schemes can ask taxpayers about a wide range of topics. E-mails can seek information related to refunds, filing status, confirming personal information, ordering transcripts and …

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