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AG Office warns of Social Security scam after Lexington woman loses $30k over fake IRS debt

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A Fayette County woman has lost $30,000 to a Social Security scam, prompting Attorney General Andy Beshear to issue a Scam Alert. 

According to the Attorney General’s office, the suspended social security scam, which usually includes the scammer asking for confirmation of a social security number, has been reported nearly 90 times in 36 counties this year.

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BBB: Government shutdown doesn’t slow down imposters; as watchers aren’t watching, be careful!

The recent Federal Government shutdown is impacting agencies consumers and businesses depend on. Until a resolution is announced, a number of services provided by the FTC, the SBA, and the IRS are unavailable to the public. It also allows an opportunity for scammers posing as a government agency and phish for personal information, so watch out for bogus phone calls, emails, and text messages during...

KHEAA Money Tip for Students: It’s income tax season so here is some advice to make it easier

Income tax season is approaching, and students may want to consider these tips from the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) to help the process go more smoothly. Although you may not have earned enough to be required to file, you may be able to get a refund if your employer withheld taxes from your pay. Before you file, discuss the situation with your parents. They may be able to...

Tax time coming: KY Department of Revenue to begin accepting electronic and paper returns on January 29

Income tax season is just around the corner. The Kentucky Department of Revenue (DOR) is finalizing its processes and procedures, to make this the most efficient and safe filing season possible. The IRS will begin accepting both electronic and paper federal tax returns on Jan. 29. They will begin processing paper returns later in mid-February as IRS system updates continue. The IRS expects the earliest...

State Revenue Department grants filing extensions for taxpayers impacted by hurricanes

The Kentucky Department of Revenue will honor the recent IRS announcements regarding special tax relief for taxpayers impacted by Hurricane Harvey in Texas, Hurricane Irma in Florida and any other natural disaster recognized by the IRS. Under the provisions of KRS 131.081(11), Kentucky honors federal extensions related to disaster relief for filing of income tax returns including payment of tax due....

Tax Day: It’s April 18 this year — here are fun facts to lighten your mood while sorting through the code

No one likes Tax Day, except for accountants and Uncle Sam. In fact, disdain for filling out forms and forking over funds to the government drives many of us to contemplate some pretty kooky alternatives. For example, one in five Americans would get an “IRS” tattoo in return for a tax-free future while 6% would name their first-born child “Taxes.” It’s no wonder, either. We’ve spent billions...

Kentucky Revenue Cabinet now accepting individual tax returns, e-filing quickest way to get refund

Monday opened tax filing season for individual taxpayers with the Kentucky Department of Revenue (DOR), the same date as the federal Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Electronic filing is the most efficient method for filing returns. This year filers have three extra days to file, since April 15 is a Saturday and the following Monday is a holiday in Washington, DC. With federal offices closed that Monday,...

With beginning of electronic filing, Beshear warns Kentuckians about IRS, tax-related identity scams

As tax season begins, Attorney General Andy Beshear issued a scam alert to help Kentucky families avoid falling victim to Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and tax-related identity fraud. The start date for electronic filing of tax year 2016 federal and Kentucky returns began Jan. 23, 2017, and, as a result, reports of tax identity fraud are increasing. Beshear’s office has received nearly 100 IRS scam...

For 50th year, UK to offer income tax seminars to professional preparers across the state

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the University of Kentucky Income Tax Seminar Program, a highly successful outreach series that presents updates on both federal and state tax preparation for tax professionals, enrolled agents, certified public accountants, certified financial planners and attorneys. From Oct. 27 through Jan. 5, the program will host seminars around Kentucky that are designed...