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Five Easy Ways to Spot a Scam Phone Call

 

The IRS continues to warn the public to be alert for telephone scams and offers five tell-tale warning signs to tip you off if you get such a call. These callers claim to be with the IRS. The scammers often demand money to pay taxes. Some may try to con you by saying that you’re due a refund. The refund is a fake lure so you’ll give them your banking or other private financial information.

These con artists can sound convincing when they call. They may even know a lot about you. They may alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling. They use fake names and bogus IRS badge numbers. If you don’t answer, they often leave an “urgent” callback request.

The IRS respects taxpayer rights when working out payment of your taxes. So, it’s pretty easy to tell when a supposed IRS caller is a fake. Here are five things the scammers often do but the IRS will not do. Any one of these five things is a sign of a scam. The IRS will never:

Make A Mistake? Amend Your Tax Return

 

Don’t worry if you made a mistake on your tax return or forgot to claim a tax credit or deduction. You can fix it by filing an amended return. Here are 10 tips that you should know about amending your federal tax return:

The Pasta Peddler, Blackbird Sweets to Hold Soft Opening on Sept. 9

The Pasta Peddler, Blackbird Sweets to Hold Soft Opening on Sept. 9

 

The Pasta Peddler and Blackbird Sweets, two family owned businesses operating side-by-side, will open the doors at their new location at 1547 Hertel Ave., Buffalo, on Tuesday, Sept. 9. A grand opening celebration will be held from Sept. 23-28, with live music on Saturday, Sept. 27, beginning at 2 p.m.

Additionally, the owners also announced that their new 3,000-square-foot location will host the Winter Market on Hertel from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays from Nov. 22 through March 28.

Use IRS Social Media Tools

 

Social media is a great way to connect with family and friends. It’s also a great way to get tax information. Check out these IRS social media tools that can help you keep up-to-date with your taxes. You can also use them to get the latest news on tax changes, initiatives, products and services.

Attention Employers: Mandatory PERM Password Change Alert

Attention Employers: Mandatory PERM Password Change Alert

 

Attention all employers with Permanent Case Management System (PERM) accounts. As of Aug. 25, 2014, all PERM users must now begin to comply with new password requirements for enhanced security. All PERM users will be required to change their existing passwords within the next 90 calendar days. As cyber threats are becoming increasingly aggressive, the new password standards will now be consistent with Department of Labor and Federal Government standards. 

No Frills Buffalo Publishes Books on Lackawanna, Poetry

No Frills Buffalo Publishes Books on Lackawanna, Poetry

 

No Frill Buffalo publishing company announces the release of two new book, “City of Steel ... Hearts of Gold: My Lackawanna” by Ralph J. Galanti Jr. and Joanna B. Nervo, and “Malcontent: A Collection of Poems” by Jeffrey Charles Naish.

“City of Steel ... Hearts of Gold” takes place in the City of Lackawanna during the 1930s. It is a story dedicated to the men and women of Lackawanna and is loosely centered around the life and times of one of its prominent citizens, Ralph J. Galanti Sr.

The 2014 Social Security Trustees Report: What Does the Future Hold?

Every year, the Trustees of the Social Security Trust Funds release a report to Congress on the current financial condition and projected financial outlook of the program. This year's report, released on July 28, contains valuable information about the health of Social Security that may help you understand how your Social Security benefits might be affected.

What are the Social Security Trust Funds?