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IRS Tax Scams to Watch Out for in 2017 - Part 2




We talked about three of the most common IRS tax scams in Part 1 of this series on IRS Tax Scams to Watch Out for in 2017. Here we look at more such tax scams which wreaked havoc on ordinary citizens.
#1: Tax Preparer Scam / Obamacare Scam
One of the anomalies in US tax laws is that anyone can claim to be a tax prepare. There is no qualification needed to be a tax preparer. Luckily though most people who offer to do your taxes are qualified accountants and CPAs and they try to do their best. However, there are some frauds that get into this business.
The Affordable Care Act, or Obamcacare, for example, makes it mandatory for people to get health insurance. Those who don’t apply for this can get penalized. But most people who don’t qualify for Obamacare get exemptions so that they don’t need to pay the penalty.
 The only issue with this is that there is a new tax scam where some tax preparers are telling their clients that they own the government a penalty on Obamacare and have to pay the amount in cash to them, otherwise it is not possible to file their tax returns. Remember  - even if you owe any money to the IRS, that should be paid to the IRS by check. Never to the tax preparer with cash!
 #2: Snail Mail Scam
The snail mail scam is similar to the Obamacare scam discussed earlier. Here you will get a tax bill – completely fake – that says that you owe a penalty to the government for not possessing health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. This looks like a legit communication from IRS, but it is not that.
The IRS says that scammers from across the nation are sending fraudulent versions of CP2000 notices. These are letters that inform taxpayers stating discrepancies related to their tax return.
Since this scam happens through snail mail, it is very difficult to detect, and can fool a lot of people. Here’s how you can spot it. The fraudulent snail mail is issued from “Austin, Texas” and relates to the Affordable Care Act. It lists the payment voucher as 105C and wants the check to be made out to the I.R.S. and delivered to “Austin Processing Center”.
#3: IRS iTunes scam
This is a recent scam in which someone claiming to be from the IRS duped a young college student into putting hundreds of dollars into different iTunes cards for wrongly representing her tax returns. iTunes gift cards are untraceable and scammers can get the cash easily, which is why they are preferred in tax scams such as these.
 #4: Tax-Refund Fraud
A lot of scammers have been stealing people’s Social Security numbers and filing false claims for refunds based on such identities. This is also called as identity theft. So when you file your tax return legitimately, it is rejected by the IRS as someone has already filed a return in your name! This is a really common scam and you can only pray that it does not happen to you as it creates a messy situation for everyone.
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IRS Tax Scams to Watch Out for in 2017 – Part 1





IRS Tax scams have unfortunately become very common over the years. IRS scammers have been working extra hard in 2017 as well. We cast a look at some of the worst IRS scams or IRS Tax Scams that you should be wary of.

Generic IRS phone scam

In IRS phone scams, you will be sent a surprise tax bill by the scammer, purportedly by the IRS, which you have to pay immediately or you will be arrested. The scammers make use of telephonic spoofing or phishing so that their number comes up on the phone as from IRS.

They will also have access to the last 4 digits of your Social Security number, which they use to show themselves off as being legitimate. They send fraudulent IRS e-mails to support their claims and fake IRS badge numbers.

You will be asked to make the payment by wire or debit card to a particular account, which they say belongs to the IRS. Be aware, IRS never contacts you by phone asking for money. They only contact you by snail mail.

 Supposed Refund Scam

One of the greatest feelings anyone can have is to get a notice from the IRS that they would be soon getting a tax refund. That’s enough to thrill anyone. You would love to have a secret tax refund waiting for you somewhere.

An accountant Craig Smalley explains in NerdWallet about how this supposed refund scam works. He says that his client received an email that looked like it came from the IRS – informing them that they had received a $7,000 refund.

All my client needed to do was enter his Social Security number and bank account information, and the IRS would directly deposit the supposed refund into his account. Yeah, right. In this case, I could tell this was a scam because the website didn’t have an irs.gov address.” Craig explains.

Fake Hostage Scam

This is another new type of scam which came to light in 2015 in Washington. A middle aged woman was trying to buy more than $2,400 in prepaid credit cards. When the Clerk asked why she was buying so much in prepaid cards, she said that she had received a call from someone in the IRS warning her about an unpaid tax bill.

What made it worse was that the man – who claimed to be from the IRS – said that he was holding her daughter hostage and would kill her in case she did not pay up.

This is a fraud on so many levels. IRS employees are not a bunch of gangsters like that. They don’t threaten you or ask for ransom. Fortunately, in this case the store clerk alerted the police, who found out that the woman’s daughter was safe. But sadly the scammer still got away.
 
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What’s the Best Way to Access QuickBooks Remotely?




QuickBooks is everybody’s favorite accounting and financial management software, used by professionals and business owners alike. It comes with a number of great features that cater to the diverse accounting needs of a wide segment of users.

What makes QuickBooks so special is its unique user interface (UI), which simplifies accounting in a big way. The company dominates the market for accounting software, and is used by 85 to 90 percent of small and mid-sized businesses in the USA.

That should give you an idea of QuickBooks’ dominance. More and more businesses are going global today and working from a remote location is an accepted manner of doing business. However, the desktop version of QuickBooks does not come with remote access.

For that reason, you should sign up for QuickBooks Cloud.  QuickBooks Hosting, which we provide, gives you the remote access to QuickBooks while delivering a number of other benefits. Let’s consider them one by one.

Using hosted QuickBooks saves time and money as there is no reason to maintain an office infrastructure. You will have up to date access to the QuickBooks software at all times, even when you are not in your office in the event of an emergency.

 Different users can collaborate on the same file, and owners or managers can track the work of accountants. The gift of anytime, anywhere access, combined with multiuser collaboration can make all the difference.

You can also get QuickBooks on the Cloud through the company’s own proprietary cloud based service QuickBooks Online. However, it can be safely said that QuickBooks Cloud or QuickBooks Hosting is a much superior option compared to QuickBooks Online because you will get the same interface with our service as you would get with the desktop version of QuickBooks.
  
The problem with QuickBooks Online is that it is a completely new software compared to QuickBooks Desktop. The interface or UI is entirely different. So if you are going to be using it or the first time after years of using QuickBooks Desktop, you will be at a loss and won’t know how to manage the software.

With Hosted QuickBooks which is provided by us, you will have access to the same desktop version of the software with added functionalities such as anytime, anywhere access. Also, this makes a major difference to the security of your data as everything is stored in a remote server on the cloud, and can be accessed only with a proper username and password.

 Multiple members of your team can have access to QuickBooks Cloud based on their level of authorization. You can be fully confident about the security of your data as it is protected with a 128-bit secure key encryption and the servers are packed in ultra secure US based data centers. Further, your data is backed up daily using a dual backup system, so there is no reason to worry about data loss.

Easiest Way to Save on Your Taxes in the USA - Move to a State with No Income Tax

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Every year in the United States, taxpayers pay over $3 trillion in taxes. That’s a lot of money! Americans pay not only federal income tax, but also state income tax. This means a massive chunk of your income goes to the government.

Such high taxes can be particularly painful when you are carrying a lot of debt, such as credit card debt or student loan debt. Nobody likes to lose such hard earned money. So what can you do to make sure that you pay less in the way of taxes next time?

Move to a state with no income tax. As simple as that.

 You can save up to $1,977 a year by moving to a state with no income tax as per a  study by Student Loan Hero.

Let’s understand how this works.

States that collect income tax use them for funding basic services and essential programs for residents. Over 50% of state tax revenues are invested in education and healthcare initiatives like Medicaid. A number of state agencies use the income taxes to pay for law enforcement and public transport.

In most states in the country, residents have to pay both federal and state income taxes. However there are 9 states within America that don’t levy a state income tax. These states are: Alaska, Florida, Nevada, New Hampshire, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington and Wyoming. As long as you live in these states, you don’t have to pay state taxes, and so can get massive yearly savings.

How much could you save on taxes by living in these nine states? That depends largely on your income bracket and current location. So, if you are from the state of Oregon for example, you will have a state income tax of 7.75%.

This is the highest rate of taxation in the country. This means someone who makes the median salary in the state — which is about $49,710 — will need to pay $3,851 extra, in addition to the federal taxes paid by them.

So if you move to a state without state income tax, you can avoid having to pay an amount close to $4,000 a year in taxes. This is a significant amount indeed, no matter how you look at it. You can then use your tax savings to pay off student loan obligations or credit card debt.

The more you save from not paying state income tax, the easier it will be for you to get out of debt, so that you will be able to save more in the long run. Use this money to pay off your loans and lower the interest charges. You can as well save tens of thousands over the lifetime of your loan.

 Now, there are costs related to moving to another state that could lower your savings somewhat, such as putting a deposit on a new house or apartment, or getting a new vehicle registration. These factors should be taken into account.
  
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What’s the Difference Between QuickBooks Hosting and Quicken Hosting?



Both QuickBooks and Quicken are two of the most popular accounting software on the market. They have been developed by the same company, Intuit, which is the biggest name in accounting applications. Millions of people around the world trust Intuit products.

The best way to access these software applications is through the cloud. QuickBooks Hosting and Quicken Hosting are very popular. We have tens of thousands of people around the world who subscribe to our Hosted QuickBooks and Hosted Quickens solutions.

But there is a lot of confusion over the difference between Quicken Hosting and QuickBooks Hosting. How do they differ from each other? How to know which of the two software applications to choose? The fact is the market for both Quicken and QuickBooks is massive, and since they both have such similar names, with the prefix “Quick” attached to them, there is an obvious reason for the confusion.

 As a matter of fact Quicken was released to the market by Intuit much earlier than QuickBooks. This is something not many people know about since QuickBooks is clearly the most successful software of the two.

 They are both popular accounting solutions that have met with great success. However, choosing one among the two applications is not as difficult as it sounds. Let’s quickly analyse the two popular accounting applications so that you will know which among them would suit you more.

Quicken Cloud

Quicken has been around since 1983. So that makes it a 34 year old software. That is as old as it gets in the industry, which makes the fact that it is still popular today really astonishing. It is essentially a “personal finance management tool”, which means it helps you manage your finances.

Quicken makes use of a single-entry accounting system and is more suitable for personal accounting requirements. It is used for tracking and listing of all financial transactions and allows you to handle your finances with ease.

Quicken is no longer a part of Intuit. It was sold by the company to H.I.G. Capital in 2016. But it will always be associated with the Intuit brand.

QuickBooks Cloud

QuickBooks is a hugely popular accounting solution that has been the #1 accounting software for small and midsized businesses, CPA firms and accountants since 1998, when it was first introduced. QuickBooks is capable of meeting your complex accounting requirements.

The software is loaded with a number of great features that allow you to manage payrolls, prepare taxes and streamline all of your accounting operations. QuickBooks dominates the business accounting market and is the preferred solution used by over 85 percent of small and midsized businesses in the United States.

So clearly, QuickBooks and Quicken are not the same thing. Quicken is more suitable for managing personal finance for individuals while QuickBooks is ideal for business accounting for businesses, CPA firms and accountants.

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Types of Cloud Computing and its Advantage



Cloud computing is one of the most popular trends in modern IT sector. Cloud computing technology allow to the users that use of the Internet to access software and IT resources from cloud server instead of local data storage. Cloud computing offers several types of advantage for the users to use the services that include many benefits like, IT infrastructure, software, increase or decrease hardware resources etc. These services created and provided by the service provider, you do not need to purchase additional IT infrastructure for use at your own premises. Cloud Computing works on as a pay-per-use model and available on- user’s demand. You pay only for the resources you use. You not need to set up the own IT infrastructure or buy the software. Cloud computing is typically classified in two ways:

·       Location of the cloud computing
·      Type of cloud services offered

Location of the cloud computing
Location of the cloud typically classified in the following three ways:

1.      Public Cloud: In public cloud, the resources of users are hosted on the vender premises and computing infrastructure is shared between many organizations. The data, however, for each organization is kept separate. It is available in more cheaply than private cloud.

2.      Private Cloud: Private cloud is little bit expensive but more secure than public cloud. With private cloud, the cloud computing infrastructure is dedicated to a single organization and computing resources is not shared with other organization. User can install several application on private cloud and uninstall the software anytime if required.

3.       Hybrid Cloud: A Hybrid Cloud is a combination of Private Cloud and Public Clouds. There needs to be resources shared among the Clouds. User can use both private and public clouds, depending on their needs.

Types of cloud services offered:

Based upon the services offered, cloud computing are classified in the following ways:

  Software as a Services (SaaS): this is the most popular technology among the businesses. The business data and application run on the server living somewhere on the cloud network, not through an application running on the user’s local computer. The software is develop by the service provider while the end user can configure it according to their need. The user cannot change or modify the software. Google Doc or One drive is the best example of SaaS. These are cloud base software and provides backup service that help to users back up their data on cloud platform.

   Platform as a Service (PaaS): This types of cloud service offers to users for different purpose. PaaS adds support for development (language and application technology) environment, wherefrom developer build, host and test application from anywhere. It is very customizable, the users data or storage space may be easily increase or decrease per the requirement of the application.

 Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS): IaaS offers IT infrastructure on user’s demand. The infrastructure set up can be anything from application server to storage servers or operating systems. The Office 365 is the best example for the IaaS, where user get several of application along with storage space. The traditional models of infrastructure can be very expensive but with IaaS technology you can save a lot of unwanted expenses. The cloud service provider take care all of the cloud infrastructure stuff according to your requirement in affordable price.

Thus, with cloud computing you will get several of benefits such as a remote accessibility, reduce IT cost, data security, 24x7 technical support and quick re provisions.

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Five Benefits of Dedicated Server Hosting




The local IT infrastructure for application or data hosting is an outdated technology. Now days cloud computing based hosting is a most popular technology among the business. Cloud based technology have improved in million way. Seeing this improvement, many businesses and standalone users have accepted as a mainstream solution. Many cloud security broker have disclose their annual report that cloud base application adoption is more vogue by the end of the year.

So the huge demand of user, many cloud hosting provider offer to their customers the various server types such as dedicated server hosting and shared server hosting. With dedicated servers hosting you would have full access on your cloud server and you will have permission to load multiple application or add-ons using your own server. But shared server hosting is different things, where you can work and load limited application. In other words, choosing a dedicated server hosting means that all resources of the server are to only one business which does not serve any other. Between these choices, the dedicated server hosting is better than shared server hosting. The security and performance of dedicated server is good and user can work on it without any doubt.

The dedicated server hosting enable a numbers of advantage for the users, such as-

Get entire server resources: Instead of share server, a dedicated server hosting allow all the resource of servers to one party. Which means the users can use the complete resources of server like storage drive, processing speed, memory and internet bandwidth, even users will have full permission to make changes and install or uninstall the hosted application on cloud dedicated server anytime if needed.

Don’t worry about security: When we talk about application hosting, the data security has always comes on the top concern among the business. The dedicated server hosting can remove the security related concern. With own server you have complete privilege of setting up the security factors as you want. But shared server you will have limited privilege and always be fear of security concern.

Flexibility: With dedicated server hosting you can get more customize feature to setup the server. A dedicated servers hosting allow organizations to customizable server environment that suitable their needs. Users can choose the platform and software they really need.

No overhead for purchasing equipment: If user keep their data on local server platform and want to move on cloud server but doesn’t have time or IT expert to manage the server, In this case they do not need to worry about that. A cloud hosting provider handles the cost of server equipment who reducing the overhead for a business purchasing server hardware equipment and storage drive.

Unique IP address: Each virtual server have unique IP address. Where the shared server uses by multiple clients that means your cloud server IP address share with multiple website or can be spam with other, which is not secure for your critical data. With dedicated hosting you have own server with own IP address and you can work on it without any fear.

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QuickBooks Hosting A Favourable for Many QuickBooks Specialists





QuickBooks is a set of software management tools to manage inventory, payroll and other require of a small business which is available in multiple versions and editions. It provides users large usage with more volume features including business tools, merchant services, product and supplies etc. The QuickBooks software launches every year with upgraded version and edition according to businesses and their needs. It is a very beneficial for all kinds of businesses who are looking for manage their accounting job. Now days many businesses want to walk on QuickBooks cloud hosing, with hosted it application users can easily access their accounting data anywhere anytime and handle all of the functionality of QuickBooks easily and continually without any interruption.

Advantage of QuickBooks Hosting: QuickBooks hosting allow users or businesses to anytime access from home, office or on the road. This means that you can access your financial information from anywhere anytime through internet. QuckBooks Hosting also support all kinds of devices to access the cloud resources such as, Windows PCs, MAC, iPhone, Smartphones and Tablets PCs. With QuickBooks hosting you do not worry about technical support, QuickBooks hosting provider supply 24x7x365 days free technical support. Using QuickBooks cloud hosting you will feel relax and safe because your essential data are being keep on daily backup scheduled. There are some reasons you can notice, how QuickBooks hosing are popular? ..............

Multi- User Access:  If multi users want to access their QuickBooks remotely, for a variety of reasons and one or more staff want to access cloud server from different locations, or an accountant needs access to their company financial information, then QuickBooks hosting is a best solution and their needs.

Instant Connectivity: With hosted QuickBooks, the application are installed on high speed cloud servers and users can access without get behind, users could have same hassle free experience on remote server as they experience on their local computer.

24x7 Free Technical Support:  We believe that strong support is the backbone of every business operations, we promise to our customer of reliability and availability and we provide 24x7 technical support through industry expert that is trained to handle troubleshooting and fix the issue via email, chat, phone and remote request support.

Remote Access connection: Using QuickBooks cloud hosting technology you do not need to stay in office on regular basis to complete the financial work. You can easily access your remote server from any corner of the world because QuickBooks hosting server run 24x7 without any issues.

QuickBooks Add-ons: QucikBooks hosting support all QuickBooks Add-ons software which will optimize the power of QuickBooks. The Add-ons can help small and mid-size of businesses with everything from fine-tuning strategy and automating aspects of inventory management. Here are the some QuickBooks add-ons list that every business must consider on:
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  •     ACC Titave
  •          Smart Vault
  •          Bill Quik
  •          Bill.com
  •          Method CRM
  •          Data Transfer Utility
  •          Fishbowl Inventory
  •         ConnectWise
  •         AvaTax
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