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IRS announces that there will be delays in Federal Income Tax Refunds for Tax Year 2016.  Prepare for delays!

IRS now only answers tax law questions between GENERALLY
January 2 and April 15. But you can get the answers to your questions yourself.  We know it is difficult to navigate the IRS website but here's the exact link to the IRS Interactive Tax Assistant
Instead of wasting your precious time trying to get IRS on the phone, just for them to tell you, "I'm sorry we don't answer those questions during this time of the year.  We can answer that question between January 2 and April 15, generally." Or to call a CPA tax attorney or other tax professional. Or take a look at our website, there is an Interactive Tax Assistant that will take you through the same questions we ask you.  Here the link. Use it to answer your own questions about who you can claim a dependents, what's my filing status, and so much more. 
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Have you gotten a bogus IRS calls?
​IRS can't answer your calls when you call them, what makes you think they have the time to call YOU!

What makes YOU think YOUR so special, that IRS has the time and resources to call YOU, when they don't have the resources to answer YOUR initated phone calls? NEWS FLASH: The IRS won’t call out of the blue to ask for payment, won’t demand a specific form of payment such as an iTunes card, a prepaid debit card , a wire transfer , a bank account and routing number, and IRS is NOT going to send you a refund check  after you pay for a refund by one of these methods and they won’t leave a message threatening to sue YOU if YOU don’t pay right away.  

IRS will send YOU a series of letters or notices requesting that YOU respond in writing by mail or by fax; or by calling a toll-free number (that may take hours for YOU to get through to).  

We have personally received, over a three day time period, phone calls from these imposters, these scammers, scoundrels who plan scams to con innocent people out of their hard-earned dollars.  Don't be a victim!  YOU know YOU don't owe IRS, why are YOU questioning it?

Do not ever give YOUR hard earned money to these scammers.  IF YOU can, get as much information from them as YOU can.  Supposed Name, Phone number, conversation information, what they asked YOU to pay and for what.  What did you hear in the background? What did they sound like? Did they have an accent? As much information as YOU can.  Then contact the IRS Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) at and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at .


"The IRS is Calling Me? Can This Be For Real?" (TIGTA PSA English) 

Published on Jan 14, 2016
Fraud is real. Just hang up on Fraud. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration is warning taxpayers to be on high alert for scammers who impersonate IRS employees in aggressive phone calls that demand money. Don't believe them; just hang up! For more information and to report a contact, visit us at .

IRS Imposter Scams

Published on Mar 8, 2016
How to spot scammers who pretend to be IRS officials to get you to send them money.

Learn more about IRS imposter scams at

You’re at work, out for dinner with family or friends, on vacation, in traffic; when your phone rings. Your caller ID shows Internal Revenue Service or one of the following phone numbers:

You check your voice-mail later on and are horrified to discover a message from someone claiming to be an IRS agent, urging you to call back immediately regarding an outstanding tax bill that’s due now.   You might even find an email supposedly from the IRS, requesting personal information and/or payment of an outstanding tax bill!
Don’t take the bait. It’s not just tax season when there is an increase in these calls from identity thieves. The scammers and scoundrels just want your hard earned money. Don’t be that jittery taxpayers hesitant to question the IRS. QUESTION THAT caller. IRS does not call you! If you owe, they will, by law, send you a series of letters or notices and NOT an email. If you do in fact have an outstanding tax bill, you will receive a bill from the IRS, along with contact information for the agent assigned to your case.
The IRS will also never demand payment from you without the opportunity to appeal.  A tax scammer may threaten you with arrest or incarceration if you don’t pay your tax bill on the phone with them right now. Don’t ever agree to meet anyone at Walmart, at a bank, or anywhere else.  The IRS grants taxpayers the opportunity to contest or appeal their tax bill. The appeals process is clearly outlined in the tax due letter sent by the IRS.  The IRS will never demand that you pay taxes using only one method. Unlike tax scammers who insist you pay with cash or debit card.  They are even now asking you to pay with an ITunes card. 

The IRS DOES NOT TAKE PAYMENTS OVER THE PHONE.  They provide different payment options: personal check, cashier’s check, online payment with check or credit card or debit card, IRS Directpay , EFTPS (Electronic Federal Tax Payment System )  using the IRS’s secure online payment portal .

Tax scam artists will pose as an IRS agent over the phone or via email. They’ll use a phony name and a phony badge number. They may ask for your debit/credit card information, or your checking account information. Don’t fall for it. A legitimate IRS employee will never ask for payment information over the phone.

These scams initially targeted older taxpayers, recent immigrants and other vulnerable groups. U.S. seniors are subject to financial abuse via “target of opportunity” schemes and abuse by financial sales persons without scruples and by professional criminals. Tax scam artists have now branched out, and even tried to scam some police detectives,  IRS employees, TIGTA employees, other government employees.  Needless to say, if you receive one of these calls, do the following:
1.       Hang up immediately.
2.      Report the call to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGA).
3.      Report the call to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
4.      If you believe you owe taxes, contact the IRS directly at (800) 829-1040. IRS workers can verify your tax balance and help you make payment arrangements if necessary.
Additional Contacts to the IRS.
IRS Phone Numbers 800-829-1040

IRS care about protecting your identity. Their call center professionals take great care to make certain that they only discuss your personal information with you or someone you authorize to speak on your behalf. To ensure that you do not have to call back, please have the following documents ready.

If you’re calling about your own account:
Before you call, make sure you know or have the following information handy:
  1. Social Security cards and birth dates for those who were on the return you are calling about
  2. An Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) letter if you don’t have a Social Security number (SSN)
  3. Filing status – Single, Head of Household, Married Filing Joint or Married Filing Separate
  4. A copy of the tax return you’re calling about
  5. Any letters or notices we sent you
  6. If you are calling about someone else’s account:
  7. Our call center professionals will only speak with the taxpayer or their legally designated representative.

Before you call, make sure you have the following information handy:

IF you are calling on behalf of someone else and have either verbal or written authorization to discuss the account, make sure you have the following information:

  1. The ability to verify the taxpayer’s name, SSN/ITIN, tax period, form(s)
  2. PTIN or PIN if you are a third party designee
  3. A current, completed, and signed Form 8821, Tax Information Authorization or
  4. A completed and signed Form 2848, Power of Attorney and Declaration of Representative

IF there is a deceased taxpayer concerns be prepared to fax:

  1. The deceased taxpayer’s death certificate, and
  2. Either copies of Letters Testamentary approved by the court, or IRS Form 56, Notice Concerning Fiduciary Relationship (for estate executors)

IRS phone numbers
Customer service representatives are available Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. local time, unless otherwise noted. Residents of Alaska and Hawaii follow Pacific time. Puerto Rico phone lines are open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. local time.



People with hearing impairments:
800-829-4059 (TDD) See Tax Topic 102.

Exempt organizations, retirement plan administrators, and government:
877-829-5500 (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. local time)

Estate and gift:

(Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern time; 
Forms 706 U. S. Estate (and Generation-Skipping Transfer)
Tax Return and
Form 709, U. S. Gift
(and Generation-Skipping Transfer
 Tax Return only)

Excise Tax: Which includes
Form 2290 Heavy Highway Use Tax

(Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern time)

If you live outside the United States
Hours of availability vary by location.

Please IRS International Services page.

Face-to-face assistance
In certain areas, IRS also has local offices you may visit to receive assistance.

Also check out the following websites:
If you would like to report financial fraud, please contact the FBI at 202.324.3000 or online at   You may also wish to contact the United States Attorney's Office where you are located or where the fraud was committed.  Visit the Offices of the United States Attorneys for a list of the 93 United States Attorney's Offices and links to their websites.  In addition, certain government agencies target particular types of financial fraud.  Below are some common types of fraud and contact information for the agencies that routinely handle them.
Bankruptcy Fraud:
Department of Justice, U.S. Trustee Program
Commodities, Investment and Securities Fraud
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC): Center for Complaints and Enforcement Tips
Online Form:
Phone: (800) 732-0330
You can file a complaint or provide the SEC with tips on potential securities law violations through the links on their page.

U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission
Online Form: 
Phone: 866.366.2382 (Consumer Hotline) 202.418.5514 (TTY)
If you have questions, are aware of suspicious activities, or believe you have experienced commodity futures trading, commodity options trading or foreign currency trading (forex) fraud, please let the CFTC know immediately.

Cyber Crime
The Internet Crime Complaint Center ( ) receives, develops, and refers complaints regarding the rapidly expanding area of cyber crime. For law enforcement and regulatory agencies at the federal, state, local and international levels, IC3 is the central clearinghouse for complaints on internet related crimes. The IC3 complaint process provides victims of cyber crimes a  convenient, easily accessible, online reporting mechanism to alert law enforcement of suspected criminal and civil violations.  See the "File a Complaint" section of the IC3 Website for information and direction on how to submit a complaint to IC3. Visit the IC3's Internet Crime Schemes page for a list of the types of frauds and scams that IC3 handles.

Housing Discrimination
Department of Housing and Urban Development: 
Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity
Online Form:  
Phone: (800) 669-9777
Mail: Complete a claim form and mail to:
Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Room 5204, 451 Seventh St. SW, Washington, DC 20410-2000

Identity Theft
Federal Trade Commission (FTC): Complaint Assistant
Web Site (Spanish):  
Phone (for complaints against companies, organizations, or business practices): (877) FTC-HELP
Phone (for complaints about identity theft): (877) ID-THEFT
Email Address (for complaints about spam or phishing):
The Federal Trade Commission collects complaints about companies, business practices, identity theft, and episodes of violence in the media.
Mass Marketing/Telemarketing Fraud
Federal Trade Commission
Phone: 1 (877) FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357)
Online Form: Mass Marketing Fraud Complaint Form
If you have a complaint about any type of consumer fraud, including any type of mass-marketing fraud, you can file a complaint through a toll-free Consumer Help Line, 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357) or online with the Federal Trade Commission.
Mortgage Fraud or Loan Scams
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Phone: 1-800-CALLFBI (225-5324)
Online Tips: FBI Tips and Public Leads Form
To file a complaint with the FBI contact the nearest FBI field office. Locations are listed at or  or for major cases, you can also report information by calling toll-free number 1-800-CALLFBI (225-5324).

Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of the Inspector General Hotline
Phone: (800) 347-3735
Fax: (202) 708-4829 
Address: HUD OIG Hotline (GFI),

451 7th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20410 : A project of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law
Phone: 1-888-995-HOPE - was launched to serve as a nationwide clearinghouse for loan modification scam information on complaints filed, laws and regulations, and enforcement actions. If you think you’ve been scammed or approached by a company or individual promising to help you with your foreclosure, report it today.

Federal Trade Commission (FTC): Complaint Assistant
Web Site (Spanish):
Phone (for complaints against companies, organizations, or business practices): (877) FTC-HELP
Phone (for complaints about identity theft): (877) ID-THEFT
Email Address (for complaints about spam or phishing):
The Federal Trade Commission collects complaints about fraud, companies, business practices, identity theft, and episodes of violence in the media.
Rescue Fraud or fraud related to the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP)
Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program
Online Form: 
Phone: (877) SIG-2009
Fax: (202) 622-4559
Mail:  Office of the Special Inspector General For The Troubled Asset Relief Program Hotline, 1500 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Suite 1064, Washington, D.C. 20220

Retirement Plan Fraud and Abuse
Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
Phone: (410) 962-9547 (not toll-free)
Fax: (410) 962-0132
Mail: Internal Revenue Service, EP Tax Shelter Coordinator, 31 Hopkins Plaza, Room 1542, Baltimore, Maryland 21201
IRS Employee Plans maintains the Abusive Transaction Hotline that people can use to share information (anonymously, if preferred) about abusive tax shelters and emerging issues that may be abusive in retirement plans.

Social Security Fraud
US Social Security Administration (SSA) Fraud Hotline
Phone: (800) 269-0271
Online Form:
The SSA National Fraud Hotline provides an avenue for individuals to report fraud, waste, and abuse within SSA programs and operations. Additionally, the misuse of a Social Security number can also be reported.

Student Loan Fraud
U.S. Department of Education, Office of the Inspector General
Phone: 1-800-MIS-USED
Online Complaint Forms: English | Español
Anyone suspecting fraud, waste or abuse involving Department of Education funds or programs should call or write the Inspector General's Hotline (choose the method of contact which best suits you):
Send an email message to
Call the OIG Hotline's toll-free number 1-800-MIS-USED. The Hotline's operating hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9:00 AM until 11:00 AM, Eastern Time; Tuesday and Thursday, 1:00 PM until 3:00 PM, Eastern Time except for holidays.
Complete and submit a Complaint Form (English, Español)
To ensure complete anonymity, download a hard copy of the special complaint form complete, and mail to:
Inspector General's Hotline
Office of Inspector General
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-1500
Tax Fraud
Internal Revenue Service
For noncompliance with tax laws :
Mail: Internal Revenue Service, Fresno, CA 93888
For abusive tax promotions and/or promoters :
Mail: Internal Revenue Service Lead Development Center Stop MS5040 24000 Avila Road Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Fax: (949) 389-5083

For unresolved issues :
Taxpayer Advocate Service
 Contact you local Taxpayer Advocate 

The Taxpayer Advocate Service is an independent organization within the IRS and is your voice at the IRS. Their job is to ensure that every taxpayer is treated fairly and that you know and understand your rights as a taxpayer. We offer free help to guide you through the often-confusing process of resolving tax problems that you haven't been able to solve on your own. Remember, the worst thing you can do is nothing at all .

TAS can help if you can't resolve your problem with the IRS and:
  • Your problem is causing financial difficulties for you, your family, or your business.
  • You face or your business is facing an immediate threat of adverse action.
  • You've tried repeatedly to contact the IRS but no one has responded to you, or the IRS hasn't responded by the date promised.
Each state has at least one Local Taxpayer Advocate who is independent of the local IRS office and reports directly to the National Taxpayer Advocate. Select your state on the map on the above link which takes you to the website and you will  find the phone number and address of the Taxpayer Advocate Service office nearest you. You can also call this toll-free number to find out if TAS can help you: 1-877-777-4778.

If you qualify for our help, we'll do everything we can to get your problem resolved. You'll be assigned to one advocate who will be with you at every turn.

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Federal law (5 U.S.C. 6103) establishes the public holidays listed below for federal employees. Please note that most Federal employees work on a Monday through Friday schedule. For these employees, when a holiday falls on a nonwork days -- Saturday or Sunday -- the holiday usually is observed on Monday (if the holiday falls on Sunday) or Friday (if the holiday falls on Saturday).
Date Holiday
Monday, January 2* New Year's Day
Monday, January 16 Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Monday, February 20** Washington's Birthday
Monday, May 29 Memorial Day
Tuesday, July 4 Independence Day
Monday, September 4 Labor Day
Monday, October 9 Columbus Day
Friday, November 10*** Veterans Day
Thursday, November 23 Thanksgiving Day
Monday, December 25 Christmas Day

*January 1, 2017 (the legal public holiday for New Year's Day), falls on a Sunday. For most federal employees, Monday, January 2, will be treated as a holiday for pay and leave purposes. (See section 3(a) of Executive order 11582, February 11, 1971.)

Inauguration Day, January 20, 2017, falls on a Friday. An employee who works in the District of Columbia, Montgomery or Prince George's Counties in Maryland, Arlington or Fairfax Counties in Virginia, or the cities of Alexandria or Fairfax in Virginia, and who is regularly scheduled to perform 
non-overtime work on Inauguration Day, is entitled to a holiday. (See 5 U.S.C. 6103(c).) There is no in-lieu-of holiday for employees who are not regularly scheduled to work on Inauguration Day./p>

** This holiday is designated as "Washington's Birthday" in section 6103(a) of title 5 of the United States Code, which is the law that specifies holidays for Federal employees. Though other institutions such as state and local governments and private businesses may use other names, it is our policy to always refer to holidays by the names designated in the law.

*** November 11, 2017 (the legal public holiday for Veterans Day), falls on a Saturday. For most Federal employees, Friday, November 10, will be treated as a holiday for pay and leave purposes. (See 5 U.S.C. 6103(b).)