Feb 2017 Newsletter – Tax Scam Season & Overtime Rules

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As your mailbox fills up with information required to organize your 2016 tax records, now is the time to think about productive ways to use your potential refund. Outlined here are some ideas to consider. Unfortunately, tax-filing season is also tax-scam season. This month’s newsletter shows you how to identify possible fraudsters that may target you. Information regarding the pending overtime law change and the taxability of collectibles round out this month’s newsletter.

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Reminder: It is Tax Scam Season Too

1Thousands of Americans faced this situation in 2016, though the people on the other end of their phone lines weren’t actually from the IRS. They were scam artists calling across the world from Mumbai, India. Their aggressive shakedown of U.S. taxpayers brought in $150,000 a day until police cracked down on their call center.

Overtime Rules Go Into Overtime

The fate of a Labor Department rule extending mandatory overtime pay to workers by doubling the eligible salary cap is uncertain under the new presidential administration.


Use Your Tax Refund Wisely

3Three of every four Americans got a refund check last year and the average amount was $2,777, according to IRS statistics. Because the amount of a refund is often uncertain, we may be tempted to spend it without too much planning. One way to counteract this natural tendency is to come up with a plan beforehand to spend your refund purposefully. Here are some ideas.

Collectibles and the Tax Collector

It typically takes a great deal of personal interest and expertise in a given field – whether it’s rare art, coins or baseball cards – to judge a treasure from a trinket. For those of you who have been bitten by the collector’s bug, here are some tax considerations.


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