Summary Since partition, the economic strength of the north and the south have gone into reverse. The economy of the Republic is now four times larger than that of Northern Ireland, with industrial output ten times larger than that of Northern Ireland. In other words, a worker in the Republic is typically paid half as much again as someone working in Northern Ireland.
Andrew Berg July 13th The IRS has identified several new variations of standard tax scams involving fake tax bills and demands for payments.
Many of these scams involve purchasing and transferring information using a gift card or iTunes card.
Other scams to be aware of include: Be Alert and Aware: Scammers call and demand immediate tax payment and threaten arrest if a payment is not made immediately by a specific prepaid debit card.
Victims are also warned that they should NOT talk to their tax preparer, attorney or local IRS office until after the payment is made. According to the IRS, scammers tell victims that if they do not call back, a warrant will be issued for their arrest. Those who do respond are told they must make immediate payment either by a specific prepaid debit card or by wire transfer.
Private Debt Collection Scams The IRS recently sent letters to taxpayers whose overdue federal tax accounts are being assigned to one of four specific collection agencies. Scammers are aware of this and are now calling taxpayers posing as private collection firms. If you receive a call like this and you have not been notified by the IRS about a tax debt, it is safe to consider the call a scam.
Know the Signs of a Scam Given the level of sophistication and perseverance of scammers, it is sometimes difficult to determine legitimate contact by the IRS and its authorized private collection agencies versus ploys to get your money and personal information.
Protect yourself by understanding that the IRS will: Never contact you initially by phone or demand immediate payment by prepaid debit cards, gift cards or wire transfers. Never threaten to immediately bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have the taxpayer arrested for non payment.
Never demand that taxes be paid without giving the taxpayer the opportunity to question or appeal the amount owed.
Never ask for credit or debit card numbers or other sensitive information over the phone. Remember, the IRS will mail a bill to taxpayers who owe.
And all tax payments should only be made payable to the U. Treasury and never to third parties. If you are contacted via phone by a scammer this summer, do not give out any information.
Hang up immediately and report the scam to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at this site or call the hotline at If you are unsure about any potential outstanding tax obligations, it is also a good idea to check with your tax preparer.This week's article in my continuing series on antidepressants will examine the physiological, psychological and social consequences of antidepressant use.
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