IRS Tax Tip: Five Easy Ways to Spot a Scam Phone Call

From the IRS:  The IRS has issued a consumer alert providing taxpayers with tips to protect themselves from telephone scam artists calling and pretending to be with the IRS. These callers may demand money or may say you have a refund due and try to trick you into sharing private information. These con artists can sound convincing when they call. They may know a lot about you, and they usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling. They use fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers. If you don't answer, they often leave an "urgent" callback request.

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IRS Delays Start of 2014 Tax Filing Season

The IRS plans to open the 2014 filing season on January 13, 2014 for Business Tax Returns, and on January 31, 2014 for Individual Tax Returns.  The 16-day government closure in October 2013 made it necessary for the IRS to delay the original opening dates to allow adequate time to program and test its tax processing systems.

IRS Online Payment System Now Available for 1040s

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced the successful start of its new web-based system - IRS Direct Pay - on IRS.gov, which lets taxpayers pay their tax bills or make estimated payments directly from checking or savings accounts without any fees or pre-registration.

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2014 Philadelphia Wage Tax Rate Changes

The Philadelphia Revenue Department announced the following wage/earnings tax rates effective January 1, 2014:

Residents............3.92%

Nonresidents.......3.4915%

Dunlap & Associates Opens Quakertown Office

Dunlap & Associates is pleased to announce the opening of a new office in Quakertown.  "The newly opened Quakertown office is an integral part of our overall service philosophy - to provide the best service possible to our clients and be readily accessible to them when needed," explains Larry Pickering, Shareholder and Managing Director. "We have several clients in the Quakertown/Lehigh Valley region, and this office will enable us to continue our goal of providing exceptional client service for both existing and new clients throughout the area. It is our hope that this new office location will enable us to become even more involved in the Upper Bucks and Lehigh Valley communities and enhance our presence in the region." The new office is located at 101 E. Mill Street, Suite 103, Quakertown.

2014 Mileage Rates

Effective January 1, 2014, the Standard Mileage Rates are revised as follows:

  • Business Rate = 56 cents per mile (down from 56.5 cents)
  • Medical and Moving Rate = 23.5 cents per mile (down from 24 cents)
  • The Charitable Rate remains unchanged at 14 cents