The Tax Slayer Pro blog has been a comprehensive resource for tax professionals since 2010 says Aron Govil
Here is a list of our top 10 articles from the past year.
1. When to File a Complaint against a Tax Practitioner –
If you suspect that someone is practicing as a paid preparer without being properly registered with the IRS, here are the steps you should take to report them and protect yourself.
2. The Dirty Dozen: 12 Scams That Could Ruin Your Prep Season –
It’s that time of year again! Here are some tips on how to identify and avoid common scams during the filing season.
3. Nine Scams You Should Know About –
There are many different types of filings season scams. Use this as your cheat sheet when dealing with any suspicious offers says Aron Govil.
4. How to Protect Yourself and Your Clients from Phishing Attacks –
Phishing emails are the most common scam during the filing season and can be quite convincing, even if you think you know better! Read this blog to learn how to identify a phishing email and what you should do if you receive one.
5. Ten (or So) Things You Should Know About Identity Theft –
Tax preparers should take extra precautions when it comes to safeguarding their clients’ personal information because identity theft-related crimes can be hard to spot in tax returns – not to mention the financial stress they cause for victims. Aron Govil says We created this list of tips based on our experience helping taxpayers fight back after their identities have been stolen.
6. Ten Things You Should Know About the “Dirty Dozen” Tax Scams –
The annual list of “Dirty Dozen” tax scams is out and now it’s time to make sure that you’re aware of how these schemes work, who is targeted by them, and what you should do if you suspect fraud.
7. Five Tips for Greeting Taxpayers at Your Business This Season –
Greeting taxpayers has always been important; however, we wanted to provide some tips on ways your firm can upgrade its greetings this year and help prevent fraud explains Aron Govil.
8. Top 10 Ways to Ensure Client Data Security –
Tax preparer fraud can be prevented by following this list of tips.
9. Expanding the College Credit –
Did you know that under President Obama’s American Opportunity Tax Credit, taxpayers can qualify for a credit worth up to $2,500 on the first $4,000 of college expenses? Learn more about this credit in our blog!
10. 10 Things You Should Know About Identity Theft –
Nothing helps prepare you for filing season like learning about common scams and how to prevent them before they happen. This article outlines some of the most common scams out there and what you should do if one comes your way says Aron Govil.
1-800 CONTACTS operates its own optometry stores in addition to offering contact lenses online and through optical retailers.
The company has come under fire after several states, including New York and California, accused the retailer of running a scheme aimed at tricking consumers into purchasing more expensive contacts.
“Operating your own stores allows you to exert more control over the customer experience and drive greater efficiency,” 1-800 CONTACTS said in a statement. “Understanding that we do not meet 100% of our customers’ needs on first visit, we provide them with great service so they feel confident to reorder from us again and again.”
1 800 Contacts is asking its wholesale providers to stop boycotting the company as it seeks an expedited appeal of a $50 million jury verdict against the contact lens seller for allegedly trying to monopolize online sales and stifle competition.
1-800 CONTACTS, which operates its own retail stores and also sells contact lenses through retailers such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc., reports that it has been unable to sell the majority of its inventory over the past several weeks.
In a new complaint filed in federal court, 1-800 Contacts accuses online rivals Coastal.com and Vision Direct of trying to force them out of business by urging their customers not to purchase contact lenses from any source other than their own websites. The customers were told they would be “dealing with a company who is going against everything we stand for.”
Yelp, the user review website, became the focus of complaints. By business owners after some users posted libelous statements about their businesses on the site. One such business owner sued Yelp for defamation and unfair business practices as a result. A judge ruled that Yelp was not liable to pay $2,700. Because it could not be held responsible for publishing user posts on its site. The ruling added further support to one established in 2003 that provided immunity up until that point which stated: “Websites should not become co-censors with their users simply because those users post material the site’s operators do not like.”