• "I am deeply grateful to the Masonic Village's employees, and will never be able to express my gratitude to all of them." — Catherine L.

  • "I liked my Masonic Charity Foundation charitable gift annuity so much, I opened three more. Why? I might be old-fashioned, but the scriptures have taught me the virtue of looking out for others. Knowing that the funds left in my gift annuities will care for the Masonic Village residents makes me feel wonderful." — Dorothy B.

  • "I am writing to tell you, from the bottom of my heart, just how wonderful the last two years of my mother's life were, thanks to all of you at the Masonic Village at Burlington." — Carol O.

  • "It's not just the Masonic Village's beautiful facilities and the many services that are offered to the residents – most of all, it's the employees. They are personally dedicated it seems to each and every individual here." — Catherine L.

  • "We are equally grateful for the 'loving arms of hospice' that were wrapped around our family in our hour of need." — M.W.

  • "When we decided to come to the Masonic Village at Burlington, we knew it was going to be a very big change in our lives. When we came here, we were very pleased that it was not difficult. We would recommend the Masonic Village highly to a friend." — Joseph and Bertha B.

  • "There is simply no way to express the depth of gratitude I feel for the Masonic Village at Burlington – thank you!" — Jim C.

  • "We know first-hand how very special Acacia Hospice's caregivers are, and we thank every single one of them from the bottom of our hearts." — J.M.

  • "It is with a grateful heart that we extend to you our deepest gratitude for the loving care that Acacia Hospice afforded our beloved Aunt." — M.W.

  • "It has been a source of tremendous relief that my parents were in such caring and professional hands during the final years of their lives." — Jim C.

  • "It takes a very special person to do the job Acacia Hospice's caregivers do every day. We would like you to know we think you have an incredible group of 'Angels.'" — J.M

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Wednesday May 23, 2018

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IRS Publishes 'Dirty Dozen Tax Schemes'

In IR-2018-66, the Service published a list of 12 tax scams. All taxpayers and tax advisors are encouraged to review this list. The IRS recommends everyone should "be on the lookout for these con games throughout the year."

The top IRS tax scams include the 12 following methods:
  1. Phishing - Be alert for fake emails, especially those claiming to be from the IRS. The IRS explains that it "will never initiate contact with taxpayers via email about a bill or tax refund." Do not click on links from emails if you do not know the sender.
  2. Phone Scams - If you receive a call from a person who claims to represent the IRS, be very cautious. Scammers may threaten you with immediate arrest, revocation of your driver's license or deportation.
  3. Identity Theft - Be alert for efforts to steal your identity. Notify the IRS if you discover someone has used your Social Security Number to file a tax return and claim your refund.
  4. Return Preparer Fraud - Know your tax preparer. Most are honest, but some preparers commit tax refund fraud.
  5. Fake Charities - Give generously only to charities you know are legitimate. You can search the IRS database of qualified charities on the "Exempt Organizations Select Check" section of www.irs.gov. Watch out for false charities with names similar to well-known nonprofits.
  6. Inflated Refunds - Be cautious if your tax preparer promises an unusually large refund. Do not sign a blank tax return. Review your return before signing it.
  7. Excessive Claims for Business Credits - Do not claim the off-road fuel credit or a research credit unless you are properly qualified to do so.
  8. Padding Deductions on Returns - Do not inflate your mortgage interest, charitable contributions or business deductions.
  9. False Income to Obtain Tax Credits - Do not inflate your income in order to benefit from the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).
  10. Frivolous Tax Arguments - Promoters of these arguments may make "unreasonable and outlandish claims about the legality of paying taxes despite being repeatedly thrown out in court." If you take advice from people who make these claims, you could be subject to a frivolous tax return penalty of $5,000.
  11. Abusive Tax Shelters - These are complex schemes to avoid payment of taxes. Most Americans pay their fair share, but some are involved in tax shelters. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is an abusive tax shelter.
  12. Offshore Tax Avoidance - You should not hide funds in offshore banks. All Americans are required to report interest, wherever it is earned. There are major penalties if you are caught hiding assets offshore.

Published March 23, 2018
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