Taxes 2015: How to Spot and Avoid Tax Scams -

Taxes 2015: How to Spot and Avoid Tax Scams  Tax Day is around the corner, but that doesn’t mean it will be the end of tax-related scams. There are a few simple steps you can take to make sure you don’t get ripped off. First, you should know that the IRS will never call you for their first point of contact. “The IRS never, never, never telephones you. They never send you email either,” Richard Gartland, senior tax advisor with H&R Block, said. Instead, they will typically send you a letter. In a typical tax-phishing scam, someone will try to pose as an IRS agent and demand payment immediately. “They threaten them with arrest or going to court or in the case of immigrants they threaten to deport them if they don’t pay money immediately,” Stephanie Zimmerman, ABC News’ The Fixer, said. One other tip: never sign a blank tax form for someone else to fill out, and know where your tax preparer will be after April 15, in case the IRS has questions.

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A Few Reasons an Electric Car Might Not Be For You

A Few Reasons an Electric Car Might Not Be For You

When you live in a place like the San Francisco Bay Area, owning or leasing an electric vehicle is fairly simple to justify. The state allows you to use HOV lanes with only one person aboard. Some cities allow you to park in metered parking spots for free. Charging your electric vehicle at the mall can be free. Some businesses might offer electric vehicle charging. There are additional rebates on top of the $7,500 federal tax credit for buying an electric car. Electric companies provide discounted power rates for electric car owners for charging in off-peak hours. Some counties offer rebates for installing 240V home charging systems for electric vehicles.

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