Charles B. Benvenutti, CPA, PA  Est. 1982

A booklet from Jim Hood,  Attorney General of Mississippi, to help protect against identity theft and  to give guidance on what to do if you are a victim of identity theft. 

Corporate Filing Solicitation targets Mississippi Businesses

 

The Secretary of State’s Office has received numerous complaints regarding a company called "Annual Business Services," which has apparently been soliciting businesses across the State.  In what appears as an official correspondence, Annual Business Services requests businesses to provide sensitive information and a check for $125.00.  In return, the company would prepare an “Annual Minutes Requirement Statement.” There is no “Annual Minutes Requirement Statement” form required by the Secretary of State’s Office. 

 

The Secretary of State’s Office encourages Mississippi corporations to utilize extreme caution in the disclosure of sensitive information to outside vendors.  This Agency does not require the submission of such information with the State of Mississippi and opposes the collection of such information for public dissemination. If you have any questions, you may contact the Business Services Division of the Secretary of State’s Office at 601-359-1633

"Taxpayers across the nation face a deluge of these aggressive phone scams. Don't be fooled by callers pretending to be from the IRS in an attempt to steal your money," said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen. “We continue to say if you are surprised to be hearing from us, then you're not hearing from us.”

"There are many variations. The caller may threaten you with arrest or court action to trick you into making a payment,” Koskinen added. “Some schemes may say you're entitled to a huge refund. These all add up to trouble. Some simple tips can help protect you."


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Source: https://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/Phone-Scams-Continue-to-be-a-Serious-Threat,-Remain-on-IRS-Dirty-Dozen-List-of-Tax-Scams-for-the-2016-Filing-Season

Phone Scams Continue to be a Serious Threat


IR-2016-14, Feb. 2, 2016

WASHINGTON — Aggressive and threatening phone calls by criminals impersonating IRS agents remain a major threat to taxpayers, headlining the annual "Dirty Dozen" list of tax scams for the 2016 filing season, the Internal Revenue Service announced today.

The IRS has seen a surge of these phone scams as scam artists threaten police arrest, deportation, license revocation and other things. The IRS reminds taxpayers to guard against all sorts of con games that arise during any filing season.