Recently I highlighted a blog post about the Communications Services Tax (CST) in Florida being the 4th highest in the country.  Well, here's another article about taxes in Florida.  When you include other taxes and compare Florida with the other states, we're not doing too badly.  Floridians pay an average of $3648 in state and local taxes compared to other major states like Washington ($3823) and Texas ($5193).  Don't even mention states like New York or California.  State and local taxes there are even higher than Federal taxes.

Read more here:

http://blogs.browardpalmbeach.com/pulp/2015/02/florida_is_one_of_the_most_tax-friendly_states_according_to_study.php

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In my previous blog post, I wrote about the first 6 tax scams the IRS is warning you about.  They are:

  1. Bogus phone calls
  2. Phishing scams
  3. Identity theft
  4. Fraudulent tax preparer
  5. Offshore tax evasion
  6. Over-the-top tax refund

Here are the final 6 of the IRS’ Dirty Dozen tax scams:

  1. Bogus charities

There are organizations that masquerade as charities seeking donations.  Be on your guard against them.  They sometimes use names of well-known major organizations to try to dupe you into thinking they are legitimate.  If you are unsure of the legitimacy of any charity, contact the IRS.  They have a list of bona fide charitable organizations that are eligible to receive tax-exempt donations.

  1. Falsifying documents

If you come across any tax preparer that suggests you falsify tax documents to cut down on your taxes, do not take their advice.  And don’t you even consider doing it yourself.  The IRS has ways to detect fraudulent tax forms, so don’t try this.

  1. Fraudulent claims for Fuel Tax credit

The fuel tax credit is for those who use their business vehicles for off-highway business use including for farming.  As such, this credit is not for most taxpayers to claim.  But many unscrupulous tax preparers advice their clients to claim for this credit although they are not eligible for it.  Do not get sucked in to this scam.

  1. Frivolous arguments on taxes

Did you know that you may be liable to a $5,000 penalty if you are convicted of filing a frivolous tax claim?  So if you are tempted to make any frivolous argument just to save a few bucks on your taxes.  It’s not worth it.  You might be slapped with a hefty fine for doing so.  What is frivolous and what is not?  Generally, if you don’t think you have a good chance of winning your claim, it’s probably frivolous.  If you feel you have a legitimate claim and are not sure what to do, the best move is to consult a tax attorney.  Call us at (813) 229-7100 for a no-cost consultation.

  1. Illegitimate tax avoidance schemes

You should be wary of any scheme that promises hard-to-believe plans to avoid paying taxes.  The IRS is on the warpath against complex tax avoidance schemes and the people behind them.  If you are caught in such a scheme, you will be penalized.  Again, if you are unsure, call us at (813) 229-7100 for a free consultation.

  1. False Income to claim credits

The last but not least scam that people resort to is to falsify their income to claim credits they are not eligible for.  Remember you are responsible to check that all information in your tax returns is accurate.  Don’t get talked into falsifying your information.

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