Client Alerts

IRS sees new phone scam from fake certified letters

June 16, 2017



The Internal Revenue Service issued a warning Thursday cautioning taxpayers and tax professionals about a new scam revolving around the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System, in which criminals are calling innocent taxpayers demanding they make an immediate tax payment through a prepaid debit card.

The IRS has been hearing reports about the scam around the country. It has...

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Help us Support the Men and Women who Protect our Freedom!

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Tax Deadline Schedule

Steve Ellard

April 4, 2017

The office will be closed the week of April 17th.

All tax returns must be picked up by Friday April 14th by 5:00 PM.

All tax returns received by March 25, 2017 will be completed by the due date. Returns received after March 25, 2017 may need to be placed on

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Help us fight Hunger!

Steve Ellard

February 11, 2017

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IRS warns W-2 phishing scam is spreading wider

February 3, 2017

The Internal Revenue Service is cautioning a variety of organizations that the W-2 phishing email scam is now spreading to more organizations beyond corporate America, with schools, restaurants, hospitals and tribal groups now being targeted by cybercriminals.

 
Last week, the IRS issued a warning about the scam reappearing this tax season for the second year in a row (see...

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QuickBooks phishing scam

January 26, 2017

Better Business Bureau warns of QuickBooks phishing scam

 

The Better Business Bureau Northwest is sounding the alarm about a new email phishing scam targeting users of Intuit’s QuickBooks accounting software.

Victims receive an email in their inbox with the subject line, “QuickBooks Support: Change Request.” The email claims to...

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Increase in Massachusetts Minimum Wage

Steve Ellard

January 5, 2017

Effective January 1, 2017 the minimum wage in Massachusetts has increased again. The new minimum wage is $11 per hour and the new service rate is $3.75...for more information check out our Resource Center at

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FLSA overtime rule blocked by court

November 23, 2016

By Daniel Wiessner and Robert Iafolla


A federal judge on Tuesday blocked an Obama administration rule to extend mandatory overtime pay to more than 4 million salaried workers from taking effect, imperiling one of the outgoing president's signature achievements for boosting wages.

U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant, in Sherman, Texas, agreed with 21 states and a coalition...

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IRS Warns of Robocalling Scammers

August 3, 2016

The Internal Revenue Service is seeing a big increase this summer in automated phone calls from con artists pretending to work for the IRS calling innocent taxpayers demanding overdue taxes.


The criminals leave urgent callback requests on voice mail telling taxpayers to call back to settle their “tax bill.” The bogus calls generally purport to be the last warning...

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We're Hiring!

Do you believe that accountants should be more than tax preparers? Do you want to build a partnership with business owners? Help them grow their businesses and attain their goals? We Do!

We are looking for an accountant who shares our vision and passion for helping businesses; an accountant who wants to work with a team who has been nationally recognized for their progressive approach

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Don’t be Fooled; IRS Scams Continue to Pose Serious Threat

March 31, 2016

 

The Internal Revenue Service has some advice for taxpayers this April Fool’s Day that  may prevent them from being the victim of a tax scam: Don’t be fooled by scammers. Stay safe and be informed. Here are some of the most recent IRS-related scams to be on the lookout for:

Telephone Scams. Aggressive and threatening phone calls by...

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IRS Warns of Massive Telephone Fraud Scam

Steve Ellard

January 21, 2016

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration is urging taxpayers and practitioners to be on “high alert” about a massive telephone fraud scam being committed by criminals impersonating Internal Revenue Service employees

TIGTA also announced additional outreach efforts to prevent taxpayers from falling victim to criminals who pretend to be IRS and Treasury...

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IMPORTANT CHANGES TO THE MASSACHUSETTS MINIMUM WAGE

Steve Ellard

December 31, 2015

IMPORTANT CHANGES TO THE MASSACHUSETTS MINIMUM WAGE
In accordance with An Act Restoring the Minimum Wage and Providing Unemployment Insurance Reforms Chapter 144 of the Acts of 2014

 

Effective January 1, 2016:


• Minimum Wage shall be $10.00 per hour

The minimum...

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Christmas and New Year Schedules

December 21, 2015

Re: Christmas and New Year Schedules

Due to banking regulations and the upcoming holidays, we are unable to process your payroll checks in our normal timeframe.

As a result of these banking regulations and in order to process your payroll in the timeframe provided, we will need your payroll information by 3:00 on Monday December 21, 2015 and as well as on Monday, December...

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MassTaxConnect is now live

Steve Ellard

December 1, 2015

Yesterday, the DOR officially launched its newest online portal for filing and paying business taxes in the Commonwealth: MassTaxConnect. MassTaxConnect has replaced WebFile for Business, offering all the benefits the old system offered, along with a host of new functionalities that will make paying and filing taxes in Massachusetts easier, simpler, and more efficient than ever...

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Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

steve

November 23, 2015

Our office will  close at noon on Wednesday November 25th  for the Thanksgiving Holiday and will re-open on Monday November 30, 2015 at 9:00 am.

We wish you a happy and safe

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Inspector General Warns of Continuing IRS Impersonation Scam

Steve Ellard

October 20, 2015

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration issued a warning,  that taxpayers should continue to beware of  fraudulent phone calls by individuals misrepresenting themselves as Internal Revenue Service employees.

TIGTA noted that it continues to receive reports of thousands of contacts every month in which individuals make unsolicited calls to taxpayers fraudulently...

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Columbus Day Holiday

Steve Ellard

October 8, 2015

Our office will be closed for Columbus Day on Monday October 12, 2015

Regular office hours will resume on Tuesday October 13, 2015.

Have a safe and happy Columbus

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Make the Switch to New Payments Technology

September 22, 2015

By SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet and Square CEO Jack Dorsey  

This October, America will take a major step to mitigate fraud and improve our financial security by migrating away from outdated credit and debit cards that transmit sensitive customer data using magnetic stripes. In 2015, it should not surprise us that a system using essentially the same technology as...

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3RD QUARTER ESTIMATED TAX PAYMENTS DUE SEPTEMBER 15, 2015

Steve Ellard

September 8, 2015

Your third quarter 2015 federal and state estimated tax payments are due on September 15, 2015.

Your estimate vouchers are located in the Client Action Required folder in your client portal.

Accurate 2015 estimated payments are neccessary to avoid future interest and penalties, so please keep us informed of any significant changes in your financial affairs or...

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Client Appreciation Cookout - Friday September 4, 2015 12:00-3:pm

Steve Ellard

August 24, 2015

We hope you had a fabulous summer season. Come celebrate Labor Day with us on Friday, September 4th, from noon until 3pm. Please stop by for some burgers, hot dogs, drinks and desserts with our staff.

Relax and start the weekend off right!

We look forward to seeing you at our office 2759 Main Street in

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2015 Massachusetts' Sales Tax Holiday Set for August 15-16th.

Steve Ellard

August 10, 2015

Last Week Governor Baker signed into law a sales tax holiday for the weekend of  August 15-16th.

Here is a summary of the act. If you have any questions, please contact us.

TIR 15-7: The 2015 Massachusetts Sales Tax Holiday Weekend
 

I.  Introduction

A recently enacted statute provides for a Massachusetts “sales tax holiday...

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Top 10 Tips about Tax Breaks for the Military

Steve Ellard

July 15, 2015

Top 10 Tips about Tax Breaks for the Military

If you are in the U. S. Armed Forces, special tax breaks may apply to you. For example, some types of pay are not taxable. Certain rules apply to deductions or credits that you may be able to claim that can lower your tax. In some cases, you may get more time to file your tax return. You may also get more time to pay your...

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July 4th Holiday

Steve Ellard

July 1, 2015

We wish all of our clients and friends a very happy and safe 4th of July!

 

In observance of Independence Day, we will be closed on Friday  July 3rd. We will reopen on Monday, July 6th at 9:00

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Massachusetts' Sick Time Law Seminar

Steve Ellard

June 2, 2015

Sick Time Law starts July 1, 2015 !.....Are you ready?

All employers in Massachusetts will be required to provide earned sick time starting July 1, 2015.

Join us on June 25, 2015 at 5:30 at the Orleans Firehouse Gallery, 44 Main Street, Orleans, MA, 02653. Learn how this new law will impact your business and the steps necessary to implement it.

Register for this...

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Memorial Day Holiday

Steve Ellard

May 19, 2015

In observance of Memorial Day, we will be closing the office at 3:00 on Friday May 22,2015.

Our office will be closed for Memorial Day on Monday, May 25, 2015.

Regular office hours will resume on Tuesday, May 26, 2015.

Have a safe and happy Memorial

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Top 10 Tips to Know if You Get a Letter from the IRS

Steve Ellard

April 30, 2015

Top 10 Tips to Know if You Get a Letter from the IRS


The IRS mails millions of notices and letters to taxpayers each year. There are a variety of reasons why we might send you a notice. Here are the top 10 tips to know in case you get one.

1.    Don’t panic. You often can take care of a notice simply by responding to it.

2.  ...

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Tax Amnesty Program for Qualified Massachusetts Taxpayers

Steve Ellard

March 21, 2015

Tax Amnesty Program for Qualified Massachusetts Taxpayers

Sixty-day tax amnesty program to begin March 16

(Boston, MA) – The Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR) today announced a 60-day amnesty program authorized by the Legislature designed to encourage the payment of delinquent taxes. The amnesty program will run from March 16 through May 15 and applies to certain...

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IRS Completes The "Dirty Dozen" Tax Scams for 2015

Steve Ellard

February 27, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service wrapped up the 2015 "Dirty Dozen" list of tax scams today with a warning to taxpayers about aggressive telephone scams continuing coast-to-coast during the early weeks of this year's filing season.

The aggressive, threatening phone calls from...

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YES WE ARE OPEN!

Steve Ellard

February 15, 2015

Thank goodness it does not snow on Cape Cod!

The second blizzard of the winter will not stop us. We are plowed out and open for business.

Stop by and enjoy coffee or tea and warm up by the fireplace.

Drive carefully and be safe everyone.

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1099 Filing Requirements

Steve Ellard

January 30, 2015

What are the Form 1099 Filing Requirements?

The IRS works constantly to improve income reporting by taxpayers. One tool they employ is requiring businesses to file “information returns” that tell the IRS about amounts the business paid out that should be reported by the recipients as income.

Probably the most familiar of these information returns is the Form W-2...

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Due to the anticipated snow storm, the office will be closed on January 27-28, 2015

Steve Ellard

January 26, 2015

In anticipation of the impending historic blizzard all appointments scheduled for January 27 and 28 are cancelled. Please contact the office to reschedule your appointments.

Please take proper precautions to prepare for this

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IMPORTANT CHANGES TO THE MASSACHUSETTS MINIMUM WAGE

Steve Ellard

December 28, 2014

IMPORTANT CHANGES TO THE MASSACHUSETTS MINIMUM WAGE
In accordance with An Act Restoring the Minimum Wage and Providing Unemployment Insurance Reforms Chapter 144 of the Acts of 2014

Effective January 1, 2015

MINIMUM WAGE: $9.00 PER HOUR
The minimum wage law applies to all employees except...

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Christmas and New Year Schedules

Steve Ellard

December 22, 2014

All Clients:


Re: Christmas and New Year Schedules

Due to banking regulations and the upcoming holidays, we are unable to process your payroll checks in our normal timeframe.

As a result of these banking regulations and in order to process your payroll in the timeframe provided, we will need your payroll information by 3:00 on Friday, December 19, 2014 and also...

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BREWSTER FOR THE HOLIDAYS - DECEMBER 5-7, 2014

Steve Ellard

December 5, 2014

We invite you to stop by our office tomorrow during our Holiday Open House from 10-1.

We will be selling wave ornaments, with all profits going to Cape Cod Cares for the Troops & Animal Rescue League of Boston.

Refreshments will be served.

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING !

Steve Ellard

Our office will close at noon today and reopen on Friday November 28, 2014 at 9:00 am.

We wish you a happy and safe thanksgiving!

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Cape Cod Landscape Association

Steven M. Ellard

November 6, 2014

The Steven M. Ellard, CPA team is excited to participate in the 2014 Cape Cod Landscape Association Professional Education Seminar & Trade Show.

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Columbus Day Holiday

Steve Ellard

October 9, 2014

Our office will be closed for Columbus Day on Monday, October 13, 2014.

Regular office hours will resume on Tuesday, October 14, 2014.

Have a safe and happy Columbus Day

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MA TAX AMNESTY PROGRAM - SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER 2014

Steve Ellard

September 19, 2014

What You Need to Know About the Tax Amnesty Program

A provision in the FY15 Massachusetts state budget establishes a tax amnesty program for two consecutive months during the 2015 fiscal year for certain tax types.

What is this tax amnesty program?

When you don’t pay your taxes in full when they are due, interest and a variety of...

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3RD QUARTER ESTIMATED TAX PAYMENTS DUE SEPTEMBER 15, 2014

Steve Ellard

September 9, 2014

Your third quarter 2014 federal and state estimated tax payements are due on September 15, 2014.

Your estimate vouchers are located in the Client Action Required folder in your client portal.

Accurate 2014 estimated payments are neccessary to avoid future interest and penalties, so please keep us informed of any significant changes in...

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CLIENT APPRECIATION COOKOUT - FRIDAY AUGUST 29TH FROM NOON TIL 3:00

Steve Ellard

August 18, 2014

CLIENT APPRECIATION COOKOUT

 

Celebrate summer's end with us at a labor day weekend cookout

Join us on Friday August 29th from noon til 3:00 as we start our labor day weekend

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2014 Massachusetts' Sales Tax Holiday set for August 16-17th

Steve Ellard

August 14, 2014

This week the Governor finally signed into law a sales tax holiday for August 16-17th.

Here is a summary of the act. If you have any questions, please contact us.

 

TIR 14-7: The 2014 Massachusetts Sales Tax Holiday Weekend

I. Introduction

A recently enacted statute provides for a Massachusetts “sales tax holiday weekend,” i.e., two...

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New Hosted QuickBooks Log in Procedures

This weekend we launched our new and improved website. The changes were designed to optimize your experience on any devise -  desktop, tablet or phone.

As part of this redesign how you log into Hosted QuickBooks has changed slightly. We have created a video that will take you step by step through the log in process.

Follow the link below to our Resource...

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NStar warning customers about scam demanding payment

Steve Ellard

July 11, 2014

A note from Nstar

 

Recently there has been an increase in scams both in our region and nationally. 

As an important safety reminder, all NSTAR employees carry photo...

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4th of July Schedule

Steve Ellard

June 24, 2014

We wish all of our clients a very happy and safe 4th of July!

In observance of Independence Day, we will be closing the office at noon on Thursday, July 3rd. We will reopen on Monday, July 7th at 9:00

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