Spark Notes

News & Updates from Spark Financial Services

2016 Tax Season - Quickly Approaching

The beautiful fall season is here and the end of the year is near. Believe it or not we have less than 90 days before 2016 eagerly greets us. There are lots of changes coming for the 2015 tax year including the Affordable Healthcare Act, Health Spending Accounts and much much more. Stay tuned to be the FIRST to know about all of the changes coming! If you have tax questions, email them to monique@sparkfinancialservices.com and we will be happy to answer them for you. Be on the lookout via Facebook and Twitter for news about upcoming webinars to answer all of your tax questions as well.
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Monthly Tax Tip - The IRS & Identity Theft

Ever file a tax return, only to be told that someone has already submitted a return for your social security number? One MAJOR change for the upcoming 2016 tax season is geared toward REDUCING the number of fraudulent returns being filed. The IRS is rolling out a plan that will require an IDENTITY PROTECTION PIN to be submitted on the return.


If you have ever filed an identity theft affidavit, and the IRS sent you a PIN to use when submitting your return you will need that PIN next year. Failure to include the PIN in the required fields will result in the return being rejected which could cause further delays in receiving your refund. Details on the new rule can be found on the IRS website.


Fraudulent returns are high on the IRS's priorty list since they paid out nearly $6 billion in refunds that should not have been allowed. Read more about that here.

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