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In this issue:
- Summer Renewal Incentives Expire Soon
- Have You Renewed W2/1099?
- Beware of Phishy E-mails and Phony Phone Calls!
- Windows 10 Compatibility
Summer Renewal Incentives Expire Soon
Time is almost up for CFS summer renewal incentives! Renew by August 31st to receive:
- $5 off every program renewed early;
- 20% off the first-time purchase of additional software or network upgrades; and
- 15% off forms, envelopes, folders, and checks.
Click here to log in and renew now!
Have You Renewed W2/1099?
W2/1099 Payroll System will be available for download soon. If you haven't already done so, be sure to renew by August 31st to take advantage of our summer early renewal incentives (see above article). And if you plan to e-file your W-2s and 1099s, don't forget the E-File Add-On!
Customers often ask why we don't release W2/1099 in January, when other Payroll System programs are released. There are several reasons for this:
- The IRS has been known to post form specifications for some information returns as late as April; revisions have been posted even later than that due to late legislation (which is why we also wait until summer to print and ship our red forms);
- Once programmed, forms generated by our software must undergo an approval process before the software can be released; and
- In any case, the software is rarely needed until December or January.
Beware of Phishy E-mails and Phony Phone Calls!
Each year, thousands of taxpayers are contacted by imposters claiming to represent the IRS. Whether they use phishing (counterfeit e-mails and/or web sites) or telephone calls, these criminals have one objective: to obtain enough personal information to enable them to drain the victim's bank account.
Do your clients a favor and warn them about such scams. If they receive a suspicious e-mail claiming to come from the IRS, have them forward it to you or directly to the IRS at email@example.com. If they get a telephone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, they should report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) at 1-800-366-4484 or online, here.
- The IRS doesn't initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages, or social media channels to request personal or financial information.
- The IRS will never call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.
For more information on IRS phishing and phone scams, see this article on the IRS web site.
We recently learned of a phishing scam involving the Franchise Tax Board. A California taxpayer looking for her MyFTB account stumbled onto a counterfeit MyFTB web site, which installed malware on her computer. When she called the phone number on the site, the person on the phone tried to trick her into revealing her personal information.
Like the IRS, FTB will "never collect confidential taxpayer information through email or phone solicitation." Suspicious web sites, e-mails, or phone calls should be reported to the FTB at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Windows 10 Compatibility
We have just completed a thorough test of our programs with Windows 10, and we are happy to report that they are all compatible. Our programs are also compatible with Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2003.
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