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Created on March 11, 2015
It’s tax season, which means it’s also time for tax scams, with numerous online scams that attempt to steal people’s tax refunds, bank accounts, or identities. Last year, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) estimates it paid $5.2 billion in fraudulent identity theft refunds in filing season 2013. Websense Security Labs reported in 2014 it saw approximately 100,000 IRS-related scams in circulation every two weeks.
This year, we need to be especially careful in light of the Anthem Breach, in which data from approximately 80 million customers was exposed, triggering new phishing attacks offering false claims of credit monitoring services.
Users who have already filed their taxes this season can still be vulnerable to tax-related scams. Many schemes take advantage of users by alleging to have information about the filer’s refund, or noting a problem with the return that was previously filed.
One scam that has already been impacting users this season involves phishing emails claiming to be from Intuit’s TurboTax. The emails prompt users to click on links to verify their identity or update their accounts in an attempt to download malware to the victim’s machine, or steal data such as Social Security numbers or financial information.
Created on March 9, 2015
The fair will prepare you for opportunities available on our Forecast of Contracting Opportunities and upcoming GSA opportunities posted on Federal Business Opportunities. This is your chance to meet with GSA staff to ask questions and gather information that will help position your company to better understand how to win business.
When: Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Where: GSA Conference Center, Room 1460, 1800 E Street NW, Washington, DC 20405
9:00 – 9:30 a.m.
Created on March 6, 2015
On March 11th 1:30 pm EST, take advantage of this FREE presentation to learn about our exciting International Trade Compliance Webinar Training Program.
The program is a webinar series which consists of thirteen one hour to 90 minute webinars starting in early April running through late May 2015. These training webinars will cover
Created on March 5, 2015
The U.S. Department of the Treasury created myRA (my Retirement Account), a new retirement account, to help people save for retirement. myRA is a simple, safe, and affordable way to take more control of your future. Here are the top questions employees have about myRA.
What is myRA?
myRA is a new type of Roth IRA* – a popular retirement savings tool – that has been specifically designed by the U.S. Treasury to address many of the most common barriers to saving, such as fees and minimum initial contributions. There is no cost to you to participate, and myRA carries no risk of losing money. The account stays with you when you change jobs, and if you have more than one job, you can contribute to it through multiple employers. myRA has no minimum contribution requirement, which means you can contribute the amount you choose.* And best of all, it’s easy to set up and manage.
Who can sign up for myRA?
myRA could be a good option if you don't have access to a retirement savings plan through your job. myRA follows Roth IRA rules so it is generally available to anyone who earns an annual income of less than $129,000 a year for individuals and $191,000 for married couples filing jointly.* You can set up direct deposit into your myRA through your employer.
Created on March 5, 2015
U.S. businesses are selling more goods and services abroad than ever before, reaching an all-time record of $2.3 trillion in 2013 – and 98 percent of American companies that export are small businesses.
Despite the statistics, many small businesses still face big challenges when it comes to financing and managing their export business. A recent trade seminar, hosted by the Department of Commerce and several other federal agencies, identified three commonly cited financial obstacles small businesses have to going global:
Don’t know how to obtain working capital and financing to support export transactions
Don’t know where to seek assistance for entering, growing and succeeding in global markets
Don’t know how to get paid by foreign buyers overseas