How to Prepare for Hurricanes
Hurricane Matthew Unified Response Efforts Underway
Beware of Fake IRS Tax Bill Notices
IRS on How to
Prepare for Hurricanes, Floods and Other Natural Disasters
Internal Revenue Service today offered advice to taxpayers who
may be affected by storms or other natural disasters.
The IRS also reminded taxpayers that the agency is here to
help including offering a special toll-free number to
taxpayers in federally-declared disaster areas, staffed with
IRS specialists trained to handle disaster-related issues.
Forget to Update Emergency Plans
Because a disaster can strike any time, be sure to review
emergency plans annually. Personal and business situations
change over time as do preparedness needs. When employers hire
new employees or when a company or organization changes
functions, plans should be updated accordingly and employees
should be informed of the changes. Make plans ahead of time
and be sure to practice them.
Electronic Copies of Key Documents
Taxpayers can help themselves by keeping a duplicate set of
key documents including bank statements, tax returns,
identifications and insurance policies in a safe place such as
a waterproof container and away from the original set.
Doing so is easier now that many financial institutions
provide statements and documents electronically, and much
financial information is available on the Internet. Even if
the original documents are only provided on paper, these can
be scanned into an electronic format. This way, taxpayers can
download them to a storage device such as an external hard
drive or USB flash drive, or burn them to a CD or DVD.
It's a good idea to photograph or videotape the contents of
any home, especially items of higher value. Documenting these
items ahead of time will make it easier to quickly claim any
available insurance and tax benefits after the disaster
strikes. The IRS has a disaster loss workbook, Publication
584, which can help taxpayers compile a room-by-room list of
Photographs can help an individual prove the fair market value
of items for insurance and casualty loss claims. Ideally,
photos should be stored with a friend or family member who
lives outside the area.
on Fiduciary Bonds
Employers who use payroll service providers should ask the
provider if it has a fiduciary bond in place. The bond could
protect the employer in the event of default by the payroll
Ready to Help
In the case of a federally declared disaster, an affected
taxpayer can call 1-866-562-5227 to speak with an IRS
specialist trained to handle disaster-related issues.
Matthew Unified Response Efforts Underway
U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency
Management Agency (FEMA) and its federal partners continue to
mobilize resources and personnel to support state, local and
tribal efforts in the southeast U.S. as the possibility of
dangerous conditions and flooding continues in some areas.
At the direction of President Obama, FEMA is leading the
federal government's effort to provide assistance and support
in preparation and response to Hurricane Matthew. The
President declared emergencies in Florida, Georgia, North
Carolina, and South Carolina, making federal assistance
available to mobilize equipment and resources necessary to
prepare for and respond to Hurricane Matthew in the
anticipated impacted areas. These pre-disaster emergency
declarations make available direct federal assistance to save
lives and protect property.
More than 680 FEMA staff are deployed to impacted states in
support of response and recovery efforts for Hurricane Matthew
and thousands more remain on alert to support recovery
efforts, as needed. This includes six Disaster Survivor
Assistance Teams (DSAT) deployed to help federal, state, local
and tribal partners gather detailed information on the
affected communities during the critical days and weeks
following this storm. DSAT teams address immediate and
emerging needs of disaster survivors including: on-the-spot
needs assessments, requests for disability related
accommodations and access to partners offering survivor
Incident Management Assistance Teams (IMAT) are positioned in
Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. IMAT
teams support preparation and anticipated response activities,
and ensure that there are no unmet needs. Additionally, FEMA
has ten Urban Search & Rescue teams on the ground to support
any search and rescue efforts. Two teams are in Florida, four
teams are in South Carolina, three teams are in Georgia, and
one team is in North Carolina.
FEMA has made available more than 1,427,000 meals, more than
958,000 liters of water, and more than 48,000 blankets for
state, tribal, and local officials to distribute to
individuals. These points of distribution are centralized
locations established by state or local officials where
supplies are delivered.
A breakdown by state:
Carolina: More than 570,000 meals; 26,000 blankets;
Carolina: More than 250,000 meals; 4,500 blankets.
More than 535,000 meals, 617,000 liters of water; 17,000
More than 71,000 meals; 341,000 liters of water;
The National Business Emergency Operations Center is activated
in the NRCC and is coordinating with potentially affected
states to work with private sector companies, preparing for
landfall and coordinating on evacuation orders, potential
transportation impacts, and access/re-entry permits ahead of
Beware of Fake IRS Tax Bill Notices
Internal Revenue Service and its Security Summit partners are
warning taxpayers and tax professionals of fake IRS tax bills
related to the Affordable Care Act.
The IRS has received numerous reports of scammers sending a
fraudulent version of a notice- labeled CP2000 - for tax year
2015. The issue has been reported to the Treasury Inspector
General for Tax Administration for investigation.
This scam may arrive by email, as an attachment, or by
mail. It has many signs of being a fake:
The CP2000 notices appear to be issued from an Austin, Texas,
The letter says the issue is related to the Affordable Care
Act and requests information regarding 2014 coverage;
The payment voucher lists the letter number as 105C;
Requests checks made out to I.R.S. and sent to the “Austin
Processing Center” at a post office box.
IRS impersonation scams take
many forms: threatening phone calls, phishing emails and
demanding letters. The IRS does not initiate unsolicited email
contact or contact by social media.
An authentic CP2000 notice is used when income reported from
third-party sources such as an employer does not match the
income reported on the tax return. Unlike the fake, it
provides extensive instructions to taxpayers about what to do
if they agree or disagree that additional tax is owed. A real
notice requests that checks be made out to “United States
The IRS and its Security Summit partners -- the state tax
agencies and the private-sector tax industry -- are conducting
a campaign to raise awareness among taxpayer and tax
professionals about increasing their security and becoming
familiar with various tax-related scams.
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