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Don’t Be Scammed by Fake Charities

Each year at this time, the IRS publishes its list of the “dirty dozen” tax scams. Among the dirty dozen are groups that masquerade as charitable organizations to attract donations from unsuspecting contributors. Before you write a check, be aware that fraudsters are out there soliciting on behalf of fake charities and that some so-called charities aren’t entirely honest about how they use contributions.

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Tax Filing Deadline is Around the Corner

Just a reminder to those who have not yet filed their 2016 tax return that April 18, 2017 is the tax filing deadline. So, you either need to file your return and pay any taxes owed, or file for the automatic six-month extension and pay the tax you estimate to be due. The due date is normally April 15, but the 15th falls on a weekend and the next business day, April 17, is Emancipation Day, a legal holiday in Washington D.C., so the due date in 2017 is April 18.

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