Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Lake County Indiana Income Tax

Lake County Indiana Local Option Income Tax
(County Tax)
Effective October 1, 2013 

Lake County, Indiana, has adopted a county income tax.  The tax will go into effect October 1, 2013 at a resident rate of 1.5% and a nonresident rate of .25%.  

For additional information, the Indiana Department of Revenue has provided frequently asked questions and the corresponding answers on their website. The frequently asked questions and answers can be found at

Please make sure you update your payroll software or contact your payroll processing company to make sure any changes that need to be done are timely completed. 

Call us at (219) 769-3616 with your questions, or email them to

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Bogus IRS Emails

Bogus IRS Emails

The IRS reports that fraudulent e-mails purporting to be from the IRS are still running rampant. Here is what you need to know to protect yourself.

The typical scam starts with an e-mail message, complete with IRS logo and official-looking format, asking for information to fix a problem with your tax return. Scam artists, who are no dummies when it comes to IRS rules and lingo, will try to obtain your social security number, bank log-in information, or other personal data. With these items, they might re-direct your refund to themselves, access your bank account, or file a bogus tax return in your name and fraudulently claim a refund. And spotting a fake IRS notice is not as easy as it sounds. Scams such as these utilize sophisticated techniques and seemingly authentic tax forms to steal from people of all levels of financial sophistication.

But for all this trickery, protecting yourself is fairly simple. Don’t respond to any unexpected IRS e-mail. Ever. IRS agents will never initiate taxpayer contact by e-mail, and neither will they ask for your bank account password or ID number. Also, never click on any link or attachment until you know for a fact that it is from the IRS. If in doubt, you can call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 or forward the e-mail to

You should also be on your guard against fake phone calls from the IRS. Don’t immediately accept that the caller is legitimate, and certainly don’t divulge personal information to the caller. Our best advice for any IRS-initiated contact is to call our office before you do anything. We can quickly determine if the problem is for real, and if it is, help you respond appropriately.

Call us at (219) 769-3616 with your questions, or email them to