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Minimum Wage

The Minimum Wage increases in many states for 2015. Click on State Minimum Wage Laws  for a clickable map that tells you what the minimum wage laws are in your state.

IRS Daily Tax Tips

The Internal Revenue Service offers a daily series of Tax Tips. IRS Tax Tips offers concise, useful information on topics affecting millions of taxpayers. These easy-to-read tips cover a wide range of topics, from child credits and higher education benefits to Individual Retirement Accounts and Social Security issues. Sample topics include:

  • Common errors to avoid when preparing your taxes.
  • Free tax help from the IRS.
  • When are Social Security benefits taxable?
  • What to do if you can’t pay your tax.

These Tax Tips, as well as other IRS News Releases and Fact Sheets can be accessed directly from the IRS Website at  

IRS Warns of Tax Scams

Five Easy Ways to Spot a Scam Phone Call

The IRS continues to warn the public to be alert for telephone scams and offers five tell-tale warning signs to tip you off if you get such a call. These callers claim to be with the IRS. The scammers often demand money to pay taxes. Some may try to con you by saying that you’re due a refund. The refund is a fake lure so you’ll give them your banking or other private financial information.

These con artists can sound convincing when they call. They may even know a lot about you. They may alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling. They use fake names and bogus IRS badge numbers. If you don’t answer, they often leave an “urgent” callback request.

The IRS respects taxpayer rights when working out payment of your taxes. So, it’s pretty easy to tell when a supposed IRS caller is a fake. Here are five things the scammers often do but the IRS will not do. Any one of these five things is a sign of a scam. The IRS will never:

1. Call you about taxes you owe without first mailing you an official notice.
2. Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the chance to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
3. Require you to use a certain payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
4. Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
5. Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement to have you arrested for not paying.

If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking for money, here’s what to do:

  • If you know you owe taxes or think you might owe, call the IRS at 800-829-1040 to talk about payment options. You also may be able to set up a payment plan online at
  • If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to believe that you do, report the incident to TIGTA at 1.800.366.4484 or at
  • If phone scammers target you, also contact the Federal Trade Commission at Use their “FTC Complaint Assistant” to report the scam. Please add “IRS Telephone Scam” to the comments of your complaint.

Remember, the IRS currently does not use unsolicited email, text messages or any social media to discuss your personal tax issues. For more information on reporting tax scams, go to and type “scam” in the search box.

For more on this topic, see the special identity theft section on Also check out IRS Fact Sheet 2014-1, IRS Combats Identity Theft and Refund Fraud on Many Fronts.

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Recent HR/Benefits Legislation

In the past few years, there have been several laws passed that have tax implications. For more information, visit our pages on:

Same-Sex Couples and Domestic Partners

The following questions and answers (FAQs) provide information to individuals of the same sex who are lawfully married (same-sex spouses).

The following questions and answers provide information to individuals of the same sex and opposite sex who are in registered domestic partnerships, civil unions, or other similar formal relationships that are not marriages under state law.

Additional information on these issues may be found in Notice 2013-61, Revenue Ruling 2013-17 and news release IR-2013-72, Treasury and IRS Announce That All Legal Same-Sex Marriages Will Be Recognized For Federal Tax Purposes; Ruling Provides Certainty, Benefits and Protections Under Federal Tax Law for Same-Sex Married Couples.

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To reach an office in your area see local IRS contact information.

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