Protecting Sensitive Business and Customer Data: Practical Identity Safety Practices for Your Business
A free webinar for small businesses
Presented by the Federal Trade Commission & Internal Revenue Services
Thursday, February 1, 2018 -- 1 hour
1:00 pm Eastern | 12:00 pm Central | 11:00 am Mountain | 10:00 am Pacific | 9:00 am Alaska | 8:00 am Hawaii
Identity thieves target small businesses to steal passwords, bank account information, Social Security numbers and more.Join us for a free webinar to learn about:
- Protecting your customers, employees and business against ID theft
- Imposter scams targeting businesses
- Business cybersecurity practices
- Responding to a data breach
To register, click here: https://www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/1148/23939
(offered with closed captioning*)
Problems registering? Contact us at SBSE.SL.Web.Conference.Team@irs.gov
*Closed captioning displays the words that describe the audio portion of the program for viewers who are deaf or hard of hearing. Captions are available in English only.
Tax Professionals: No CE credit is being offered for attending this webinar.
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport North Satellite Renovation and Expansion Project
Pursuant to RCW 39.10.380, Hensel Phelps Construction Co. (Hensel Phelps) is requesting bids in response to the Base Building Bid Package from prospective Subcontractors on scopes of work on the North Satellite Modernization project which may include: Removal of Existing Passenger Loading and Fixed Bridges - Phase 2 and Installation of New Passenger Loading and Fixed Bridges – Phase 1 and 2.
A Bid Package for the subject procurement will be released on January 30, 2018. Interested parties can obtain an electronic copy of the Bid Package documents by contacting Dale Weislak at Hensel Phelps via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at 408-219-1406.
Bids will be due by no later than 2:00 PM PT on February 27, 2018.
Bids must be hand-delivered or mailed to:
15375 SE 30th Place, Suite 110
Bellevue, WA 98007
No faxed or emailed bids will be accepted. If bids are submitted via mail or courier service, they should be received by Hensel Phelps by no later than the bid due date noted above.
Successful Bidder will be required to furnish 100% Payment and Performance Bonds for all subcontracts exceeding $50,000. Subcontracts shall be executed on Hensel Phelps Construction Co. standard subcontract forms, copies of which will be included with the bid documents. Dept. of L&I, current Certificate of Workers Compensation and WA State Stop Gap employers’ liability Insurance will be required of all Subcontractors.
IRS Announcement & Upcoming Events
Small Business Administration Workshopshttps://www.sba.gov/offices/district/wa/seattle
SBA offers a variety of workshops, some online and others in person. Check the Events Calendar for a complete list.
Did you know the SBA Seattle District Office streams live webinars every second Thursday? Get your questions answered by business savvy experts from the comfort of your home or home office.
Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/o/sba-seattle-district-office-7828614365 to see the full lineup of Free Thursday Workshops.
Also check out the SBA Learning Center for a variety of free online courses, available anytime!
SCORE offers workshops designed to give you the skills necessary to start your own successful business.
Feb 7, Mar 7, Apr 4 -- Starting a New Business
Jan 18, Feb 9 – Saving Taxes for Small Businesses
Feb 7 -- How to Start a New Business
Jan 31 – Cybersecurity for Small Business
There are also a number of online workshops available: https://seattle.score.org/onlineworkshops/tab-a
IRS Updates & News Releases:
Did you know? One of the best ways to get information is by visiting the IRS Small Business Tax Center where you can learn everything from how to get an Employer Identification Number (EIN) online to how to best navigate an audit.
IRS Statement – Withholding for 2018
The IRS is continuing to closely monitor the pending legislation in Congress, and we are taking the initial steps to prepare guidance on withholding for 2018. We anticipate issuing the initial withholding guidance (Notice 1036) in January reflecting the new legislation, which would allow taxpayers to begin seeing the benefits of the change as early as February. The IRS will be working closely with the nation's payroll and tax professional community during this process.
Consumer Alert: IRS Warns Taxpayers, Tax Pros of New Email Scam Targeting Hotmail Users
The Internal Revenue Service warned taxpayers and tax professionals of a new email scam targeting Hotmail users that is being used to steal personal and financial information. The phishing email subject line reads: “Internal Revenue Service Email No. XXXX | We’re processing your request soon | TXXXXXX-XXXXXXXX”. The email leads taxpayers to sign in to a fake Microsoft page and then asks for personal and financial information.
Note that the IRS will never:
- Call to demand immediate payment using a specific payment method such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer. Generally, the IRS will first mail you a bill if you owe any taxes.
- Threaten to immediately bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
- Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
- Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
Take Steps Now for Tax Filing Season
Get ready today to file your 2017 federal income tax return. Changes for the tax filing season include ITINs, delays in refunds and validating your electronically filed return. As tax filing season approaches, the Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers there are things they should do now to get ready for filing season.
Standard Mileage Rates for 2018 Up from Rates for 2017
The Internal Revenue Service today issued the 2018 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. Beginning on Jan. 1, 2018, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be:
- 54.5 cents for every mile of business travel driven, up 1 cent from the rate for 2017.
- 18 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes, up 1 cent from the rate for 2017.
- 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations.
IRS Provides Safe Harbors to Help Taxpayers Suffering Property Losses, Including Losses from Hurricanes
As part of a wider effort to help victims of natural disasters, the Internal Revenue Service issued guidance providing safe harbor methods that individuals may use in determining the amount of their casualty and theft losses for their homes and personal belongings, including losses from recent hurricanes. Revenue Procedure 2018-08 provides safe harbor methods that individual taxpayers may use in determining the amount of their casualty and theft losses for their homes and personal belongings. Four of the safe harbor methods may be used for any qualifying casualty or theft loss, and three are specifically applicable only to losses occurring as a result of a Federally declared disaster.
Revenue Procedure 2018-09 provides a safe harbor method under which individuals may use one or more cost indexes to determine the amount of loss to their homes as a result of Hurricane and Tropical Storm Harvey, Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria (2017 Hurricanes). To help taxpayers navigate casualty loss issues, the IRS has created a special web page: Tax Law Provisions for Disaster Areas, with additional information for disaster victims.
IRS Statement - Secure Access
The Internal Revenue Service announced that taxpayers may resume creating new accounts for Get Transcript Online and certain other online tools that are protected by Secure Access authentication. Taxpayers also may use their IRS2Go app to access their accounts by using a new “Security” feature. This “Security” feature will allow the app to generate a unique security code without being connected to the internet. Taxpayers must perform a one-time registration process for the app while connected to the Web. Use of Secure Access to create new accounts was suspended recently as the IRS transitioned to a new identity-proofing vendor, Experian. Existing users were not affected. The transition has been completed and all Secure Access protected tools will be available to new users starting Dec. 10.
IRS Provides Additional Relief for Partnerships and Certain Other Entities
The Internal Revenue Service has issued revised guidance extending relief for certain partnerships, real estate mortgage investment conduits (REMICs), and other entities that did not file the required returns by the new due date for tax years beginning in 2016.
Interest Rates Remain the Same for the First Quarter of 2018
The IRS announced that interest rates will remain the same for the calendar quarter beginning Jan. 1, 2018.
Resources on IRS.gov Help Taxpayers Get Ready to File Taxes
Strong Passwords Help Keep Tax Data Safe
Taxpayers Should Protect Data All Year Round
Get to Know the Taxpayer Bill of Rights – Part 1
Five Signs of Small Business Identity Theft, New Protection Methods
National Tax Security Awareness Week: Thieves Use W-2 Scam to get Employee Data
National Tax Security Awareness Week: Five Steps Data Breach Victims Can Take