Employers Asked to be Alert for Old W-2 Phishing Scam

February 2, 2017

Lansing, MIFebruary 2, 2017 – The Michigan Department of Treasury, Internal Revenue Service and the tax industry today issued an alert to all employers that an old Form W-2 email phishing scam has evolved beyond the corporate world and is spreading to school districts, restaurants, hospitals, tribal organizations, nonprofits and others.

In a related development, the W-2 scammers are coupling their efforts to steal employee W-2 information with an older scheme on wire transfers that is victimizing some organizations twice.

Here’s how the scam works: Cybercriminals use various spoofing techniques to disguise an email to make it appear as if it is from an organization executive. The email is sent to an employee in the payroll or human resources departments, requesting a list of all employees and their W-2 forms.

Unfortunately, the individual receiving the email unknowingly provides the requested information to the cybercriminal.… Read the rest

Calendar – Benefits/Fundraisers – 4th Annual “Reverse Draw Raffle” Party for Beacon House – Feb. 5

February 2, 2017

Marquette – The 4th Annual “Reverse Draw Raffle” party for Beacon house, with a “Super Bowl” theme, will be held on Sunday, February 5 beginning with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at 4 p.m. in the Harbor Room of the Landmark Inn of Marquette.

Dinner will be served, there will be lots of entertainment and the game on several big screens. It’s called the Reverse Draw Raffle because the first ticket drawn is the biggest loser. The draw then goes on for another 249 tickets. Ticket holders do not need to be present to win.

The ticket price of $100 per person includes an NFL Buffet, entertainment and music by Double Trouble DJs,
games, and prizes. Games include “Super Bowl Squares”, an NFL themed photo booth, and more. Reverse Draw ticket holders are welcome to bring a guest, for an additional $50.… Read the rest

Calendar – Benefits/Fundraisers – Rotary Club of Marquette Annual Pancake Breakfast – Feb. 5

February 2, 2017

Marquette – The Rotary Club of Marquette will offer the annual Super Bowl Sunday Pancake Breakfast on February 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Masonic Building on W. Washington Street in Marquette.

Breakfast includes all the pancakes and sausage you can eat plus a beverage. Tickets are $7 each and can be purchased at the door or through Rotary club members. All proceeds will go to support youth and community projects through the Rotary Club’s grant program. … Read the rest

Eugene Arduin and Bob Whitens to Present at 12th Annual Young Trappers Workshop – 2/4/17

February 2, 2017

Hermansville, MichiganFebruary 2, 2017 – Youngsters and beginning trappers will have an opportunity to learn from expert trappers at the twelfth annual Young Trappers Workshop — sponsored by district 3 of the U.P. Trappers Association. Legendary local trapping experts Eugene Arduin and Bob Whitens will be teaching kids how to trap weasels, mink, muskrats and raccoons. Both of these gentlemen have been trapping for many years, so not only the kids – but the adults in the crowd – will learn valuable “tricks” they can use on their own trap lines. Other trapping experts including Bob Steinmetz, Roy Dahlgren, John Gunville and others will be on hand and eager to answer questions about trapping other furbearers like beaver, fox, and coyotes. Just ask at the information desk and you will be introduced to someone who has been very successful trapping the animal you are interested in pursuing!… Read the rest

Home Heating Credits Now Being Processed

February 2, 2017

Lansing, MIFebruary 2, 2017 – The Michigan Agency for Energy (MAE) today noted that the Michigan Department of Treasury is now processing Michigan Home Heating Credits (HHC) for the 2016 tax year. The credit assists low-income customers with winter energy bills.

The average credit in 2016 was $132.

Instruction booklets and forms have been mailed out by the Department of Treasury. More than 82 percent of the HHCs were e-filed in 2016. For those people who file a tax return, the Michigan Department of Treasury encourages them to e-file their returns because it speeds processing and reduces errors for the HHC. To find an authorized e-file provider and information on free e-file services, visit Treasury’s website: MIFastFile.org.

Individuals may apply for the HHC even if they do not file a tax return.

Forms and instructional materials area available on the Internet at michigan.gov/incometax or by calling 517-636-4486.… Read the rest