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MB&F Employees Conduct an After-School Youth Soccer Clinic 2015


Mister, Burton & French, LLC, employees returned to Carroll Park in South Baltimore on Wednesday, September 23rd to conduct an after-school youth soccer clinic. The program is supported by a partnership between The Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks and the Lutherville Timonium Recreation Council Soccer Program (LTRC). All of the kids participating were fitted with cleats, uniforms, and a new soccer ball. More than 50 children attend the program on a weekly basis in the fall.  MB&F employees, standing from left are Greg French, Brittany Mangus, Bonnie Brown, Lauren Messina, Matt Cox, Kevin Pyzik, Frank Linkous, Shawn Zeigler, Steve Czapski, Brian Shepley, Tim Thackston, Alex Tsao, Steve Roenick and Valerie Strange.

Beware of Scam Artists

To all clients and business associates,

We have seen a recent flurry of activity related to scam artists who are impersonating IRS agents, both through telephone calls and emails.  The scams are sophisticated and convincing, and often turn threatening.  It is worth repeating that the IRS will NEVER call you about your taxes without first sending a written notice in the mail, and will NEVER send an email about a past due tax balance or a refund.  The following excerpt is from a recent article in the Journal of Accountancy:

  • According to the IRS, the most serious scams this year are phone scams, in which criminals call intended victims impersonating the IRS. Many times, the callers disguise the number they are calling to look like an IRS number and may threaten the target of the scam with arrest, deportation, or license revocation.
  • To protect themselves, taxpayers should be aware the IRS will never call to demand immediate payment; call about taxes owed without first mailing a bill; call to demand payment without the opportunity to question or appeal; require use of a specific payment method, such as a prepaid debit card; ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone; or threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to arrest someone for not paying (IR-2015-5)
  • Another scam that continues to appear high on the list is “phishing,” in which taxpayers get unsolicited emails trying to obtain financial or personal information. A taxpayer who receives a suspicious email should send it to phishing@irs.gov. “The IRS won’t send you an email about a bill or refund out of the blue,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen (IR-2015-6).

The IRS has described these two scams in detail on their website.  Links to the articles are below.   If you ever have any questions about the legitimacy of correspondence from the IRS, please do not hesitate to call us.  It is better to be safe than sorry. 

http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/Phone-Scams-Continue-to-be-Serious-Threat-and-Remain-on-IRS-Dirty-Dozen-List-of-Tax-Scams-for-the-2015-Filing-Season 

http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/Phishing-Remains-on-the-IRS-Dirty-Dozen-List-of-Tax-Scams-for-the-2015-Filing-Season

MB&F Employees Conduct an After-School Youth Soccer Clinic 2014

Mister, Burton & French, LLC, employees recently ventured to Carroll Park in South Baltimore to conduct an after-school youth soccer clinic.  The program is supported by a partnership between The Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks and the Lutherville Timonium Recreation Council Soccer Program (LTRC).  All of the kids participating were fitted with cleats, uniforms, and a new soccer ball.  More than 50 children attend the program on a weekly basis in the fall.  Standing from left are Kevin Pyzik, Jeff Jacobson, Greg French, Valerie Strange, Lisa Strong, Michele Armstrong, Steve Roenick,  Kristin Forcucci, Nick Grueninger, Steve Czapski , Brian Hellman, Frank Linkous, Jordan Miller, Shawn Zeigler, Lauren Messina and Tim Thackston.   


One of our Certified Public Accountants Receive CCIFP designation

MB&F is proud to announce that Michele Armstrong has received her designation as Certified Construction Industry Financial Professional (CCIFP). The CCIFP designation raises the standards for construction financial professionals by giving special recognition to those who demonstrate skill and proficiency in their field, verified through advanced education, professional experience, and rigorous examination. As part of an elite group of 850 professionals nationwide, Michele enjoys a new level of credibility, opportunities for industry involvement, industry-wide recognition and enhanced client service.