Stop tax identity theft

Don’t be a victim of tax identity theft: File your 2017 return early


The IRS has just announced that it will begin accepting 2017 income tax returns on January 29. You may be more concerned about the April 17 filing deadline, or even the extended deadline of October 15 (if you file for an extension by April 17). After all, why go through the hassle of filing your return earlier than you have to?

But it can be a good idea to file as close to January 29 as possible: Doing so helps protect you from tax identity theft. Read More >

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Chortek Among Leaders of the IT Profession


Chortek was among leaders of the IT profession throughout the US and Canada at the ITA (Information Technology Alliance) Fall Collaborative. Mike Senkbeil, Partner and leader of Chortek’s IT Team, and Steve Krueger, Principal and head of Chortek’s Business Technology Consulting Team,  attended the ITA Collaborative. Most noteworthy, the ITA event, held at the M Resort in Las Vegas in early December, was also co-located with the Digital CPA Conference.


Chortek has been ITA members for six years.  Chortek’s membership with the ITA allows for the opportunity to network with our peers from other CPA firms and leaders of the IT profession, other software reselling practices, and focus on best practices. Furthermore, added networking with leading providers of products and services trending in the industry,  improve our ability to serve our clients.

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Cybersecurity Preparedness Report

Chortek recommends that every business establish a cybersecurity program which annually reviews cybersecurity preparedness on an organization-wide level. Sonicwall released their annual cybersecurity threat report. It highlights the continued escalation of threats to privacy and security of information.

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IRS Corrects Year Listed in Identity Protection PIN Letters

IRS Corrects Year Listed in Identity Protection PIN Letters

The Internal Revenue Service said Tuesday that taxpayers are receiving letters with the wrong date listed for their Identity Protection Personal Identification Numbers, which are generally issued to victims of tax-related identity theft. Read More >


Tax Return Due Date Changes

As of July 31, 2015, based upon the signing of a new tax law, due dates and extended due dates of certain tax returns will be changing. Only Form 1120S and Form 1040 due dates will remain the same as in the past. Generally, returns with a year end after December 31, 2015 (2016 returns) will be affected. The table below summarizes the changes: Read More >

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Spear Phishing Email Scam Alert

If you have ‘wire transfer’ authority, this alert is for you.

We have seen a significant increase in spoofed emails (emails with forged “from:” addresses) asking employees in position of fiscal responsibility to do wire transfers to fraudsters. These attacks are not a typical bulk email attack or even a common phishing attack, where a user is enticed to disclose sensitive information by clicking on a web link. Rather, these are networks of fraudsters writing customized emails – even including email signatures — which appear to come from an executive in upper management and are targeted to specific individuals who have access to bank accounts. The emails assertively ask the recipient to transfer money, or relay instructions on how to do so, often via wire transfer.

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Future 50

Chortek is Proud to be a Sponsor of Future 50

The MMAC/COSBE Future 50 Program, established in 1980, recognizes privately-owned companies in the seven county region that have been in business for at least three years and have shown significant revenue and employment growth. The companies are honored at two well-attended events: a Future 50 awards cocktail reception on Tuesday, September 9th and Future 50 awards luncheon on Thursday September 11th.

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BizTimes Milwaukee

BizTimes Highlights Chortek’s Food and Beverage Niche Practice

milwaukee biztimes coverThe May 26th issue of BizTimes Milwaukee Magazine highlights Chortek’s concentrated focus upon the Food & Beverage Industry.

Business is good for craft beer brewers, bread makers and cheese meisters in Wisconsin and beyond… Chortek is serving up accounting and tax strategies to maximize their profits and ensure future growth.

Partner Mark Albrecht and Tom McRae, Director of Business Development discuss Chortek’s commitment to serving the specialized financial needs of this industry.

Read the complete BizTimes Milwaukee story here.