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Last week at my other tax blog: Massachusetts 2012 tax holiday;
EFTPS phishing tax scam reappears

Saving tax money and keeping your money out of identity thieves' hands were the hot topics covered in posts last week at my other tax blog.

Bankrate Taxes Blog icon Massachusetts shoppers had to wait yet again for their lawmakers to approve the Bay State's sales tax holiday, but finally it did happen. Saturday, Aug. 11, and Sunday, Aug. 12, were designated as tax-free days for most items priced at $2,500 or less.

Meanwhile, some folks have been getting an email alerting them that their Electronic Federal Tax Payment System, or EFTPS, transmission was rejected. The only problem that the EFTPS email is a scam. It first appeared in 2008 and again in 2010, and probably in-between, too.

If you get this or similar suspicious messages purporting to be from the Internal Revenue Service, forward them to the tax agency at phishing@irs.gov and then delete the criminal's attempt to steal your identity.

You can check out my posts over at Bankrate Taxes Blog each Tuesday and Thursday. If you happen to miss them on those days, look for a wrap-up here the following weekend.

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