Tax Identity Theft Fact Sheet     

Tax identity theft occurs when someone else uses your Social Security number to file a fraudulent return to get a tax refund. It can also happen when someone else uses your personal information to secure employment, which can make it appear you earned more income than you actually did. While additional safeguards in the tax industry have led to a decline in tax identity theft incidents in the last year, those who are victims could face a complex resolution process and/or delayed tax refunds.

Tips to reduce chances of tax identity theft:

  • File early to get your refund before identity thieves have the opportunity.
  • When you do file, use a secure internet connection if filing electronically. If mailing your return, take it to the post office to prevent your return – and your personal information – from being stolen from your mailbox.
  • Know that the IRS won’t ask you to pay your taxes with a prepaid debit card or wire transfer, nor will they ask for a credit card number over the phone. In fact, if the IRS needs to contact you, they will do so by mail.
  • If you aren’t preparing your return yourself, ask for recommendations and research tax preparers before you turn your personal information over to them.
  • Shred old taxes returns you’re no longer required to keep, as well as draft returns, extra copies and calculation sheets.
  • Always protect your Social Security number or Medicare card number; don’t give it out unless you must. Always ask why it’s needed, how it’s going to be used and how it will be stored.

If you suspect you are a victim of tax identity theft, call IDShield. They will help you in multiple ways:

• Complete the IRS Identity Theft Affidavit
• Place a 90-day fraud alert with the Credit Bureaus
• Place a 90-day identity theft security alert with ChexSystems Inc.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT :
Ann M. Palmer
palmer.ppl@gmail.com
704-904-1774
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Neither LegalShield nor its officers, employees or sales associates directly or indirectly provide legal services, representation, legal advice, identity theft protection, restoration services or identity theft advice. For any legal questions, please contact your Provider Law Firm. For any questions or issues related to identity theft, please contact IDShield.

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February 15, 2018 at 5:21 pm Leave a comment

About two miles south of Main Street in North Myrtle Beach and a block north of Molly Darcy’s Irish Pub sits the Best Western Ocean Sands Beach Resort, 2017’s last Leading Business of the Month sponsored by South State Bank.

Unassuming from the street, the hotel has nearly 100 oceanfront rooms with two beachfront pools, a lazy river, kiddie pool, beachfront tiki bar and a seasonally heated indoor pool. The staff serves a continental breakfast free to resort guests daily. They also have an annex with another 21 rooms that have a side view of the ocean.

In the summer, those pools are a great place for the family with “Dive-In” movies three nights a week.

Though affiliated with the national chain Best Western, the hotel has been owned and operated by the McGonigal family since 1989. Linda Lohmann Fries told us on Facebook the resort was a surprise for her family, calling it family-friendly and affordable.

The resort and location is not only great for families, but also for golfers through customized golf package offerings at more than 100 championship courses along the Grand Strand.

The Best Western Ocean Sands Beach Resort has been a member of Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce since 1975.Leading Business of the Month

Best Western Ocean Sands Beach Resort
1525 S. Ocean Blvd.
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
843-272-6101
800-588-35700

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About Leading Business of the Month
The first Wednesday of every month, Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce announces a Leading Business of the Month. This special promotion, sponsored by South State Bank, recognizes a company that has been a member of Myrtle Beach Area Chamber for a minimum of five years. The business is randomly selected. The company displays a banner at their place of business for one month recognizing them as the Leading Business of the Month.

December 15, 2017 at 7:13 pm Leave a comment

Leading Business of the Month – Gay Dolphin

A Myrtle Beach landmark was named the November Leading Business of the Month sponsored by South State Bank.

Family-owned and operated since 1946, the Gay Dolphin Gift Cove is a multilevel gift shop in the heart of downtown Myrtle Beach. Gift shop doesn’t fully cover the size and scope of the Gay Dolphin. Treasures of all kinds fill the massive building, and despite being well organized into “coves,” you can call yourself lucky if you don’t get lost in the maze.

Located on the 900 block of North Ocean Boulevard in downtown Myrtle Beach, shoppers can enter the Gay Dolphin from the street or the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk.

The Gay Dolphin was opened by Justin W. and Eloise Plyler, who, over the years, had several other business ventures in Myrtle Beach. Three years after opening the store, Justin “Buz” Plyler was born. He started working for his parents at 8 and eventually took over the business. In his late 60s, Buz Plyler still owns and operates the store he grew up in.

The Gay Dolphin is as iconic to Myrtle Beach as is the family behind it. A few blocks away from the store is Plyler Park, named in honor of the family. Plyer Park sits at the end of Mr. Joe White Avenue and is home to the Hot Summer Nights concert series.Leading Business of the Month

Gay Dolphin
916 N. Ocean Blvd.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
843-448-6550
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About Leading Business of the Month
The first Wednesday of every month, Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce announces a Leading Business of the Month. This special promotion, sponsored by South State Bank, recognizes a company that has been a member of Myrtle Beach Area Chamber for a minimum of five years. The business is randomly selected. The company displays a banner at their place of business for one month recognizing them as the Leading Business of the Month.

November 20, 2017 at 4:14 pm Leave a comment

Leading Business of the Month – Carolina Cool

We guessed the winner of our October Leading Business of the Month sponsored by South State Bank said, “That’s cool,” in response to news of the award.

We were close. In fact, Carolina Cool owner Verlon Wulf said, “How about that? That’s pretty cool.”

It’s a good guess, after all. “That’s cool” is a company slogan and is even part of the logo.

Chamber members since 1999, Carolina Cool is an all-inclusive mechanical service provider for commercial and residential properties most known for their heating and air services. Their experienced technicians also handle plumbing, electrical, solar power, refrigeration and indoor air quality. Those technicians also are certified, bonded and insured.

The company formed in 1985 as Carolina Cooling & Plumbing Inc. but changed its name to Carolina Cool in 2006.

Carolina Cool is proud to have been named a winner or finalist of The Sun News’ “Best of the Beach” and the Myrtle Beach Herald’s “Reader’s Choice” in multiple, successive years. Both awards are chosen through community votes.Leading Business of the Month

Carolina Cool Inc.
1294 Surfside Industrial Park
Surfside Beach, SC 29575
843-238-5805

About Leading Business of the Month
The first Wednesday of every month, Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce announces a Leading Business of the Month. This special promotion, sponsored by South State Bank, recognizes a company that has been a member of Myrtle Beach Area Chamber for a minimum of five years. The business is randomly selected. The company displays a banner at their place of business for one month recognizing them as the Leading Business of the Month.

October 18, 2017 at 4:55 pm Leave a comment

Leading Business of the Month – H.B. Springs Co. & KOA

For the first time since starting the award, two long-time members shared the honors of Leading Business of the Month.

H.B. Springs Company was first recognized at September’s Leading Business of the Month sponsored by South State Bank. H.B. Springs has provided insurance to families and businesses in Horry and Georgetown counties since 1928.

It is among the largest insurance agencies in Myrtle Beach today promising local, reliable and affordable coverage. Services offered include auto and home insurance, life, health and disability coverage, personal lines, business lines, annuities, employee benefits and storm preparation.

A storm is what brought about our second honoree.

For days, the Myrtle Beach area watched the track of Hurricane Irma with nervous anticipation. As the major hurricane shifted west and the Grand Strand breathed a sigh of relief the Myrtle Beach KOA Kampground offered refuge to evacuees.

The campsites at the KOA on Fifth Avenue South in Myrtle Beach, which include full hookups with water and sewer, were made available at no cost for two days to those temporarily displaced by Hurricane Irma.

For their generosity, which showcases the Southern hospitality lauded along the Grand Strand, Myrtle Beach KOA Kampground also is September’s Leading Business of the Month sponsored by Leading Business of the MonthSouth State Bank.

H.B. Springs Company Inc. – Insurance
2511 N. Oak St.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
843-626-8798

Myrtle Beach KOA Kampground
613 5th Ave. S.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
843-448-3421 | 800-562-7790

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About Leading Business of the Month
The first Wednesday of every month, Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce announces a Leading Business of the Month. This special promotion, sponsored by South State Bank, recognizes a company that has been a member of Myrtle Beach Area Chamber for a minimum of five years. The business is randomly selected. The company displays a banner at their place of business for one month recognizing them as the Leading Business of the Month. 

 

September 13, 2017 at 7:32 pm Leave a comment

Leading Business of the Month – Serendipity Inn

On the northern end of Myrtle Beach, just two blocks from the ocean and its tall hotels, lies the Serendipity Inn.

Nestled among trees behind Flamingo Grill, this 15-room bed and breakfast opened in June 1998. Since its opening, the Serendipity Inn remains a family owned and operated B&B that serves a continental breakfast daily.

It’s described as quaint, romantic and charming.

Serendipity Inn can accommodate small weddings. The property also has a pool and hot tub and fire pit in an enclosed courtyard for guests to enjoy and the beach is a short walk down 71st Avenue North.

Each room is decorated differently to reflect different time periods in the Spanish Mission-style inn.Some rooms have kitchens, others are efficiencies. Some have four-poster beds while others have simpler headboards.Leading Business of the Month

Serendipity Inn
407 71st Ave. N.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
843-449-5268

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About Leading Business of the Month
The first Wednesday of every month, Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce announces a Leading Business of the Month. This special promotion, sponsored by South State Bank, recognizes a company that has been a member of Myrtle Beach Area Chamber for a minimum of five years. The business is randomly selected. The company displays a banner at their place of business for one month recognizing them as the Leading Business of the Month.

August 11, 2017 at 3:18 pm Leave a comment

Leading Business of the Month – Hussey Motors

Since 1950, Hussey Motors has served the Myrtle Beach community with auto repair, maintenance and wrecker services.

Hussey Motors is located at 702 Adler St. behind the company’s sister business Beach Bike & Auto at the corner of U.S. 501 and Broadway Street and was originally opened in 1950 by the late Richard Hussey Sr. His two sons, Michael and Rick Hussey, now share ownership of the business.

The auto shop is July’s Leading Business of the Month sponsored by South State Bank. Serving locals and tourists alike, Hussey Motors promises “fast, affordable services you can trust.”

There’s a full array of automotive services including general mechanical repairs, fuel injection and carburetion, starters, alternators, batteries, front end and four-wheel alignment, computer diagnostics, new or used tires, electrical services, mufflers, exhaust, air conditioning or heater repair, radiators, engines, oil filter and lube and tune-ups. Wrecker and towing services also are offered. For the towing, Hussey Motors is affiliated with South Carolina Highway Patrol, Horry County Police Department, Geico and Allstate.Leading Business of the Month

Hussey Motors
702 Alder St.
Myrtle Beach, SC 29578
843-448-5182

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About Leading Business of the Month
The first Wednesday of every month, Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce announces a Leading Business of the Month. This special promotion, sponsored by South State Bank, recognizes a company that has been a member of Myrtle Beach Area Chamber for a minimum of five years. The business is randomly selected. The company displays a banner at their place of business for one month recognizing them as the Leading Business of the Month.

July 20, 2017 at 2:20 pm Leave a comment

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