Underscoring the need to be vigilant during tax season, the Internal Revenue Service’s Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) recently issued a warning about an e-mail “phishing” scam targeting taxpayers. The Taxpayer Advocate Services is the “voice of the taxpayer” at the IRS, helping to ensure taxpayers are treated fairly and understand their rights.
The e-mail sent by scammers looks as if it is an official document from the TAS, and even includes the TAS logo and a false case number. But it contains a link to a fraudulent website that asks for personal information. DO NOT click on the link or supply personal information if you receive the following e-mail message:
“Your reported 2013 income is flagged for review due to a document processing error. Your case has been forwarded to the Taxpayer Advocate Service for resolution assistance. To avoid delays processing your 2013 filing contact the Taxpayer Advocate Service for resolution assistance.”
Report this “phishing” e-mail immediately to the IRS by forwarding it to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional information about this scam and other potentially dangerous tax season scams, please contact Gray, Gray & Gray’s Tax Department at 781.407.0300.