IRS IMPERSONATION TELEPHONE SCAMS

NSTPData Theft, Fraud, Identity Theft, Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Scams

IRS-IMPERSONATION TELEPHONE SCAMS

IRS IMPERSONATION TELEPHONE SCAMS A taxpayer went to the TIGTA website to report an IRS-Impersonation Telephone call, but the site required them to enter their SSN and date of birth. They did not fall for the scam; they just wanted to report information on the caller. The TIGTA IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting form now requires the victim’s SSN and date of birth. Alternatively, the information can be sent to  phishing@irs.gov without the SSN and date of birth.  Please use the ‘IRS Phone Scam’ in the subject line of the email. This information can be found at Report Phishing and Online Scams. If you do receive a phone call from someone representing themselves to be from the IRS ask for their name, badge number and callback number. The IRS has set up a phone number, 800-366-4484, that can be used to verify if the person is with the IRS. WHAT TO DO IF YOU RECEIVE A SUSPICIOUS IRS-RELATED COMMUNICATION IF THEN You receive an email claiming to be from the IRS that contains a request for personal information, taxes associated with a large investment, inheritance or lottery. Don’t reply. Don’t open any attachments. They can contain malicious code that may infect your computer … Read More

TAX PROFESSIONALS WARNED OF VARIOUS SCAMS; URGED TO BE WARY OF SCHEMES AS FILING SEASON DEADLINE APPROACHES

NSTPFraud, Fraudulent Tax Refunds, Hackers, Identity Theft, Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Online Scams, Phishing, Security

TAX PROFESSIONALS WARNED OF VARIOUS SCAMS; URGED TO BE WARY OF SCHEMES AS FILING SEASON DEADLINE APPROACHES In what is becoming a repetitive theme the Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the tax industry are again warning tax professionals to beware of phishing email scams claiming to be from IRS e-Services and of schemes in general as we approach the April 18 deadline. Do not become a victim of these scams that are inundating the tax professional community. If you receive an email and you are uncertain of the validity then do not respond! Open your browser and go directly to the website for your software vendor, or bank, or credit card company or the IRS to request clarification if necessary. Under the leadership of the Security Summit; the IRS, state tax agencies and the tax industry warned that this time of year is the high season for identity thieves scams to steal sensitive data from tax professionals. All tax preparers and their employees must be on guard against phishing activities. The IRS noted a particular surge in the past 24 hours related to a phishing email scam that seeks to steal practitioners’ usernames and passwords for IRS e-Services. … Read More

IRS and Security Summit Partners Warn of Fake Tax Bill Emails

NSTPFraud, Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Online Scams

The Internal Revenue Service and its Security Summit partners today issued an alert to taxpayers and tax professionals to be on guard against fake emails purporting to contain an IRS tax bill related to the Affordable Care Act.   The IRS has received numerous reports around the country of scammers sending a fraudulent version of CP2000 notices for tax year 2015. Generally, the scam involves an email that includes the fake CP2000 as an attachment. The issue has been reported to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration for investigation.   The CP2000 is a notice commonly mailed to taxpayers through the United States Postal Service. It is never sent as part of an email to taxpayers. The indicators are: These notices are being sent electronically, even though the IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email or through social media platforms; The CP 2000 notices appear to be issued from an Austin, Texas, address; The underreported issue is related to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requesting information regarding 2014 coverage; The payment voucher lists the letter number as 105C.   The fraudulent CP2000 notice included a payment request that taxpayers mail a check made out to “I.R.S.” to … Read More

Tax-Refund Delays Seen Hitting Low-Income Households

NSTPCongress, Earned Income Tax Credit, Fraud, Fraudulent Tax Refunds, Identity Theft, Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act (PATH Act), Tax Refund

Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015 includes a buried provision that will delay refunds for taxpayers filing EITC returns in 2017 with the filing of the 2016 returns.  The legislation updates §6402(m) and provides that effective for credits or refunds made after December 31, 2016 no credit or refund for an over-payment for a tax year will be made to a taxpayer before the 15th day of the second month following the close of the tax year (February 15) if the taxpayer claimed the EITC on the tax return. The following article appeared in today’s Wall Street Journal : Tax-Refund Delays Seen Hitting Low-Income Households The U.S. government’s attempts to prevent tax fraud will force millions of low-income households to wait weeks longer than usual next year to get tax refunds they depend on. A new law requires the Internal Revenue Service to wait until Feb. 15 to send refunds to households receiving the earned-income tax credit and child tax credit. By Feb. 12 this year, the IRS had already sent 29.2 million refunds totaling $94 billion. It isn’t yet clear how many refunds would be delayed. The provision—part of a bipartisan tax-cut deal struck in December … Read More

THE IRS TO STOP INITIATING AUDITS BY TELEPHONE

NSTPFraud, Fraudulent Tax Refunds, Identity Theft, Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

The Internal Revenue Service plans to stop notifying taxpayers by telephone when they are subject to an in-person field examination, in an effort to avoid confusion with phone scammers. Instead, all such notifications will come by mail. The policy shift follows reports in Tax Analysts’ Tax Notes Today that attendees of a public forum held last week by the Taxpayer Advocate Service complained that they had received phone calls from IRS employees trying to set up audits. The comments caught Nina Olson, National Taxpayer Advocate, by surprise and she responded that she was not aware of audits being initiated by phone. Later, she said that she was told that the Internal Revenue Manual did instruct revenue agents that the preferred method for initiating taxpayer contact for audit was by phone. Those claims contradict repeated pledges by IRS Commissioner John Koskinen’s to taxpayers that the IRS never calls first. The IRS added that the vast majority of its initial audit contacts are handled by sending a letter first, but in some of the in-person field audits, the IRS may contact the taxpayer or their representative by phone to schedule an appointment to begin the audit. “This phone contact is followed up … Read More

The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) urged taxpayers to remain on “High Alert”

NSTPFraud, Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA)

Expanded Outreach Effort Announced to Prevent More Losses to IRS Impersonators WASHINGTON — The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) urged taxpayers to remain on “High Alert” and announced additional outreach efforts to prevent them from falling victim to criminals who impersonate Internal Revenue Service and Treasury employees this filing season. “The phone fraud scam has become an epidemic, robbing taxpayers of millions of dollars of their money,” said J. Russell George, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. “We are making progress in our investigation of this scam, resulting in the successful prosecution of some individuals associated with it over the past year,” he said, adding that over the summer, a ringleader was sentenced to more than 14 years in federal prison. “However, this is still a matter of high investigative priority.” TIGTA continues to receive reports of thousands of contacts every month in which individuals fraudulently claiming to be IRS officials make unsolicited calls and “robocalls” to taxpayers and demanding that they send them cash, he said. “As the tax filing season begins, it is critical that all taxpayers continue to be wary of unsolicited telephone calls and e-mails from individuals claiming to be IRS and Treasury … Read More