On March 28th, the IRS issued a warning to taxpayers about a new email phishing scam that involves communications which appear to come from the IRS Taxpayer Advocate Service and include a bogus case number. (IR 2014-39)
According to the IRS, the fake emails may include the following 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.”
Recipients are directed to click on links that supposedly provide them with various details about their case. The links lead to web pages that solicit personal information. Taxpayers who get these messages should not respond to the email or click on the links.
This is one of many scams that are phishing around this late in the tax season. If you have any questions about the legitimacy of a government communication or any other tax inquiries, please contact your Brown Smith Wallace Tax Advisor, or any of the following advisors: