I am sending this email to you because new tax scams are coming out with individuals calling saying they are with IRS Advocate office and they account has been flagged with a case number.

 

They are indicating that money is due and they need to pay something toward the tax due immediately. Some individuals are calling saying they owe taxes from back years and they need to pay today or they will close down the business.

 

PLEASE REMEMBER that the IRS never calls out of the blue or sends emails especially requesting money immediately on the telephone. So if you get a call like this you need to ask a lot of questions, ask for the telephone number to call back and never give out their Social Security number, send any money by check or give credit card information out.
 

The Email Phishing Scam


In March, the IRS was alerted about a new email phishing scam where the emails appear to be from the IRS Taxpayer Advocate Service and include a bogus case number and 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.”

The recipient is directed to click on links that supposedly provide information about the “advocate” assigned to their case or that let them “review reported income.” 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. Instead, they should forward the scam emails to the IRS at phishing@irs.gov. For more information, visit the IRS' Report Phishing web page..

 

One of the more recent scams announced by the IRS is worth noting.

The Delinquent Tax Scam


Callers identifying themselves as the IRS phone you and disclose that you owe delinquent taxes. They say that unless there is immediate payment by debit or credit card you may be subject to immediate deportation, arrest, loss of a license or loss of your business.

Why Does This Work?
 

These callers sound legitimate and the scams are often fairly sophisticated. Per the IRS, the callers who commit this fraud often;

 - Use common names and fake IRS badge numbers.
 - Know the last four digits of the victim’s Social Security number.
 - Make caller ID appear as if the IRS is calling.
 - Send bogus IRS emails to support their scam.
 - Call a second time claiming to be the police or DMV, and caller ID again supports their claim.
 

What Can You Do?
 

While the IRS never initiates communication via email, they sometimes do initiate contact via the phone. So what steps can you take to ensure this does not happen to you?

Mail is the typical IRS contact vehicle. Initial communication with the IRS is most often the mail. Your fraud alert should go way up with a phone call or email.
 

No personal information from you. Never give personal information to the caller. This is true even if the person calling sounds legitimate.
 

Get their information. Get the caller to give you all the information they have on the case. Get their badge number. Also get the name of their supervisor and the division they work with at the agency. Then hang up.
 

Initiate the contact. After hanging up, contact the IRS. You can then confirm whether the call was legitimate. Here are the legitimate contact points:
 

   - Internet: www.irs.gov
   - 1040 questions: 1.800.829.1040
   - To report fraud: Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 800-366-4484
 

If, by chance, the request appears to be genuine please ask for help prior to sharing any information. As the old adage goes, it is better to be safe than sorry.

 

If you have any questions about these issues impacting you, please call me here at the office.

 

Monica
 

 

Monica Rebella, CPA/IAR
Rebella
Accountancy
507 E. First Street #A
Tustin,CA 92780
ph (714) 619-0667
Fax (714) 544-0236
email: mrebella@rebellacpa.com



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