Alerts from IRS Stakeholder Liaison

Beware of Mail from Government Imposters 

Imposter scams were the top fraud category in 2023. If you get a letter that looks like it’s from the government and demands money or information, it could be a scam.

New EFIN Scam Email Targets Tax Pros 

IRS is warning tax pros about an email scam that impersonates software companies in an attempt to steal Electronic Filing Identification Numbers (EFINs). The scammers claim that they need EFIN verification in order to transmit tax returns.

IRS Statement: Don’t File Amended Returns Related to the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 

IRS strongly urges taxpayers to not file amended returns related to the new legislative provisions or take other unnecessary steps at this time.

Urgent Electronic Filing Identification Number (EFIN) Scam Alert 

IRS is warning tax professionals about a new email phishing scam that impersonates IRS and attempts to steal EFINs, with the subject line, “Verifying your EFIN before e-filing.”

Reporting Phishing and Online Scams 

This tax season, remind your clients that the IRS doesn't initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media channels to request personal or financial information.

Know the Signs of a Data Breach 

To protect your clients and your tax practice, learn the tell-tale signs that your office may have experienced a data theft.

April 15 FBAR Filing Deadline 

U.S. citizens and resident aliens who have a foreign bank or financial account must file their annual FBAR by April 15.

IRS Revises EIN Application Process 

Starting May 13, 2019, only those with either an SSN or an ITIN may request an EIN as the “responsible party.”

Revised Handbook for E-File Providers 

Publication 1345, Handbook for Authorized IRS e-file Providers of Individual Income Tax Returns, has been updated.

Beware of New Tax Season Scams 

Certain Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS) telephone numbers are being used in a new spoofing scam.