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IRS Warns of 'Taxpayer Advocate' E-Mail Phishing Scam

Taxpayers have reported a scam coming from an organization claiming to be affiliated with the IRS.
Taxpayers have reported a scam coming from an organization claiming to be affiliated with the IRS.
by Elizabeth Janney

Taxpayers should be wary of an email phishing scam aimed at collecting people's personal information, according to the Internal Revenue Service.

In the scam, people receive emails referencing the Taxpayer Advocate Service. The emails state: “Your reported 2013 income is flagged for review due to a document processing error. Your case has been forwarded to theTaxpayer Advocate Service for resolution assistance. To avoid delays processing your 2013 filing, contact the Taxpayer Advocate Service for resolution assistance.”

In the email, there's a link to get contact information for the bogus "advocate" assigned to the case with an ask for personal information and a link to review reported income, the IRS warned.

People receiving such emails should not reply or click on any links.

Anyone who receives the message may forward the email to the IRS at atphishing@irs.gov.

Macko D March 31, 2014 at 07:03 PM
Steve, I would say that a flat tax is the fairest way to allocate tax paying responsibility. Of course there should be provisions for the totally destitute... we need to show compassion. But I am afraid that we have created an entitlement program of handouts to able bodied people. I just feel the current system is full of abuse.
Brian N March 31, 2014 at 07:34 PM
I agree with Mack, there has to be provisions for those who are truly destitute, but every one else pays their share, no loopholes, especially for large corporations.
Old Pizza April 01, 2014 at 05:23 AM
@Brian N - "provisions for those who are truly destitute". It starts there and grows. What about the guy with 6 kids and a mortgage? Or the poor farmer who lost most of his crops? Or the company that's just getting off the ground? Or the family with huge medical expenses? Or the parents with big college expenses? If you give a break to one class, the others will be in line looking for theirs.
Brian N April 01, 2014 at 08:06 AM
There is a difference between laziness and the truly destitute. Reasonable, compassionate people understand this. I sometimes question how the majority of Republicans also refer to themselves as Christian.

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