Please remember that the IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information.
There is now a virus being sent via email which refers to an ‘IRS payment’ or an “IRS refund” with a Word document attached (.doc file). One example is:
DO NOT OPEN THIS ATTACHMENT!
Please refer to our January mailing on 2014 IRS Scams and Identity Theft for other information on this topic here.
If you believe you are at risk of identity theft due to lost or stolen personal information, you should contact the IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit at 800-908-4490 immediately so the agency can take action to secure your tax account. You can also visit their website which has a section devoted to identity theft where you can find additional information on Avoiding Tax Scams and helpful hints to protect yourself against identity theft here.
Newburg & Company, LLP continues to protect your information through its use of Portal and other encryption software. Please call us with any questions.