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IRS Warns Tax Pros of New Scams

The IRS and Security Summit alert tax professionals about evolving scams targeting business and taxpayer info.


Common Scams


New Client Scheme


Fraudsters pose as new clients, using emails with malicious links or attachments to steal data or install malware.


Phishing Scams


Scammers send fake IRS emails and texts to obtain EFINs, PTINs, and CAF numbers for filing fake returns.


Phone and Text Scams


Thieves use calls and texts to get Social Security numbers and banking info. Be aware of:

  • AI-generated fake IRS letters

  • Zero Tax program scams

  • Social media tax misinformation


Protection Tips


  1. Verify new clients: Be cautious with email requests.

  2. Stay informed: Learn about current scam tactics.

  3. Report scams: Forward scam emails to phishing@irs.gov.

  4. Report breaches: Contact your IRS Stakeholder Liaison if a data breach occurs.

  5. Understand FTC rules: Report breaches affecting 500+ people to the FTC within 30 days.


Security Summit Efforts


The "Protect Your Clients; Protect Yourself" campaign offers resources and sessions at IRS Nationwide Tax Forums to keep tax pros informed.

Stay vigilant to protect your practice and clients from identity theft. For more info, visit the IRS website and the Federation of Tax Administrators' Report a Data Breach page.

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