How to Spot an IRS Impersonation Scheme

Financial Tips from Sean Dever, CPA

The IRS does not send taxpayers unsolicited e-mails about their tax accounts, tax situations, or personal tax issues. If you receive such an e-mail, most likely it’s a scam.

IRS impersonation schemes flourish during filing season. These schemes may take place via phone, fax, Internet sites, social networking sites, and particularly e-mail.

How do you spot them? How do you spot the wolf in sheep’s clothing? There are clues that help identify scammers.

Many impersonations are identity theft scams that try to trick victims into revealing personal and financial information that can be used to access their financial accounts. Some e-mail scams contain attachments or links that, when clicked, download malicious code (a virus) that infects your computer or directs you to a bogus form or site posing as an IRS form or Web site.

Some impersonations may be commercial Internet sites that consumers unknowingly visit, thinking they’re accessing the genuine IRS Web site, IRS.gov. However, such sites have no connection to the IRS.

If you want to know whether a site is legitimate or if you think you have been the victim of identity theft or fraud, please contact us. We definitely don’t want you to get scammed.

  1. Due Date Reminders for Employers Nonpayroll withholding. If the monthly deposit rule applies, deposit the tax for payments in April.
  2. Social Security, Medicare, and withheld income tax. If the monthly deposit rule applies, deposit the tax for payments in April.

This information provided by Sean Dever CPA. Sean provides personal service and expertise at affordable rates for business owners, executives and independent professionals.

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Sean Dever provides personal services and expertise at affordable rates for business owners, executives and independent professionals. Sean also contributes his expertise to the services provided by Express Payroll, an online payroll system that allows businesses to trust their payroll to experts who understand payroll processes and regulations.

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