By Stephanie Salmon CPA

Have you received unsolicited IRS,  EFTPS or Office of Professional Responsibility Emails? Don’t be fooled.  The IRS, or any other government agency for that matter, will not initiate contact with you via email.  These emails are phishing scams and can contain attachments with malicious code. 

We are becoming conditioned to ignore emails from people we don’t know, but you might think “wait…I know the IRS (or my bank or the US postal Service)”.  Unfortunately, we now need to question all emails. These official looking emails are causing many to pause or even be alarmed.  The IRS website http://www.irs.gov/privacy/article/0,,id=179820,00.html provides a list of possible scams that have been reported and how to handle each situation.

Bottom Line: The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information.  The IRS does not send any communication requesting your PIN numbers, passwords or similar access information for credit cards, banks or other financial accounts.  Stop and think before opening those “Official Emails.”