Ask The California Employment Tax And Payroll Tax Attorney – Avoid Getting Scammed When Setting Up An Irs Online Account
By Robert S. Schriebman
On March 22, 2023, the IRS issued a press release warning the public to be aware of “helpful” offers to assist you in setting up your IRS online account. Addressing these third-party online account scams are part of the IRS’ annual “Dirty Dozen” campaign. According to the IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel, “Scammers are coming up with new ways all the time to try to steal information from taxpayers.” Mr. Werfel also added, “An Online Account at IRS.gov can help taxpayers view important details about their tax situation. But, scammers are trying to convince people they need help in setting up an account. In reality, no help is needed.” Scammers will use sensitive tax information to promote identity theft and steal your refund.
Online Account Scams
Swindlers pose as “helpful” third parties and offer to help create your IRS Online Account at IRS.gov. These accounts are easy to set up. You do not need anyone’s help. A scammer will make the offer to help you. They will then steal your sensitive personal information, such as your Social Security Number (SSN), or your Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) as well as photo identification. The criminal will then sell this information to other criminals. They can also use this sensitive information to file fraudulent tax returns, obtain loans, and open credit accounts.
IRS Sources – What To Do?
IRS encourages people to report an abusive tax scheme or a tax return preparer, and should mail or fax a completed Form 14242, Report Suspected Abusive Tax Promotions or Preparers and/or any supporting materials to the IRS Lead Development Center in the Office of Promoter Investigations:
IRS Lead Development Center, Stop MS5040, 2400 Avila Road, Laguna Nigel, CA 92677-3405
Robert Schriebman has a successful practice in the Rolling Hills Estates area of Los Angeles County serving clients throughout California and the United States. He has successfully dedicated more than 50 years to helping individual taxpayers, business owners, CPAs, Enrolled Agents, and tax attorneys navigate the complicated tax systems of the federal and state governments. Mr. Schriebman is in private practice. He is not affiliated in any way with the EDD, and he is not employed by the EDD or any other agency of the State of California.
Robert Schriebman has written the only 2 books ever published dealing with how California Employment Development Department (EDD) operates. See “California Tax Collection Practice and Procedures” and “California Taxation Practice and Procedure,” both published by Commerce Clearing House.
Robert Schriebman has written over 20 books including the major manual used nationally by practitioners and the IRS, “IRS Tax Collection Procedures – A Manual for Practitioners” published by Commerce Clearing House in addition to the only 2 books ever published dealing with how California Employment Development Department (EDD) operates. See “California Tax Collection Practice and Procedures” and “California Taxation Practice and Procedure,” both published by Commerce Clearing House.
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