Be aware if you received an e-mail that was sent out to tax practitioners today. At the top you will see:
From: IRS e-Service [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Thursday, February 16, 2017 1:29 PM
To: Undisclosed recipients:
Subject: E-Service Account Closure!
Dear Tax Pro,
We noticed you have not updated your EFIN details for 2017 Tax season. Please follow the link below to securely update your E-Service account renewal details.
Any Tax Preparer who fails to renew and follow this update Your Account will be suspended within 12 to 24 hours.
First, notice the e-mail did not originate from IRS. You will also see the Update now which will take you to the scam artist (this Update now is a sample of the link, not the actual link). Below are links with information on IRS.gov to advise you of how IRS will contact those who need to update their accounts.
How do I know when my EFIN has been compromised?
Check the EFIN status of your application to make sure the volume of returns e-filed matches your records. You can also review your acknowledgement report totals. If your records do not agree, your EFIN may have been compromised.
Who do I contact if I have a concern or question associated with my EFIN?
Contact the e-help desk at 866-255-0654 (6:30 AM to 6 PM CT) to find out additional information or visit Information for IRS e-file Providers on IRS.gov if you have questions or concerns in regards to your EFIN. A few examples may be:
· Report a possible compromised EFIN
· You haven’t used your EFIN in the last 2 years
· You are having trouble or have questions about changes to your e-file application