ALERT: Tax Refund Scam Artists Posing as Taxpayer Advocacy Panel

March 24, 2016

The Taxpayer Advocacy Panel (TAP) has been alerted that taxpayers are receiving emails allegedly from TAP about their tax refunds. These emails are a scam; do not click the links in them. TAP never requests or has access to personal or financial information of taxpayers. This includes requests for PIN numbers, passwords or similar information for credit cards, banks or other financial institutions. These emails are believed to be part of a phishing scam, where unsolicited emails pose as legitimate organizations to lure unsuspecting victims to provide personal financial information.

If you receive an email that appears to be from TAP regarding your personal tax information, do not respond. Instead, please forward them to phishing@irs.gov and note that you believe you received an illegitimate email phishing for your personal information.