The CEO of the Helena, Montana YMCA recently received an email from the IRS saying the organization’s tax return appeal had been “REJECTED.” Only, he’d filed no such appeal. And the email was a phishing scam. He knew this because he’s a pretty savvy guy. And also, his wife works for the BBB. Are you a business owner who has received a similar email?
This one appears to have been sent at 5:29 AM and the subject is “IRS notification of your tax appeal status.” It was sent to three different staffers within the YMCA in Helena. Note the slight awkwardness in the wording of the first sentence. (It should be “You are hereby notified;” the ID should be capitalized, and REJECTED should be lower case.)
Dear Business owner,
Hereby you are notified that your Tax Return Appeal id#8942318 has been REJECTED. If you believe the IRS did not properly apply the law due to a misinterpretation of the facts, be prepared to clarify and support your position. You can download the rejection details and re-submit your appeal using the following link Online Tax Appeal.
Internal Revenue Service Telephone Assistance for Businesses: Toll-Free, 1-800-829-4933
Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. your local time (Alaska & Hawaii follow Pacific Time).
Remember that the IRS will never send you an email of this type asking you to click on a link. All such email should be deleted unopened. Do not click any links. Do not open any attachments. Or, you can forward the email to the IRS at email@example.com.