IRS warns tax professionals about phishing emails

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (KCRG-TV9) -- The IRS is warning tax practitioners about phishing emails posing as state accounting and professional associations.

Tax professionals sent reports to the IRS about emails they received trying to trick them into disclosing their email usernames and passwords.

Cybercriminals targeted tax practitioners in Iowa, Illinois, North Carolina and New Jersey.

The suspicious emails state: “We kindly request that you follow this link HERE and sign in with your email to view this information from (name of accounting association) to all active members. This announcement has been updated for your kind information through our secure information sharing portal which is linked to your email server.”

Any tax professional who receives phishing attempts or suspicious emails related to the IRS or taxes should forward them to phishing@irs.gov.