IRS issues warning on email scam targeting payroll and HR departments

by David M. Wolfenden, CPA, CVA, MS, Managing Director


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Wheeler Wolfenden and Dwares, CPAs received an important notice from the Internal Revenue Service warning about an email scam that is once again happening across the country.

The IRS notice, dated January 25, 2017, states:

The Internal Revenue Service, state tax agencies and the tax industry today renewed their warning about an email scam that uses a corporate officer’s name to request employee Forms W-2 from company payroll or human resources departments.

This week, the IRS already has received new notifications that the email scam is making its way across the nation for a second time. The IRS urges company payroll officials to double check any executive-level or unusual requests for lists of Forms W-2 or Social Security number.

Our team suggests you download and read the full notice from the IRS. We encourage you to share this message with colleagues in other organizations via email and/or social media.

If you have any questions about the notice or any other IRS-related matter, please feel free to contact me or any member of our team.

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