Today one of my clients who has a tax debt found the following email in her inbox, which was obviously NOT from the IRS:
Good day,Here is a notice, that you need to pay a penalty because you did not file income tax return by the deadline that is January 31, 2012.
Please note, that IRS [Section 6038(b)(1)] determines a monetary penalty to the amount of $10,000 for each [Form 5471] that is sent after the due date of filing the income tax return, or does not include the exhaustive information determined in [Section 6038(a)].
You will be released from the penalty provided that the taxpayer shows that the failure to meet the deadline for filing was caused by substantial reasons.
Please enter our official site for more details.
Internal Revenue Service United States
Department of the Treasury
As you can probably imagine, the link (“Please enter our official site”) does not take you to the IRS website. Had she clicked on the link, she could have compromised her computer files or possibly subjected her computer to a virus. It is important to keep in mind that the IRS does not send unsolicited emails.