Have you received emails from the “IRS Office of Professional Responsibility”? If you have, you should know that these emails are most likely part of a “phishing” scheme that tries to get your personal information. The subject line of this email is “Acquire new EIN” (or some variation) and the email itself instructs the addressee to obtain a new Employer Identification Number (EIN) by clicking on a link and providing personal information.
“Phishing” is a scam that is usually done by sending out unsolicited email to get unsuspecting victims to provide personal and financial information.
You should know that the IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information. The IRS also does not request personal information through email or ask for PIN numbers, passwords, credit card information or bank information. If you receive an email from someone who claims to be the IRS, do not click on any links provided or respond to these emails.
If you receive a “phishing” email like the one described above, or any other email from someone who claims to be the IRS and asks for personal information, please report it to email@example.com.