The Internal Revenue Service has sent out a warning to tax practitioners to watch out for phishing e-mails posing as state accounting and professional associations. Seeking to collect user names and passwords, it is reported that the e-mails were sent to tax professionals in Iowa, Illinois, New Jersey, North Carolina and Canada.

The e-mail states: “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.”

The IRS has requested that tax practitioners who receive suspicious emails related to taxes or the IRS, or phishing attempts to gain access to practitioners’ databases, to forward those emails to

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