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      New tax scam might be hard to detect

      The Internal Revenue Service is warning taxpayers to watch out for a new email phishing scam. The emails appear to be from the IRS Taxpayer Advocate Service and include a bogus case number.

      The fake emails may include the following message: ??Your reported 2013 income is flagged for review due to a document processing error. Your case has been forwarded to the Taxpayer Advocate Service for resolution assistance. To avoid delays processing your 2013 filing contact the Taxpayer Advocate Service for resolution assistance.??

      Recipients are directed to click on links that supposedly provide information about the ??advocate?? assigned to their case or that let them ??review reported income.?? The links lead them to web pages that solicit personal information.

      Taxpayers who get these emails should not respond or click on the links. The IRS wants people to forward the scam emails to the IRS at phishing@irs.gov.

      The Taxpayer Advocate Service is a legitimate organization that helps taxpayers resolve federal tax issues that have not been resolved through the normal IRS channels. The IRS, including TAS, does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text message, or any form of social media.

      The IRS says the initial contact will always be by mail.