IRS employee communication

Over the past week, several employees reported receiving a letter from the Internal Revenue Service notifying taxpayers they had received an item from them or an authorized third party on April 15, 2016. The letter does not ask for any action; rather, it says the IRS needs an additional 45 days to respond.

We checked with the IRS agent assigned to our April 12, 2016 district phishing incident, and he said the letter is likely in response to large number of school district employees who faxed or mailed the IRS Form 14039, “Identity Theft Affidavit,” several days after the reported breach. At the end of the work day on April 14, the district provided an email link to the Identity Theft Affidavit form, as well as a fax cover sheet and the offer to use district fax machines to fax the forms and required documentation. Many employees faxed their information on April 15.

If you want to confirm information in the IRS letter you received, call the toll-free phone number listed on the letter: 1-800-829-0922.