Last month, the IRS stopped identity thieves from attempting to generate E-file PINS for stolen Social Security Numbers. The PINS are used to efile a tax return. There were 101,000 Social Security Numbers affected. The IRS will be contacting the taxpayers to tell them of the breach, and tax return identity theft markers will be placed on their accounts. There was no personal taxpayer data compromised or disclosed. The breach was not related to the shutdown of efiling last week.
Remember, the IRS will only contact you by mail. They will not contact you by telephone or email. If you need clarification of the correspondence, do not hesitate to consult your CPA.