EFTPS email confirmations help thwart identity theft and fraudulent tax returns

September 6, 2017|Crystal Nussbaum

As an added layer of identity theft protection, Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS) payments will now provide payment confirmations via email. The IRS is working in partnership with taxpayers and businesses to implement safeguards protecting taxpayers from identity theft returns and fraudulent refunds.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) continues to partner with state tax agencies and businesses as part of a unified Security Summit created to identify and implement additional safeguards for protecting your federal and state tax accounts from identity thieves.

The Summit has already initiated a number of measures designed to protect you from identity theft and fraudulent refunds. As part of their efforts, they’ve launched a campaign, “Taxes. Security. Together,” to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity.

Let us be part of the “Taxes. Security. Together.” effort to protect ourselves from the increasing number of cybercriminal attacks. As we continue to work toward a safer tax filing season, consider another way you can protect and track your tax payment data.

EFTPS enables payment confirmation emails

The Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS) is provided free of charge by the U.S. Department of the Treasury and is used to make tax payments to the IRS. In 2017, EFTPS introduced the Email Address Management System. By opting in to the service, EFTPS will generate an email to you any time a payment has been scheduled, cancelled or returned. The EFTPS system will also send a reminder email a few days before a payment is scheduled to be paid (if a future date is selected).

This email notification will apply to any enrollment that has been created within the EFTPS for the same Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN).

To begin receiving email notifications, you’ll need to sign up. It is as simple as logging into the EFTPS website, clicking under My Profile, then Email Address Management and supplying your email address.

Continue to be aware of phishing email scams

Taxpayers will only receive an email from EFTPS if they have requested the service. As a matter of practice, email confirmations sent through the ETFPS system will not contain links within the email message—in an attempt to dissuade taxpayers from clicking on potentially malicious links in other emails. If you receive any emails containing links that appear to be from EFTPS, do not click on them as they are likely a scam.

As a reminder, the IRS has reported a number of email phishing scams. Remember never to provide your Social Security number, password information or account numbers unless you’ve verified the recipient. Read about a few phishing scams that were reported recently:

For more information, please contact your Schenck payroll specialist.

Crystal Nussbaum is a senior salary payroll administrator with more than 10 years of experience providing payroll and HR support functions for Schenck.

Tags: Payroll, Tax