IRS Scam Alert

By Michael Banner - Apr 18, 2017      Comments     

One of our Hawaiian customers received a voicemail from the IRS claiming that there were multiple errors in her new LLC's Articles of Organization and if she didn't call back by the end of that day, they would "reject the documents!"

There's only one problem... This wasn't the IRS. It was a scam.

The IRS would not call you for anything concerning your LLC's articles of organization. They certainly wouldn't be telling you there were errors in the documents that were filed with your formation state.

What the IRS doesn't know, yet.

After a new LLC is formed, your LLC hasn't even fallen onto the IRS' radar yet. Your filing is only listed on the state's website. Only when your LLC applies for an EIN do they know that your LLC exists.
 

What the IRS knows and what they don't

The fact is the IRS only knows what you tell it about your entity, and that's via your EIN application (SS4). Nine times out of ten, this does NOT include a copy of your LLC's articles of organization. The only time the IRS would even have a copy of your articles of organization would be if your LLC was that one of ten, where their online filing tools kick out the application as not acceptable (usually because of a similarly named entity). Only then would we (when we're acting as third-party designee) would we fax them a copy of your LLC's articles of organization.

This is another reason why we know this request was fake: we hadn't faxed the IRS the articles.
 

Why the IRS won't call you

If they were going to call someone about an error or problem, they'd call the third-party designee. When we obtain an EIN for a customer, we'll be acting as the third-party designee. So the IRS would call us and not you.
  

What did the scammers want?

It does beg the questions, if it wasn't the IRS, who was it? And did they want?

This is impossible to tell without calling the scammer back. We strongly recommend against it. This is because we don't even know what their plan is. Perhaps they were trying to get your personal banking information; or maybe they want to steal your corporate identity; or it could be as simple as getting you to say "Yes" on a recorded line, which they could use later for another scam. For all these potential reasons, it's best to just move along.

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About Michael Banner
  CEO & Founder of SmallBiZ.com, created over seventeen years ago to help small business owners simplify the process of starting & managing their small businesses. SmallBiZ.com now serves over 10,000 businesses per year with various filing and subscription services; in addition to the 1000's of daily visitors to www.smallbiz.com, accessing free services, help pages, & educational videos & webinars.


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