In my in-box this morning were 3 emails telling me that my recent payment through EFTPS (Electronic Funds Transfer Payment System) has been rejected. They were bogus. But they were better than most phishing e-mails. They sounded "official" and it took me a moment to realize that if there were problems with my company id as suggested, then I wouldn't have been allowed to make the payment in the first place. I had to double check the respond URL they gave because it is so close to to actual EFTPS URL. The timing is right. Businesses are making 3rd quarter tax deposits now. And their warning:
Your tax payment is due regardless of EFTPS on-line availability. In case of an emergency, you can always make your tax payment by calling the EFTPS.
Very much sounds like something the IRS would write.
I use EFTPS regularly for clients, and these emails made me think. I can see them being a concern to taxpayers who only use the system a few times a year. So:
These emails are a scam. If there is a problem with your company id, you wouldn't have made it into the system to make a payment. If you are concerned about the possibility of this being true, don't use the link but log in to EFTPS directly and check your payment history.