The IRS has come out today and publicly warned taxpayers to be wary of phony IRS audit scams. They remind us that IRS never contacts taxpayers via email or social media to initiate an audit or to correspond with you directly regarding your account.

Also: IRS never asks for personal info such as PIN numbers or passwords to bank accounts.

The ONLY official IRS website is www.IRS.gov. Any other website looking like or claiming to be IRS is bogus.

If you receive a phone call, fax or letter from IRS and you have any reason to suspect that it is a scam, you can call 1-800-829-1040 to determine if it is legitimate.

Suspicious emails should be forwarded to phishing@irs.gov