The Internal Revenue Service learned late Friday of a new tax scam on
the Internet that lures taxpayers into filing tax information on a site
masquerading as a member of the Free File Alliance. The IRS reminded
taxpayers the only place to access the Free File program is through the
official Web site.

“The final days of the tax season always bring tax scams,” IRS
Commissioner Mark W. Everson said. “Make sure you’re really dealing
with the IRS. Taxpayers can feel safe using Free File, but the only way
to do it is through the secure Web site.”

The latest twist on tax scams involves tax preparation Web sites that
inaccurately say they are part of the Free File Alliance, a partnership
between 19 tax software companies and the IRS. The IRS is working with
the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration to look into
allegations that the Web sites accepted tax information from taxpayers,
changed the taxpayers’ bank account numbers to their own and then filed
the return through a legitimate Free File partner.,,id=169507,00.html