Email Alert


Emails that appear to come from the US Department of the Treasury, Electronic Federal Tax Payment Division have been sent to many businesses all over the world and alarmed many of Harvard Business Services, Inc.'s clients. These emails have generated a number of calls to our office and we wanted to help shed some light on the topic.

Below is an example of the email:

Your Federal Tax Payment ID: ****** has been rejected.

Return Reason Code R21 - The identification number used in the Company Identification Field is not valid.
Please, check the information and refer to Code R21 to get details about your company payment in transaction contacts section:


The Electronic Federal Tax Payment System

The IRS has made the following announcement:

The IRS recently became aware of a fraudulent scheme targeting EFTPS users, the scheme uses an e-mail that claims your tax payment was rejected and directs you to a website for additional information. The website contains malware that will attempt to infect your computer.

If you receive a message claiming to be from the IRS or EFTPS, please:

Do not reply to the sender, access links on the site or submit any information to them.

If you receive a suspicious e-mail or discover a website posing as the IRS, please forward the e-mail or URL information to the IRS at

THE IRS provides further information on how to identify phishing/email scams and bogus IRS web sites.

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